CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

for S2B 2008

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


S2B 2008 BL


Kurita, M. Sue




BA University of Texas at El Paso
MA Webster University
JD Texas Tech University School of Law

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

915 543-3868




Semester Dates

March 17to May 10, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 PM -10:10 PM


EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT

Credit Hours



Additional Resources:
Reference and materials necessary to complete the thesis such as books, periodicals, interviews and studies.

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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: EN105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing 3:0:3. (From catalog 2007-2008)

Educational Philosophy:
Judge Kurita’s educational philosophy is one of open interactiveness based on lectures, dialogues, and student thesis topics. Judge Kurita will engage each student in what is referred to as socratic classroom dialog learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions of each students thesis topic.

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. Evaluate and analyze pertinent and legal issues in the current criminal justice system
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the U.S. Criminal Justice System in all facets of American life.
  3. Express factually based opinions about controversial criminal justice issues.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Complete a 15-18 page thesis paper.  Present the thesis topic to class in a succinct oral presentation.  Every student must be present to discuss and critique fellow classmates oral presentation of the thesis topic.
All papers must include the following statment:
"This paper is my own work product and has not been used to meet any course requirement for another class."


85% paper;
10 % class oral presentation 
5%  discussion and critique of fellow classmates oral presentations

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be docked a letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Exhibit courtesy to all in the class. This is especially important to insure that all opinions are respected as well as fostering an environment for open factually based discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


MARCH 21 Discuss paper topics

MARCH 28 Approve and assign topics for paper

APRIL 4 Approve and assign topics for paper 
APRIL 11 Research and drafting of project

APRIL 18 Review thesis topic and student's work

APRIL 25 Research and drafting of project

MAY 2 Research and drafting of project

MAY 9   PAPER DUE-Class presentations
FEBRUARY 29  Class presentations

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
Papers must copntain following:
"This paper is my own work product and has not been used to satisfy a class requirement for any other academic class."

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 .

Additional Information:

The Thesis

a) Students must produce a 15-18 page Thesis from course materials and research that exhibits attainment of the Criminal Justice program competencies. The thesis contents must exhibit not only specific knowledge, but must also reflect student growth in higher order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. 

b) This instructor does not specify an exact format for the thesis, but  the student’s thesis should reflect a lengthy experimental, design, or theoretical report, using a problem-method-results-discussion structure. The hypothetic-deductive pattern of developing a thesis to solve a problem and then constructing a methodology and testing for results is common in research writing. 

c) The paper must include an introduction that presents the hypothesis, the premise the paper intends to support. The body of the paper should test the research hypothesis by a review of the literature, the current methodology, the analysis, an organized discussion, and the final conclusions. All research material must be footnoted and listed in the bibliography.


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