CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.


SP 2008 HO


Getty, Carol P.


Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


PhD, University of Missouri - Kansas City
MS, Arizona State University
BA, Wellesley College

Office Location

Mackay 20B

Office Hours

Monday:10-12 ;Tuesday and Thursday: 11:30 to 12:30; Wednesday 9-11

Daytime Phone




Web Page


Semester Dates

January 14 - May 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

1:50 - 4:40 PM


EN 105, EN 106, passing the Writing Competency Test (WTC), and be of senior standing

Credit Hours


No textbook is required for this course.  Students will be responsible for obtaining the articles to be studied in the course.  Books about writing a thesis will be on reserve in the Parkville Library and/or from the professor

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Course Description:
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:

CJ 450 is the capstone course in criminal justice and counts as English 306.  My educational philosophy requires that students graduating from Park University with a criminal justice major be knowledgeable about all components of the criminal justice system regardless of their major emphasis. Furthermore, they should be conversant with current issues in the field and demonstrate that they can participate in a seminar class.  They will write a thesis which is acceptable to the Criminal Justice Department of Park University and defend it.


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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 5.    Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in criminal justice by discussisng and writing summaries of articles selected by the professor
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Class Participation..  Specific assignment of articles will be done during the first class period.  All articles should be read prior to the assigned days . You will be graded on your participation in discussion of these articles and on your discussion of thesis topics. If you are not present or if you haven't read the material, your class participation grade will be lowered.


Tests.  There will be two tests covering the text and class discussions.  An hour and 1/2 or a half of a class period will be devoted to taking these tests. Test will be primarily essay type; they will include some choice. There is no final in this course.


Writing projects.  A thesis of more than 25 double spaced pages is required to pass this course. Format and content must be appropriate for a thesis.   Each student will work with a partner; specifically, the student will edit the partner’s thesis and will lead the discussion following their partner’s presentation. Several dates are given when parts or drafts of the thesis are due.  Failure to meet these deadlines will result in the a reduced grade.
Additionally you will be assigned one article to present to the class and one article where you will serve as a secondary.  You must submit a one page summary on the days of the class discussion when you are the primary or the secondary.  This activity is part of your grade.


Presentation.  Students will defend their thesis in a prepared 10 - 15 minute presentation in front of the class and guests.  Appropriate dress and interesting presentations are required for an excellent grade.


  Unless otherwise announced, grades will be based on the following:

  • Two tTests                                                                                                                     20%                 200points
  • Thesis including timely submission of thesis drafts                                               30%                 300
  • Defense of thesis                                                                                                           10%                 100
  • Class participation, including working with partner and  participating in class discussion about subjects in the text                                                                                                                                    20%                 200
  • Oral presentations of articles as primary and secondary                                        10%                 100
  • Written summaries of articles as primary and secondary                                        10%                100

                                                                                                TOTAL                    100%               1000 points



In computing grades, the following scale will ordinarily be used, although I reserve the right to make adjustments: A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = less than 60%

Any assignments are due at the beginning of class.  Students will receive a lesser grade for any assignments that are late.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence.  Legitimate absences include student illness, death in the immediate family, approved activities where students represent the college.  As the instructor, I reserve the right to make the final decision on what absences are legitimate and when make-ups will be allowed or given. Generally tests will not be given after they have been taken by the class; they will NEVER be given once the graded tests have been returned to the class. Also, a late thesis will NOT be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:




Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





Jan 16

Introduction to course,  discussion of thesis topics, and selection of partners/groups






Thesis statement and explanation - Articles 1 and 2






Tentative annotated bibliography for thesis is due- Articles 3 and 4





Feb 06

Outline for thesis is due- Articles 5 and 6






Introduction chapter is due- Articles 7 and 8






Test 1





Mar 05

Methodology or review of literature chapter is due - Articles 9 and 10






Spring recess









Methodology or review of literature chapter is due - Articles 11 and 12






First draft of thesis is due- Articles 13 and 14





Apr 02

Test 2






Second draft or final draft of thesis is due- Articles 15 and 16






Final draft of thesis is due






Test 2






Defense of thesis






No final

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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