CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


F1B 2012 BL


Kurita, M. Sue




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

Office Location

Assigned classroom

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

915 543-3868




Semester Dates

20 August to 14 October 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 PM -10:10 PM


EN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT

Credit Hours



 Hickey, T. J. (2011). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Crime & Criminology, 9th edition, McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2008. ISBN-10: 0-07-805025-1   /ISBN-13: 978-0-07-805025-1

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Reference and materials necessary to complete the thesis such as books, periodicals, interviews and studies.
 APA Manual-6th Edition
Additionally see following websites for help in writing the paper:
  College Level Research from Home
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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:
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. There will be lectures on how to construct your thesis and discussions on the material covered. Since peer review is important, class discussions are highly encouraged.

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:

Every student will be expected to be present for all classes. 
Every student must participate in the discussions and reading assignments on a weekly basis to satisfy the course requirements.
Each student must complete a thesis paper.  
Every student must present the thesis topic to the class in a succinct oral presentation.  
Papers in APA format are to be submitted electronically to instructor's Dropbox and email address; hard copy to be submitted on due date.
Every student will take a final exam on current issues presented during the term from text book readings.  
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."


50% paper;
10 % oral presentation of paper 
10%  participation and discussion of weekly class materials and questions posed from current issues from textbook
30% Final Exam 
A = 90%-100%
B = 80%-89%
C = 70%-79%
D = 60%-69%
F = 59% and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will be docked a letter grade.
Each week runs form Monday morining through Sunday night 11:59 p.m.

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.
Attend class.
Participate in discussions and answer questions presented to the class.
Submit assignments timely.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

AUGUST 24            
            DISCUSSION: Criminal Justice System 
            TEXT: Unit 1 Read Issues 1,2,and 3 (Pages 1-62). Answer questions presented.
            THESIS TASK: Determine topic; begin to develop a working bibliography

AUGUST 31             
            DISCUSSION: Justice Issues and Contemporary Public Policy
            TEXT: Unit 2 Read Issues 4- 6 (page 63-126). Answer questions presented.
            THESIS TASK: Write methodology of your thesis

             DISCUSSION:  Justice Issues and Contemporary Public Policy
            TEXT: Unit 2 Read Issues 7,8,& 9(Pages 127-188). Answer questions presented.
            THESIS TASK: Write in APA form a review of the literature
SEPT. 14
            DISCUSSION:  Prison Programs and Alternatives 
            TEXT: Unit 3 Read Issues 12-14(Pages 189-254). Answer questions presented.
            THESIS TASK: Research 

SEPT. 21
             DISCUSSION:  CJ Research, Evaluation & Policy Analysis
               TEXT: Unit 4 Read Issues 14, 15, 16 (Pages 255-328).Answer questions presented.
               THESIS TASK: Put paper in appropriate format

SEPT. 28
               DISCUSSION:  Future Trends in Criminology and CJ
               TEXT: Unit 5 Read Issues 17,18,19 & 20 (Pages 329-400). Answer questions presented.
               THESIS TASK: Prepare draft, proof read and submit to professor. Write in APA form!

OCT. 5
            DISCUSSION:  Future Trends in CJ 
            TEXT: Prepare for exam Units 1-5
            THESIS TASK: Submit final draft of paper in APA form. Present and defend Paper.
OCT. 12

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

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
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 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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