CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

for S2B 2010

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


S2B 2010 BL


Kurita, M. Sue




BA University of Texas at El Paso
MA Webster University
JD Texas Tech University School of Law

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

915 543-3868




Semester Dates

March 22 to May 14, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 PM -10:10 PM


EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT

Credit Hours



Hickey, T. J. (2008). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Crime & Criminology, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2008. ISBN-10: 0073397210/ISBN-13: 978-0073397214

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Additional Resources:

Reference and materials necessary to complete the thesis such as books, periodicals, interviews and studies.
Additionally see following websites for help in writing the paper:
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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. (From catalog 2007-2008)

Educational Philosophy:
Judge Kurita’s educational philosophy is one of open interactiveness based on lectures, dialogues, and student thesis topics. Judge Kurita will engage each student in what is referred to as socratic classroom dialog learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions of each students thesis topic.

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. Evaluate and analyze pertinent and legal issues in the current criminal justice system
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the U.S. Criminal Justice System in all facets of American life.
  3. Express factually based opinions about controversial criminal justice issues.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Complete a 15-18 page thesis paper.  Present the thesis topic to class in a succinct oral presentation.  Every student must be present to discuss and critique fellow classmates oral presentation of the thesis topic.
Parers are to be submitted electronically to instructor's email address; hard copy to be submitted on due date.
All papers must include the following statment:
"This paper is my own work product and has not been used to meet any course requirement for another class."


Thesis 50% --
Defense of thesis 15%
Participation in discussion area (current issues) 20%
Final exam on current issues 15%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be docked a letter grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Exhibit courtesy to all in the class. This is especially important to insure that all opinions are respected as well as fostering an environment for open factually based discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 MARCH 26  Discuss paper topics. Week one: Discussion topic: Prospects on debating crime --Thesis task: Determine topic - develop a working bibliography (Review Chapters 1-30
Week 2 APRIL 2  Discussion topic: Debating Crime and guns and debating the limits of police power --Thesis task: Write the methodology section of your thesis  (Review Chapters 4-6)

Week 3 APRIL 9 Discussion topic: Debating the role of crime victims and debating the fairness of courts Thesis task: Write a review of literature
Week 4 APRIL 16  Discussion topic: Debating sentencing and debating "Equal justice under law" Race and Gender Thesis task: Do more research

Week 5 APRIL 23 Discussion topic: Debating prisons Thesis topic: Put paper into appropriate format esearch and drafting of project
Week 6 APRIL 30 Discussion topic: Debating juvenile delinquency Thesis task: Write rough draft and present to professor

Week 7 MAY 7 PAPER DUE- Discussion topic: Waging Holy war: public morals and private vices Thesis task: Prepare final draft, proofread, and submit to professor
Week 8 MAY. 14 Class Presentations Discussion topic: Debating the criminal justice system Thesis task: Defend thesis to the professor and complete 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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
Papers must copntain following:
"This paper is my own work product and has not been used to satisfy a class requirement for any other academic class."

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

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