CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


F2H 2006 BUX


Schlicht, James O.


Senior Professor/Adjunct Faculty


B.A., Political Science, University of Kentucky, 1975
J.D., Duquesne Univsrsity, 1978

Office Location

43 Planters Circle, Ladys Island, SC 29907

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Daytime Phone


Other Phone






Semester Dates

23 October - 17 December, 2006

Class Days


Class Time



EN 105, EN 106, Passing WCT, Senior Status

Credit Hours


Hickey, Thomas J.:  Taking Sides, Clashing views in Crime and Criminology, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill (2006)

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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:
This is an individualized-instruction seminar that requires ono-on-one interaction between the student and the instructor.  Students are expected to be prepared.

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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Weekly meetings will be held to discuss and analyze course readings.  A senior thesis is also required.  The thesis must pertain to a topic of interest to the student, approved by the instructor, and within the field of criminal justice. The thesis must be in APA format.  It is expected that the thesis will address the research issue in an adequate manner, be thoughtful and insightful in nature, and be adequately supported by cited research.  Research should come primarily from refereed materials (journals and books).  Interviews are sometimes helpful, but are not necessary for this project.  Internet sites not including refereed materials should not be the primary focus of research. While there is no specific page length requirement, it is expected that the thesis will adequately address the issue.  (I expect to see 20 - 30 pages exclusive of bibliography.)  Additionally, the student will defend the thesis.  The defense will include a statement of the research question and the initial hypothesis, summarization of research findings, and a statement of conclusion based upon those findings. 


Senior Thesis:  80% of grade

Defense of Senior Thesis:  10% of grade

Participation in Seminar Discussions:  10% of grade

A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=<60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission absent a reasonable excuse will result in a reduction of one letter grade for each day late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should be on time, be properly attired, and must turn off or set to vibrate all cell phones and pagers.


Class Activities,



Meeting - 1,

Definitions and Explanations of Crime,

Issues 1-4,

Submission and approval of thesis prospectus,

Meeting - 2,

Justice Issues and Contemporary Issues,

Issues 5-7,


Meeting - 3,

Justice Issues and Policy Issues,

Issues 8-9,


Meeting - 4,

Prison Programs and Alternatives,

Issues 10-12,


Meeting - 5,

Criminal Justice Research, Evaluation, and Policy Analysis,

Issues 13-15,


Meeting - 6,

Future Trends,

Issues 16-19,


Meeting - 7,

Thesis Due,



Meeting - 8,

Defense of Thesis,



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

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

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

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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