CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


S2F 2012 QU


Peters, Anthony J.  CPP, Network+, MCP, MCSE, CISSP, CISM, ITIL


Senior Instructor


Masters, Criminal Justice, George Washington Univ., Wash, DC
BS, Criminal Justice, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
AS, Law Enforcement, Pensacola State College, Pensacola, FL

Office Location

Quantico, VA

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

Cell:  202-409-8386

Other Phone




Semester Dates

March 19  - May 13, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:40 PM


EN105, 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

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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: 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.

-  FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin , Published Monthly.-
-  Police Chief Magazine, Published Monthly.
http://www.policechiefmagazine.org, Website sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police

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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, exams, 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:

You will be graded on the weekly submission of thesis tasks and discussions of current issues from assigned readings.

The final exam will be on the topics discussed weekly. For the final, I will pick three topics and ask you to write about two of them.

The final exam will be administered during the last class (Week 8).

Failure to take the final exam (or submit your final thesis will result in an automatic "F" grade.


Your thesis 42%
Defense of thesis 5%
Participation in discussion area (current issues) 16.0%
Participation in discussion area (Thesis-related) 8.0%
Written responses to Assignment questions (Thesis-Related) 9.0%
Final exam on current issues 20% 

Grading scale:
     A . . . . . . . . . 93% or over
     B . . . . . . . . . 83% to 92.99%
     C . . . . . . . . . 73% to 82.99%
     D . . . . . . . . . 63% to 72.99%
     F . . . . . . . . . 62% and below or more than 15 course hours missed.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work:  Each week runs from Monday morning through Sunday night, 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time. I record 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 thesis 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:
1. Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.  Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.

2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences.  You are either present or absent.  To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed.  The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.

3. Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.  This is a senior capstone course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and individual reporting to the class.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.  Plan to be called on individually in class to discuss the reading material assigned.

4. Final Examination.  There will be a final examination in this course.

5. Thesis.  Each student will complete and defend an undergraduate thesis.  The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed the first class meeting.

6. Group Work.  There will several group projects in this course.  The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed the first class meeting.

7. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

week one
March 20
Discussion topic: Definitions and Explanations of Crime
Thesis task:      Determine topic - develop a working bibliography  - develop a hypothesis

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

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

Week four
Discussion topic: Internet Pornography 
Thesis task:      Do more research

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

Thesis topic:     Put paper into appropriate format

Week six

Discussion topic: Criminal Justice Research, Evaluation, and Policy Analysis
Thesis task:      Write rough draft and send to professor and partner

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

Week eight
Discussion topic: Future Trends in Criminology and Criminal Justice
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 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

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:
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