CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice.


F1Q 2011 FEW


Miller, Stephen J.


Adjunct Faculty Criminal Justice


MPA Public Administration from the University of Wyoming, BA History/Political Science from the Ohio State University, AS Business Administration/Accounting from Franklin University, Legal Assistant Certification from the Capital University Legal Ass

Office Location

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Office Hours

8am to 6pm

Daytime Phone

(307) 221-2294

Other Phone

(307) 638-4182




Web Page


Semester Dates

08\15\2011 to 10\03\2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM


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

Credit Hours




Title: Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology (Ninth Edition)
Author: Thomas J. Hickey
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Year: 2010
ISBN: 9780078139437



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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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Course Description:

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's educational philosophy is based on lectures, readings, group discussions or relevant topics, examinations, use of Internet resources and web sites, videos, and writings in the field of criminal justice.

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.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Classroom discussion regarding criminal justice topics and thesis.
Completion of senior thesis
Defense of senior thesis.
Final examination. 



Thesis 50%
Defense of thesis 10%
Participation in class discussions (current issues) 10 %
Participation in class discussion  (Thesis-related) 10% 
Final exam on current issues 20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of Late Work:  Each week runs from Monday morning through Sunday night, 11:59 pm, Mountain Standard Time. I enter grades for the previous week on Monday morning and these grades are not changed. Late submissions with a valid and validated excuse will be downgraded per day for each day that the assignment is late.  The term paper may not be turned in late without a submission of all work completed on the paper.  Based on this submission, the instructor will make a decision on whether or not to accept a late term paper.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend class.
Participate in class room discussion.
Submit assignments on time.
Regulary check the course document sharing for articles and readings.
Respect differing opinions of other students and instructor.
Place cell telephones on vibrate or silent mode.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One 08\15\2011
Discussion topic: Definitions and Explanations of Crime
Reading:            Text-Read Issues 1, 2 and 3 (pp.1-66)
Thesis task:        Determine topic, develop a working bibliography,develop a hypothesis,obtain a thesis review partner from class.
Week Two 08\22\2011
Discussion topic: Justice Issues and Contemporary Public Policy
Reading:            Text-Read Issue 6 (pp.98-126)
Thesis task:       Write the methodology section of your thesis

Week Three 08\29\2011
Discussion topic: Corrections and Prison Program Alternatives and Privatization Issues
Reading:            Read Issues 12 and 13 (pp.223-235 and pp. 235-255)
Thesis task:       Write a review of literature

Week Four 09\05\2011
Discussion topic: Future Demographic Challenges Facing the Criminal Justice System
Reading:            Text-Read Issue 7 ( pp.126-144)
Thesis task:        Do more research

Week Five 09\12\2011
Discussion topic: Internet Sex Crimes and Related Technology Issues in Criminal Justice
Reading:            Text-Read Issue 9 (pp.168-189)
Thesis topic:       Put paper into appropriate format

Week Six 09\19\2011
Discussion topic: Criminal Justice Research, Evaluation, and Policy Analysis
Reading:            Text-Read Issue 14 (pp. 256-278), Issues 15 and 16 (pp.278-328)
Thesis task:        Write rough draft and send to professor and partner for input 

Week Seven 09\26\2011
Discussion topic:  Future Trends in Criminal Justice and Political Aspects of Criminal Justice Decision Making and Leadership 
Reading:             Text-Read Issue 8 (pp.144-168)
Thesis task:         Prepare final thesis, proofread, and submit to professor

Week Eight 10\03\2011
Discussion topic: Future Trends in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Reading:            Text-Read Issue 18 (pp.344-366 and pp.378)
Thesis task:        Defend thesis to the professor and complete final examination 

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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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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Additional Information:

Seniors who developed a criminal justice research topic, hypothesis, problem statement and data collection and analysis plan in CJ430, are encouraged, but not required, to use the preliminary work developed in that course, as a basis for the preparation of the thesis required in this class.


Seniors must obtain a course partner and will assist each other through review the draft thesis and provide input to the partner regarding the thesis.  




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