CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

for F2HH 2006

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


F2HH 2006 PA


Bailey, Jack Lee


Senior Instructor, Adjunct Faculty


MS, Corrections-Xavier University
Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist-National Association of Forensic Counselors/American College of Certified Forensic Counselors
Certified Professional in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice-National Association of Chiefs of Police

Office Location

Home-2137 Kittyhawk Ave, Springfield, OH 45503

Office Hours

May contact by e-mail, regular mail, or phone anytime (leave message)

Daytime Phone

(937) 399-2877

Other Phone

Park office-WPAFB  (937) 904-4868 or 904-4806




Semester Dates

October 16,2006 to December 17, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM


EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing

Credit Hours


Visions for Change (Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century), 4th Edition.  Muraskin, Roslyn and Albert R. Roberts.  Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ 2005   ISBN0-13-177689-4

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Students are encouraged to read other resources on current issues and topics in criminal justice.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
This capstone course addresses current issues and trends in criminal justice with emphasis on group discussion. Each student will be required to prepare, submit and defend a senior thesis. Successful completion of the thesis is mandatory. This course will satisfy the EN 306 requirement for Criminal Justice majors. PREREQUISITES: EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
To provide an understanding of current and future issues that may or will affect society, criminal justice and it's practitioners.  Students will take 3 exams to show knowledge of the materials covered in the course, both from the text and any information introducted by the instructor.  Students will also write a research paper of no less than 10 pages narrative (not including the title page, table of contents, and works cited page) which will be on some current issue affecting the criminal justice system and society, and present that project to the class.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the ethical and value questions in the criminal justice system.
  2. Criticize factual situations, applying this knowledge.
  3. Improve the ability to effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate information (in both written and oral forms), including the use of the Internet for communication and research.
  4. Design and construct the research, writing and defense of a thesis.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. To better understand "hot topics" that continually affect the criminal justice system as well as society.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Each student will do the following:

A.  Take 3 exams, each valued at 25% of the overall grade.  Exams will not be comprehensive.

B.  Write a resarch project based on some current issue the criminal justice system is dealing with.  It shall be no less than 10 pages long, typed, double spaced using MLA, APA, or Chigaco format.  Projects will be graded on content, format, style, spelling, grammar,  and puntucation.  There will also be a title page, table of contents, and works cited page.  The instructor has the discretion of determing excellent, good, or subpar work and what points may be deducted for subpar work.

Exams use assorted style questions.  The instructor has the discretion of granting full, partial, or no credit for any exam answer.

Exams are worth 25% each, and the research project is worth 25%.

Grade Scale

A        92-100
B        83-91
C        74-82
D        65-73

Below 65, or 3 unexcused absences in a term, or 2 consecutive unexcused absences in a term = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Exams are expected to be taken on scheduled dates, and the project it expected no later than the last class.  Documented allowances can be made for illnesses, emergencies, and work related issues.  If unable to complete the term an incomplete would have to be filed for at the approval of the instructor based on proper documentation.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The classroom is designed to be non threatening, and open discussion is encouraged.  Students are expected to respect the rights and feelings of others.  Faculty members are expected to dismiss anyone whose behavior is detrimental to the class.  Behavior includes but is not limited to abusive or obscence language, appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, etc.  Students dismissed are subject to suspension, or expulsion and a failing grade.  Behavior, verbal or written may subject one to those sanctions, and such behavior towards administrative or support stafff carries the same sanctions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
October 19                                   Orientation                                
                                   Chapter 1 - Looking to the Future of Criminal Justice                                            
                                   Chapter 2 - Reaffirming Juvenile Justice:  Stratagies for the Future

October 26                                   Chapter 3 -  Gangs:  Origin, Status, Community Responses, and Policy Implications                                            
                                   Chapter 4 - The Situation of Crime Victims in the Early Decades of the Twenty Firs     
                                   Chapter  5 - Murder and Mayhem in the Media:  Media Misrepresentation of Crime 
                                                     and Criminality

November 2                                 Exam                                    
                                   Chapter 6 - The War on Drugs: Treatment, Research, and Substance Abuse                                             
                                                    Intervention in the Twenty-First Century
                                   Chapter 7 - Identity Theft: An Overview of the Problem                                            
                                   Chapter 8 - Looking for a New Approach to an Old Prolbem: The Future of                                                 Obscenity
                                                    and Pornography

November 9                 Chapter 10- Terrorism in America
                                  Chapter 11- Profiling and Detnetion in the War on Terror:  Human Rights
                                                    Predicaments for the Criminal Justice Appparatus
                                  Chapter 13- Terrorism-Nothing New:  The Violent and the Violence

November 16               Chapter 16- Research and Policies on Domestic Violence Complaints:  The
                                                    Present to the Future
                                  Chapter 18- A Police View:  Domestic Violence
                                  Chapter 21- The United States Supreme Court and the Death Penalty:  The Path
                                                    to Abolition

November 23               No Class-Thanksgiving Break

November 30               Exam
                                  Chapter 22- The Bill of Rights in the Twenty-First Century
                                  Chapter 25- Sentencing in the Twenty-First Century:  Sentence Enhancement
                                                    and Life Without Parole

December 7                Chapter 31- Women and the Law:  An Agenda for Change
                                 Chapter 32- The New Millenniem:  Women in Policing in the Twenty-First Century
                                 Chapter 33- The Administration of Justice Based on Gender and Race

December 14              Exam
                                 Turn in and present projects

The aforemention schedule is subject to change, and a decision will be made about the date on which to make-up the class that was cancelled due to Thanksgiving.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89
Any student purposely cheating will be recommended to have a failing grade for the course.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
This is a serious matter.  Sometimes students may accidentally plagiarize without realizint it.  When in doubt consult the instructor.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
As noted in Late Submission of Course Materials, students must provide documentation in order to avoid an unexcused absence.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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