CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.


F2T 2012 DL


Williams, Dianne A.


Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice


Ph.D. Criminal Justice

Office Location


Office Hours

Available by phone 9-5 Monday, Wednesday, Friday (EDT/EST) Leave Message if necessary

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

October 22nd, 2012 through December 16th, 2012

Class Days


Class Time



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

 (please verify the ISBN against the title before purchasing!)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Additional Resources:
APA Manual--6th Edition (highly encouraged!)

Creswell, J. W. (2008). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Thousand Oaks California: Sage Publications.

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.


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:


Educational Philosophy:


This course will have discussions and assignments each week, all with the goal of helping you complete the senior project, your senior thesis! There will be lectures available on how to construct each part of your thesis and our discussions will support these weekly assignments. Each week you will have a portion of your thesis due--please place this in the drop box provided. I will encourage discussion, and will interact solely to encourage your interaction with each other. You are encouraged to interact with your peers and ask their help in working through issues--some of your assignments will require this.

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. Look under the tabs for assignment and discussion in each weekly unit.

Proctored final examination - The final exam will be on the topics discussed weekly. For the final, there will be twelve topics and you will write about eight of them. The final is essay format.

A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  

Other Information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.



Your thesis 39%
Defense of thesis 4.4% 
Participation in discussion area (current issues) 13.9%
Participation in discussion area (Thesis-related) 8.8%
Written responses to Assignment questions in drop box (Thesis-Related) 7.9%
Final exam on current issues 26%

Late Submission of Course Materials:


Submission of Late Work:  Each week runs from Monday morning through Sunday night, 11:59 pm, Central Standard Time. Discussion grades for the previous week are typically concluded on Monday morning and those grades are not changed. Late submissions with a valid and validated excuse (prior to the deadline) 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:

Course-Specific Policies:

This course is offered online, over the Internet, using the eCollege platform. This course is different than many Online classes because it involves writing an extensive paper. You will be doing reading and writing primarily by yourself, but with close contact and guidance by your instructor.

You have some work with your classmates in the discussion area. 1) In one discussion area, you should be sharing your insights and progress on your thesis with them. 2) In the second area, you should be discussing the readings and answering questions about the current issue. EACH area requires a MINIMUM of your initial response and 3 to your classmates for full credit.

In order to satisfactorily complete this online class, you should plan to spend twelve hours a week. I would suggest eight hours be spent working on the thesis. This may include time in Discussion Area 1 or reading and writing on your own. Then you should spend some time reading and analyzing the current issues and answering the questions posed by the instructor in Discussion Area 2.

Class weeks begin on Monday and end on Sunday. You will be graded on the work you completed by the end of Sunday; that is, if you have an e-mail assignment, it is due before Sunday late and if submitted later, it will be counted late. You will be graded on your participation in the two discussion areas on Sunday. Because of the difficulty of the task required in this course, you must stay current; otherwise, you will never finish.

The instructor expects you to send thesis assignments and drafts via the Internet in MS Word, not Word Perfect. If you plan to send by FAX or postal service, you must inform the instructor well in advance of due dates.

You should use e-mail for private messages to your professor and other students and for submission of thesis drafts. The class discussion is for public messages. The discussion area is similar to a tradition classroom where anything you say may be heard/seen by everyone in the class.

Students should review the applicable online policies noted below. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am EST and Sunday at 11:59 PM EST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
Create a back-up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF (rich text file), or PDF file formats.

Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class. Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.

Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.  

If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the  button in your Online Classroom, then click on the help-desk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the help-desk for assistance.  
If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week one (10/22/12 – 10/28/12)
Discussion topic: Prospects on debating crime
Thesis task:  Determine topic - develop a working list of references (In APA format!)

Week two (10/29/12 – 11/04/12)
Discussion topic: Debating Crime and guns and debating the limits of police power
Thesis task:  Write the methodology section of your thesis

Week three (11/05/12 – 11/11/12)
Discussion topic: Debating the role of crime victims and debating the fairness of courts
Thesis task:  Write a review of literature (APA format)

Week four (11/12/12 – 11/18/12)
Discussion topic: Debating sentencing and debating "Equal justice under law" Race and  Gender
Thesis task:  Do more research

Week five (11/19/12 – 11/25/12)
Discussion topic: Debating prisons
Thesis topic:  Put paper into appropriate format

Week six  (11/26/12 – 12/02/12)
Discussion topic: Debating juvenile delinquency
Thesis task:  Write rough draft and send to professor and partner

Week seven (12/03/12 – 12/09/12)
Discussion topic: Waging Holy war: public morals and private vices
Thesis task:  Prepare final draft, proofread, and submit to professor prior to end of week

Week eight (12/10/12 – 12/16/12)
Discussion topic: Debating the criminal justice system
Thesis task:  Defend thesis to the professor
Additional Week 8 task: Take Final Proctored Exam

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 95-96
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 95

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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