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Course Description: An introduction to the history, nature, structure, and function of the criminal justice system in America, with comparisons to systems in other nations. An examination of the various aspects of the administration of justice systems, including law enforcement, courts, correctional agencies (including probation and parole), including the increasing role of private entities in the system. 3:0:3
Learning Outcomes:1. Understand that the problems of crime and justice do not exist in a vacuum -- that they are typically shaped by many of the political and social events occurring in the society and world around us.
2. Understand the process through which some crimes come into being.
3. Understand the legal definitions of the major categories of crimes.
4. Identify and describe the various stages in the criminal justice process.
Course Assessment: The students will be expected to read all assignments prior to meeting with the instructor and be prepared to discuss what they have read. In addition, the students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absence.
Grading: Section #1 Test -- 20%
Section #2 Test -- 20%
Section #3 Test -- 20%
Research Paper -- 40%
A = 90 - 100%, B = 80 - 89%, C = 70 - 79%, D = 60 - 69%, F = Below 60%
Late Submission of Course Materials: All assignments must be submitted on time or a reduction in grade will be rendered on each item submitted late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to attend class and be on time. Student-instructor interaction is key in the process of learning.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: All class assignments for future class dates will be handed out at least one class night before they are due. Also, a research paper is due on the last day of class. This paper will be a minimum of 10 pages, not including the cover, outline, introduction, figure page, exhibit page or reference page. The paper will be done in MLA format, which will be explained by the instructor.
Research Paper: A research paper will be assigned to each student at the first or second class meeting. This paper will be a minimum of 10 pages, double-spaced, 12-pitch, with one-inch margins. It will be created in MLA format. Your instructor will give you handouts and instructions on how to create a paper in this format. A minimum of 5 book references will be used. You may use the Internet as a source, but only after the 5-book minimum has been accomplished. You are encouraged to use graphs and charts to demonstrate your research. However, these graphs and charts may not be substituted for any of the ten pages.
You are encouraged to use the Base Library for your research materials. Any assistance you need for this facility can be provided by the instructor, Park University, or the library.
The justice system, organization and process
The nature of crime and victimization
Criminal law, substance and procedure
Police in society, history and organization
The police role and function
Issues in policing
Police and the rule of law
Courts, prosecution and defense
The criminal trial
Punishment and sentencing
Review material will be handed out for each chapter in the tests.
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, either on a test or by plagiarism, the student or students involved will normally be given an immediate grade of "F" and dropped from the course.
Plagiarism: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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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