CJ450 SrSem in Criminal Justice

for S2Q 2005

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COURSE TITLE: Senior Writing Project in Criminal Justice
INSTRUCTOR: William J. Long Jr.
PHONE NUMBERS: 633-4713 work
632-8279 home
631-8666 cell
E-mail: blong@laramiecounty.com
TERM DATES: 24 Mar 05 – 19 May 05
MEETING TIMES: Independent Study(TBA)


Course Description: An individualized instruction for the student to thoroughly examine a current trend or issue in criminal justice, culminating in the preparation and submission and defense of a senior thesis. Successful completion and defense of this thesis is mandatory.

Goals of the Course: The student will perform four specific tasks: (1) conduct a thorough, critical examination of a self selected topic within the criminal justice discipline, (2) thoroughly research and develop this topic, (3) use appropriate scientific methodology in the written discussion of the thesis, and (4) present a professional and comprehensive oral presentation on the topic and be prepared to field questions and defend the material presented.

Learning Objectives: The student will be able to: (1) understand relevant factors affecting all sides of an issue, (2) select a pertinent and appropriate subject in the field of criminal justice, (3) identify and obtain source material that will fully develop the subject, (4) utilize library facilities and other resources to obtain useful information, and (5) submit a senior level thesis demonstrating the student’s thorough analysis of the chosen subject matter.

Course Arrangements: The course will be conducted with student research and writing the primary focus with facilitation by the instructor.

Course Requirements: Successful completion of this course will require the students meeting the learning objectives and accomplishing the stated goals. Students are expected to understand the mechanics of writing a scientific paper prior to enrollment in this class. Research methods will not be taught, but must be used by the students when writing the thesis.

Course text: There is no text for this course.

Supplemental Resources: There are two publications available for this course. Either writing style may be utilized. However, students must be consistent. You may use a format associated with your word processing software, however you must coordinate this with the instructor. It is preferred that you use the APA format. This can be found at the LCCC library or you can also find it online. You will notify the instructor of the format you will use in the prospectus, which is submitted on week 3.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

MLA Handbook for Writers and Research Papers.

Class Meetings: This is an independent study course that requires students be task oriented and self-disciplined. The class will meet the first, third, sixth and ninth weeks. If the student requires additional assistance, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor during the weeks there is no class. Because the class does not meet each week, it is expected the student will take the time during the weeks the class does not meet to work on the thesis. Students will not be able to successfully complete this course if time is not taken away from scheduled class times to work on this project.

WEEK 1--Introduction, syllabus, instructor expectations
WEEK 3--Prospectus and annotated bibliography due (to include the first page of each article referenced in the bibliography and see notes included in other sections on the prospectus) Be careful not to make your topic too broad. We are not writing a book. Choose a topic you are interested in and might due further research on the subject as a future project or even a Master’s level project.
WEEK 6--Rough draft is due this week to me either at the Park University office or at the Sheriff’s Department.
WEEK 9--you to need to meet with me to discuss changes, modifications, corrective action, or other needs to create the final product.
Written Thesis due, Oral Presentations without the written document

Class Policies: Due to the structure of this course, and the necessity for an oral presentation, no late work will be accepted UNLESS there is a verifiable military leave or emergency.

There is no extra credit for this course.

Grading Policy: The course will be grades as follows:

Prospectus and bibliography 15%
Rough Draft 20%
Oral Presentation 25%
Written thesis 40%

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
59 & below or 2 consecutive unexcused absences = F

Academic Honesty: The academic honesty policy set for in the Park University Student Handbook will be strictly enforced.

“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 (ibid.).” Do not use papers from other student or purchase papers over the Internet or through other sources.


Racial Profiling
Privatization of Correctional Services
New Technology in Policing
Evaluation of a Treatment Program Utilized in Corrections
Consolidation of Police Agencies
Evaluation of Juvenile Justice in Wyoming
Cultural Diversity and Criminal Justice
Police Ethics
Police Deviance
Privatization of Police Services
Alternatives to Incarceration
Innovative Court Imposed Sanctions
New Theories of Criminal Behavior
Family Court
Death Penalty
Community Policing
Managing with limited resources
Manpower Issues
Terrorism(various topic exist within this topic)
Other topics as approved by the instructor!!!!

Literacy’s in the Curriculum:

Critical literacy means:

1. Understanding and mastery of the basic skills in communication, computing, and information management.
2. Recognition of the diversity in the processes and methods of critical thinking and problem solving, and recognition of standards of excellence.

Civic literacy means:

1. Understanding of the working of American, social, political and economic systems.
2. Recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships.

Science literacy means:

1. Understanding of the nature and role of scientific evidence in the pursuit of knowledge.
2. Recognition of the importance of the scientific method in argument and modeling process.

Values literacy means:

1. Understanding the importance of value concerns in human life, and the ability to distinguish them from factual matters.
2. Recognition of the major ways proposed for resolving value questions, and the ability to evaluate them and use them where appropriate.

Aesthetic literacy means:

1. Understanding of the great themes and metaphors of human experience in various forms of aesthetic expressions, and ability to use them to enhance the understanding of life.
2. Recognition of diversities in the visual, verbal and performing arts and the origins and reconciliations of such diversities.


1. PROSPECTUS-- Must be at least (3) three pages in length EXCLUDING the bibliography. This is due the third week and must contain the following:

Topic, purpose, hypothesis (ses), methodology, and research limitations.

Annotated bibliography—Each reference must be appropriately cited. Under each entry, there must be a short paragraph that summarizes the source and the relevance to the topic. Include the first page of each reference with your bibliography. You may attach a print out from the library sources and/or a computer print out of websites researched for this paper.

2. THESIS-- The paper must not contain a series of quotations or thoughts about your topic. Research is only one part of the process. Positions must be established and defended with conclusions drawn from the information. The references are to be used to support the writers’ hypothesis and conclusions.

You will select a topic that reflects a current trend or topic in the criminal justice field. You are give wide latitude in the specific topic, but it must be relevant to the structure and operations of criminal justice organizations which encompass law enforcement, the court system, probation and parole, and corrections. Adult or juvenile criminal justice issues may be selected.

The thesis will be a minimum of 10-20 complete pages and will be in strict accordance with the citation criteria selected by the student from the options given. Each student should have a minimum of ten (10) citations for the final project. Each citation error will have a negative value of 0.5 on the FINAL draft only. All papers will be graded on content and writing skills (grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and organization). Papers are to be stapled in the upper left corner of the thesis. Please include a cover sheet, but DO NOT place the document in any type of cover.

The thesis is due the ninth week with oral defense that same night.

3. ORAL PRESENTATION-- Be prepared to present a professional paper. DO NOT read the paper! You are now the expert in this subject; present your subject in that context! The thesis defense will set forth your findings in researching your topic so that the class may share in the knowledge and information obtained. Visual aids, such as PowerPoint and handouts are acceptable but such ancillary aids will not take the place of the actual presentation. You will be graded on appearance, presence, and presentation. Each student will be given 20 minutes for the presentation to include questions and answers. Strict adherence to time will be maintained.
The presentations will be open to Park University students, faculty and staff, with invitations issued to faculty and staff.