CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.
SP 2009 HO
Dr. Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Doctor of Public Administration (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1999)Master of Public Administration (Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1983)Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1976)
MA 416-F (Library)
Monday (11am-3pm), Wednesday (9am-10am, 4:45pm-5:45pm)
January 12 - May 8, 2009
1:50 - 4:40 PM
EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing.
Title: Taking Sides-Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology
Author: Thomas J. Hickey (Ed.)
Year: 2008 - 8th Edition
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
The instructor will be using eCompanion during the term for instructor-student communications, distributing handouts and supplemental readings, document sharing, recording grades, posting PowerPoint slides, webliography, etc. Students can access the course website using their student ID and OPEN password via:
From time to time, the instructor will refer students to supplemental required readings, audiovisuals, case studies, articles, computer resources, etc. which will be posted on eCompanion and/or provided as supplemental handouts in class. It is the student's responsibility to have reliable access to eCompanion and maintain currency on all assigned material.
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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 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
Thesis: CJ450, Senior Seminar, is the capstone course of the Criminal Justice Program. Each student is required to prepare, submit, and defend a senior thesis. Successful completion of the thesis is mandatory. At the first course meeting, students will be provided with a guide and complete instructions for completing the thesis.
Examinations (2): There will be TWO (2) examinations on the Current Issues covered during the semester. Examinations may be in class or take-home, closed or open books/notes, and may be either or a combination of objective and subjective type questions.
Seminar Participation (15 Meeting Dates): Your participation in class activities will be assessed EACH class meeting. Participation may take many forms: a class discussion; an individual or group oral report on your assigned reading; a quiz. Students can expect to be assessed on their participation each class meeting. There are NO MAKEUPS for these assessments. Students who are not PRESENT in class to engage in them lose the points. Emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
ALL COURSE ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS, QUIZZES, PRESENTATIONS, DISCUSSIONS, GROUP ACTIVITIES, HOMEWORK, ETC. ARE DUE AS PUBLISHED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE IN THIS SYLLABUS, OR AS DIRECTED IN CLASS, EXCEPT AS SPECIFIED BELOW:
MAKEUP POLICY - MAJOR EXAMINATIONS ONLY: Students who fail to complete the scheduled examinations will receive a grade of 0 (F) for the assessment item. Students involved in a University-sanctioned event (e.g., sports competition) or experiencing some type of EMERGENCY (e.g., personal illness, car accident, family issue, etc.), which will impact their ability to complete a major examination, must personally contact the instructor BEFORE the schedule examination, or as soon as possible afterwards if an emergency. A makeup for the examination MAY be offered on a case-by-case basis, subject to written documentation from the student substantiating the University activity (e.g., team schedule, correspondence from coach) or EMERGENCY (e.g., medical note, police report, etc.) and notice from the student. THE INSTRUCTOR HAS NO OBLIGATION TO OFFER A MAKEUP EXAM.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
PLEASE silence all beepers, cell phones, wireless communication devices, electronics, etc. while in class.
If a cell phone must be used during class (including text messaging), please do so outside the classroom.
PLEASE show each other the same respect you would want by actively listening to others and maintaining civility in the discourse.
REMEMBER that we are all different and that we grow and develop positively by practicing acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of each other's opinions, customs, and ideas.
Week 1 – January 14, 2009
Week 2 – January 21, 2009
· Thesis: Topic, Hypothesis, Dependent and Independent Variable(s)
· Current Issues: Topic and Readings TBA
Week 3 – January 28, 2009
· Current Issues: Topic and Readings TBA
Week 4 – February 4, 2009
Week 5 – February 11, 2009
Week 6 – February 18, 2009
Week 7 – February 25, 2009
Week 8 – March 4, 2009
· Examination #1 on Current Issues (Weeks 1 through 7)
***SPRING BREAK – MARCH 7-15, 2009 – NO CLASSES***
Week 9 – March 18, 2009
· Thesis: Progress report about your thesis research - What have you accomplished? What do you need to do to finish?
Week 10 – March 25, 2009
· Current Issues: Topic and Readings TBA
Week 11 – April 1, 2009
· Thesis: Rough Draft and Assembly of Paper in direct order
Week 12 – April 8, 2009
· Thesis: Corrections to rough draft
Week 13 – April 15, 2009
· Thesis is due (final version)-NO EXTENSIONS
Week 14 – April 22, 2009
Week 15 – April 29, 2009
· Thesis Defense (Oral)
Week 16 – May 6, 2009
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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87Academic 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: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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87Instructor's General Instructions on Written Assignments: All written submissions must be error free, spell-checked, grammatically correct, and reflective of undergraduate-level academic work. All students are expected to be familiar with the university's policies on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism. Evidence of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, fabrication, or cheating, will result in course failure.
All work submitted must be the student's own. Any assistance received by a student in preparing papers or reports must be fully acknowledged and disclosed in the work submitted. Students must cite and reference any sources from which data, ideas or words are used, either quoted directly or paraphrased.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90Instructor's Attendance Policy: The instructor expects students to attend all classes. All absences will be recorded as UNEXCUSED unless the student notifies the instructor (e-mail, telephone, personal communication) in advance of class and requests an EXCUSED absence. Students arriving more than 10 minutes after class starts or departing before class ends may have an UNEXCUSED absence recorded.
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 .For special accommodations of any kind, please notify the instructor during the first week of class so that I may assist you.
Attachments:Attachment A - Current Issues and Readings
Last Updated:1/10/2009 2:37:52 PM