CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.


SP 2010 HO


Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration



Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

Monday 11:30-1:00; Tuesday 10:00-11:00 and 1:00-2:00; Wednesday 9:30-12:00; Thursday 9:00-11:00; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302



Semester Dates

January 11, 2010-May 8, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

2:25 - 4:55 PM


EN105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing

Credit Hours



Hickey, Thomas J. (2010). Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology. New York:McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 978-0-07-813943-7

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Additional resources will be provided by the instructor as needed

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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.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

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:

Assessment of learning will be through tests, quizzes, exercises, papers, and presentations.   


Mid-term Exam                                100 points                            

Final Exam                                       100     “                                              

Thesis                                                250     “                                  

Class participation                           100     “                                  

Thesis presentation                            50                                         

Periodic assignments/quizzes         100                                        

                        TOTAL                         700    

In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=less than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments should be turned in on or before the due on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence. The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail, or pager) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused.  Twenty-five points will be deducted for proposals submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date. Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor. The final copy of the thesis will not be accepted after the scheduled due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity. There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class. Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

January 12               Introduction to course and discussion of what will                                           occur this semester. Assess progress toward thesis                                        and discuss requirements for thesis and the                                                     defense of the thesis

January 19               Review thesis topic, hypothesis, and dependent and                                     independent variable.


                                    Readings: Definitions and Explanations of Crime

                                                            Read issues 1, 2, and 3 (pp.1-66)


January 26               Readings: Justice Issues and Contemporary Public                                                     Policy

                                                            Read issue 6 ( pp. 98-126)                                                           

                                    Review thesis “Introduction” section elements

February 2                Discuss “Review of the Literature” and                                                                           “Bibliography” sections of thesis

                                    Readings: Prison Programs and Alternatives

                                                Read issues 12 (pp. 223-235) and 13                                                                (pp.235-255)


February 9                Selection of partners to assist with thesis                                                                       preparation

                                    Readings: Read issues 7 (pp. 126-144) and 9                                                                         (pp.168-189)



February 16             Readings: Criminal Justice Research, Evaluation,                                            and Policy Analysis

                                    Read issue 14 (pp. 256-278)


February 23             Meet with partners to review thesis progress

                                    Review of readings already completed


March 2                     Examination on Current Issues


March 9                     Spring Break-no class


March 16                   Meet with partners to review thesis progress

                                    Readings: Criminal Justice Research, Evaluation,                                            and Policy Analysis

                                    Read issues 15 and 16 (pp.278-328)



March 23                   Thesis work day


March 30                   Rough Draft of Thesis Due


April 6                        Review of Thesis comments

                                    Readings: Future Trends in Criminology and                                                     Criminal Justice

                                    Read issue 17 (pp. 330-344)


April 13                      FINAL THESIS DUE (No late submissions                                                      accepted)


April 20                      Readings: Future Trends in Criminology and                                                     Criminal Justice

                                    Read issues 18 (pp. 344-366) and 19 (pp.366-                                                378)


April 27                      Thesis Defense (oral) 

 (Final Examination: 5/4/2010  1:00-3:00 p.m.)

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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