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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Infinito, Vincent


COURSE NUMBER: CJ450
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE
COURSE TITLE: SENIOR SEMINAR
PROFESSOR: VINCENT J. INFINITO, ESQ.
OFFICE HOURS: MON & WED 1600 – 1645
TERM & DATES: SPRING II, 2005; 21 MARCH – 15 MAY, 2005
MEETING: MON/WED 1645 – 1915
PHONE: 252-638-4980
PARK EMAIL: Vincent.Infinito@park.edu
CREDIT HOURS: 3 CREDIT HOURS
PREREQUISITE: NONE
SITE: MCAS CHERRY POINT

VISION STATEMENT: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

SYLLABUS FOR SENIOR SEMINAR

I COURSE DESCRIPTION: An intensive critical review of the Criminal Justice System. A study of the most pressing issues in the system with analysis of essays written by leading authorities in the field.

II LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The course will require the students to understand some of the issues which are current in Criminal Justice System thought and argument and to develop their own ideas on which to base and develop their Senior Thesis. The course will require the students to understand some of the issues which are current in Criminal Justice System thought and argument and to develop their own ideas on which to base and develop their Senior Thesis.

III TEXTBOOK: TAKING SIDES, Crime and Criminology, Sixth Edition, Richard C. Monk, The Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc., 2001.

IV SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS LIST: 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).


V. ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park

VI. PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

VII. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absences for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.


VIII. 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.


IX. COURSE ASSESSMENT: The final course grade for the student will be determined by class participation, discussion, research and assigned projects or term papers.


XI. CLASSROOM RULES: 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.

XII. GRADING POLICY: The final course grade will be determined using the following measurement:

Students will be prepared to discuss all scheduled assignments in class.
The grade scale is as follows:
A -93% or above
B -85% to 92.99%
C -77% to 84.99%
D -70% to 76.99%
F -below 70%

Important Dates:
Beginning of Term March 21, 2005
Last Day of Add/Drop March 28, 2005
Last Day of Withdrawal April 22, 2005
End of Term May 15, 2005