CJ440 Internship in Crim Just

for FA 2007

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CJ 440 Internship in Crim Just


FA 2007 HOC


Plumb, Greg


Professor of Criminal Justice


B.A. History & Economics - University of Missouri - Columbia
J.D. - University of Missouri - Columbia

Office Location

Mabee (the Underground) Room 226

Office Hours

Mondays: 8:00-9:00; Tuesdays: 10:00-12:00 & 2:15-3:00; Wednesdays: 9:00-11:00 & 1:00-1:45; Thursdays: 10:00-12:00 & 2:15-3:00; Fridays: 8:00-11:00

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

August 20 - December 13, 2007

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



No textbook is required.  The Criminal Justice faculty has a library of books, which can be borrowed, about careers in criminal justice .  Professors have experiences in many aspects of criminal justice and can provide direction to students.

Additional Resources:

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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Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
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Course Description:
This course provides practical application through service with a criminal justice agency. Opportunities are available in both the public and private sectors. Prerequisites: Permission of Department Chair. Variable credit: 3-6 hours.

Educational Philosophy:

The Criminal Justice faculty wants students to have a meaningful and memorable practical experience, which supplements classroom learning experiences. Students are expected to keep a journal of their work activities and to analyze the experiences in the context of classroom learning.  Hopefully, internships will lead students further into the areas explored or at least be a worthwhile experience in a complementary career path.

The instructor’s overarching approach to education is to emphasize the broadening of intellect as a strategy for developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. It is essential to integrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the classroom into the active lives of students, both as individuals and as members of social groups. It is not the facts we learn, but how we use them that provides us with the tools needed to better the human condition.

The instructor will use lectures, class discussions, group activities, handouts, supplementary readings, audio-visual aids, examinations, case studies, and other methods to facilitate learning.  Student performance expectations: 

1.  The instructor assumes the student has read and understands the syllabus and expects students to ask questions if any aspect of the course requirements is unclear.

2.   Students are expected to demonstrate that they are meeting the course objectives by attending class; actively participating in class discussions, activities, and exercises; timely submitting all written assignments; delivering required oral presentations; and sitting for any scheduled examinations.

3.  Students are assigned readings from the required text(s) and/or supplemental text materials in advance of each class meeting and are expected to be prepared for class. 

4.  Students are expected to ask questions if they do not understand something.

5.  The instructor encourages a mutual learning environment, where students can freely raise questions in the search for understanding. Students are expected to listen to each other, ask questions, raise concerns, and provide the respect that each individual deserves. Students are also encouraged to bring any items to class which they feel will add substantially to the learning environment.


Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate an agency in the criminal justice system by working in it
  2. Reflect on and assess the activities performed as a vocation
  3. Critique the job activities with classmates and/or instructor

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Observe an agency in the criminal justice system by working within it.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Successful students will:

            1.  Find a suitable agency to complete the required internship hours.

            2.  Complete the attached Document A, in which the student and the supervisor in the selected agency agree to the student's duties by both signing.

            3.  Keep a journal of the internship.  Include in the journal your thoughts about the activities you participated in.  This journal should be attached to the final paper.

            4.  Maintain weekly contact with the instructor during the semester so that he/she can count you present. This contact may be telephonic, electronic, or in person.

              5.  Meet with classmates twice during the semester – at the beginning and then at the end of the Semester or respond to directions of the instructor.

             6.  At the end of the internship, provide a paper of 4 to 8 pages explaining how you applied the knowledge, skills, and principles presented in the classroom setting, and how you felt about your experiences.  Attach your journal to the final paper.

            7.  Complete 135 hours of work for three hours of credit and 270 hours for six hours of credit.

            8.  Make certain the supervisor sends a confidential report to the instructor about your performance in the internship.  


Complete required number of hours and receive a positive letter from your supervisor             50%

Have discussions with your classmates and/or professor                                                                                                                              10%                                                                                                     

Submit a journal  in a timely manner                                                                                       20%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Write a 4-8 page paper about the internship experience                                                          20% 


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Failure to report during scheduled times will be counted as absences and will result in the lowering of a grade. Late journals or final papers will result in an Incomplete.  All materials, including letters from the internship supervisor, must be submitted to your professor by the last Wednesday of classes.
All course assignments are due by a specific date. Late submissions are not accepted. No assignments will be accepted, reviewed, or graded beyond the established last date of the term in which the course is taken.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be present and participate with the few required meetings with classmates and professors.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Students have three required discussions with their classmates and/or professor. They must complete the required number of hours in the internship successfully and submit the required paper.  


During the internship, students should submit a weekly journal listing the dates and hours worked and a brief description of the activities performed and a reflection on these activities.  


The student paper should contain: 1) a description of the agency and its placement in the criminal justice system; 2) observations and experiences learned by participation in CJ440; 3) a discussion of the positive and negative experiences of the internship; and 4) conclusions about how the internships fits into the student's coursework at this point in the University experience.  


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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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