CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.


S2E 2012 PE


Boggs, Bill


Adjunct Professor


BA University of Tennessee
MPH University of Tennessee

Office Location

On Base, Bldg 1331 JEC

Office Hours

Before or after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

March 19 to May 12,  2012

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 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


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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:
CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice: 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:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:

Course Grading:

A- 90-95
B+ 87-86
B 85-81
B- 80-83
C+ 77-79
C 74-76
C- 70-73
D+ 67-69
D 64-66
D- 60-63

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any work turned in late may be down grade one letter grade if unexcused. Advise me well in advance if at all possible you expect or anticipate problems. I will work with you. Pay close attention to your term paper.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Treat diverse opinions in the discussions with respect. Professional conduct between all parties is expected at all times. If you must miss a class or be excessively late please advise me with as much advance notice as possible.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Please note the Due Dates for all work.

You will be graded on the weekly submission of thesis tasks and discussions of current issues from assigned readings in class. So come to class well prepared.  


Your thesis 42%
Defense of thesis 5%
Participation in discussion area (current issues) 16.0%
Participation in discussion area (Thesis-related) 8.0%
Written Assignment questions (Thesis-Related) 9.0%
Final exam on current issues 20%
Your thesis topic/hypothesis must be approved by the instructor no later than the end of othe first week of class. All written work must be type written and in APA style. Your thesis is to be twelve to fourteen pages in length excluding references. It is to be soft bound with a cover sheet.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of Late Work:  All work is due the last day of class. If you cannot complete all assignments by that time, please  notify the instructor as early as possible. All late work may suffer a grade penality.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Course-Specific Policies:
Discussion will cover a wide range of criminal justice topics. You are free to express your opinions as the topics come up. However, you should respect diverse opinions and treat your fellow classmates with dignity and respect as express their views.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

  Class room discussion and reading schedule from text.
March 20 Week one
Read all of Unit one in text.

Discussion topic: Definitions and Explantions of Crime
Thesis task:      Determine topic - develop a working bibliography  - develop a hypothesis

March 27 Week two
Read Unit 4
 Discussion topic: Justice Issues and Contemporary Public Policy
Thesis task:      Write the methodology section of your thesis

April 3 Week three
Unit Two Issues 7 and 8
Discussion topic: Sex Offender Issues and the Juvenile Court
Thesis task:      Write a review of literature

April 10 Week four
Read Unit 2 Issue 9
Discussion topic: Internet Pornography 
Thesis task:      Do more research

April 17 Week five
Read Unit 3
 Discussion topic: Prison Issues (Supermax, Quarantine of Serial Killers and violent Sexual Offenders, Private vs. Public Prisons)

Thesis topic:     Put paper into appropriate format

April 24 Week six
Read Continue Unit 3
Discussion topic: Criminal Justice Research, Evaluation, and Policy Analysis
Thesis task:      Write rough draft and send to professor and partner

May 1 Week seven
Read Unit 5
Discussion topic: Future Trends in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Thesis task:      Prepare final thesis, proofread, and submit to professor

May 8 Week eight
Read Unit 5
Discussion topic: Future Trends in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Thesis task:      Defend thesis to the professor and complete final
Turn in all written work.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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

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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