CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.


S2M 2009 CH


Infinito, Vincent


Senior Professor Criminal Justice Administration, Adjunct Faculty


B.A., St. Francis College, Loretto, Pennsylvania
J.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Office Location

Training Building, MCAS, Cherry Point, Havelock, NC

Office Hours

Mon/Wed 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Daytime Phone


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Semester Dates

March 16 - May 10, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours


Taking Sides, Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology,  Eighth Edition, Thomas Hickey,  The Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc., 2008.

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Additional Resources:
 Understanding Criminal Law; Joshua Dressler, Matthew Bender, (1987); Criminal Law and its Processes; Kadish and Schulhofer, Little Brown (5th ed. 1989); Criminal Law; Low, Jeffries and Bonnie, Foundation Press (2nd ed. 1986); Model Penal Code and Commentaries; American Law Institute (1985).

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Course Description:
CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice: 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.

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:
The final course grade for the student will be determined  by  class participation,  discussion, research and assigned projects and thesis papers.


Class Participation  10 %       
 Research projects  20 %         
Assigned Projects   20 % 
Thesis Paper           50 %

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero.” All tests must be taken on the dates the class is given the test. Extreme situations may be handled by the instructor on a case-by-case basis. A determination of an “extreme situation” is solely the instructor’s.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones, beepers and other communication devices are not to be used, or on, during class. Disruptive behavior (as determined by the instructor) is unfair to the other students and will not be tolerated. Loud talking, snoring, sleeping, coming late to class or leaving early, except in emergencies, will not be tolerated. Multiple disruptions over a term will lead to the withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor. The instructor may announce other rules from time to time. Disabilities: Students with disabilities should contact the instructor as soon as possible, preferably before the term begins.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

March16     Issues 1,2  Assignments and debate
March 18    Issues 3, 4 Assignments and debate
March 23    Issues 5, 6, Assignments and debate (Thesis subjects-final approvals)
March 25    Issues 7 & 8 Assignments and debate
March 30    Issues 9, 10 Assignments and debate  ( Discuss research re:Thesis) Notes
April  1        Issues 11, 12  Assignments and debate
April 6         Issues 13 Assignments and debate (Review notes, outlines, general questions)
April  8        Issue 14 Assignments and debate (General review
April 13       General review re: papers
April 15      General review re: papers
April 20      Issue 15 Assignment and debate
April 22      Issue 16 Assignment and debate (General review -rough drafts)
April 27      Issue 17 Assignment and debate General review - rough drafts)
April 29      Issue 18 Assignment and debate    Presentation - Thesis
May 4        Issue 19 Assignment and review    Presentation - Thesis
May 6       Presentation - 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 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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