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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.
Girvin, Ralph


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Course

CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Semester

S2B 2011 BL

Faculty

Ralph E. Girvin

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. - English and American Literature
Juris Doctor - St. Mary's University School of Law

Office Location

Ft. Bliss, Texas

Office Hours

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. or as needed

Daytime Phone

tel: (915) 356-8114

Other Phone

fax: (915) 975-8051

E-Mail

Ralph.Girvin@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.parkonline.org

Semester Dates

Mar. 21, 2011- May 15, 2011

Class Days

M W

Class Time

7:40 p.m. - 10:10 p.m.

Prerequisites

EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

No Textbook is required for this course. 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Suggested Reading about Writing a Thesis include:

Salkind, Neil. Exploring Research. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2000

Rudestam, Kjell Erik and Newton, Rae R. Surviving Your Dissertation. Newberry Park: Sage Publications. 1992

Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G, and Williams, Joseph M. The Craft of Research.  

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1995 Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day.

New York: Henry Holt and Company. 1998 Fryxell, David. How to Write Fast. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books.  1992

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


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: EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based upon lectures, readings, and classroom discussions.

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. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the U.S. Criminal Justice System in all facets of the American life.
  2. Evaluate and analyze pertinent and legal issues in the Criminal Justice system
  3. Express factually based opinions about controversial criminal justice issues.
  4. Discuss and defend applicable criminal justice issues relevant to the student's research
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Complete a 15-18 page thesis paper project.  Present the thesis project to class in a succinct oral presentation.  Every student must be present to discuss and critique fellow classmate's oral presentation of the thesis project.
 

To complete this thesis project, you should: 

  1. Select a current criminal justice issue and have it approved by your instructor.
  2. Research the provision(s) of the United States Constitution and any federal or state statutes that impact this issue. 
  3. Research decisions of the United States Supreme Court and any federal or state statue that impact this issue.
  4. Based on your research, determine what should be the solution of this criminal justice issue.
  5. Consider social policy implications of your solution.
  6. Write a paper explaining the issue, your proposed outcome, the social policy implications of your solution, and the research that supports your outcome. 

Your paper must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. Introduction
  3. Clear statement of the criminal justice issue
  4. Discussion of your research
  5. Clear statement of your proposed solution, with supporting argument
  6. Discussion of social policy implications of your solution
  7. Reference page, using APA style 

The text of this paper should be at least 3,750 words or fifteen computer-generated/typewritten double-spaced pages long. You must demonstrate that you understand the terminology and the concepts used in constitutional law, and how constitutional provisions, statutes, and case decisions are interrelated.   You must demonstrate that you can synthesize, analyze, and evaluate information. You must use correct APA format in source citations in both the body of the paper and in the reference page. 

You will present your paper in class during the last week of class. Parers are to be submitted electronically to instructor's eCompanion DropBox; hard copy to be submitted on due date.

 
All papers must include the following statement:
"This paper is my own work product and has not been used to meet any course requirement for another class."

Grading:

 GRADES:

5% Submission and approval of topic ............................................(5 points)
 
5%  Quiz....................................................................................... (5 points)
 
10% Submission of outline............................................................. (10 points)
 
70% paper; ...................................................................................(70 points)

10% Thesis Defense............ ..........................................................(10 points)
 
 
Total.............................................................................................100 points
 

Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100% 

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = < 60%

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of late work is not accepted. All late work is subjected to a reduction in points and must be approved by the instructor prior to submission. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to be prepared, punctual and courteous.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One

March
21 / 23

Introduction, APA Expectations and Examples, paper development, data collection instruments and analysis. Syllabus review and Plagiarism Quiz due in week one.

Week Two

March
28 / 30

Define your topic and demonstrate how you will prove it. Research Techniques and ideas of approach.

Week Three

April
4 / 6

Create an outline of your thesis. Discussion on your map to success, data collection and fact gathering. Outline Due April 6, 2011.

Week Four

April
11/ 13

Create annotated bibliography, using computer graphics and charts to enhance your presentation.

Week Five    

April
18 /20

Submit your first draft, discussion on the difficult issues encountered while preparing your draft.                                                    

Week Six

April
25 / 27

Make revisions to your first draft, revision and tracking techniques, evaluation of alternative approaches.

Week Seven

May 2 / 4

Submit your final draft, one-on-one review of paper with instructor.

Week Eight

May 9 / 11

Defense and presentation of thesis in class.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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