CJ450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Just.

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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice


U1Z 2012 MLH


Grove, Cloyd


Adjunct Instructor


Masters of Human Services
Bachelor of Science, Major = Sociology, Minor Psychology

Office Location

None, contact by phone or email

Office Hours

Please call cell during business hours or early evening

Daytime Phone

(406) 788-6078

Other Phone

(406) 788-1246




Semester Dates

06/04/2012 to 07/29/2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 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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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:

Instructor Grove's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive. Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet are significant components of this learning process.

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. 

Proctored final examination- 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.

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.   

Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.


Thesis 45%
Defense of thesis 5%
Participation in discussion 15% 
Written responses to Assignment questions 10%
Final exam on current issues 25%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Generally, the instructor will not accept late assignments; however, if there is acceptable reason students may request an extension. If an extension is granted the late work will not receive full credit, ten percent will be deducted from the raw score. If students know they are going to miss classes, it is their responsibility to submit assignments prior to the due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Instructor is not responsible for contacting absent students or providing items from missed classes.
2. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Your in-class participation is evident in your grades through the oral presentations, chapter discussions, etc. Also, assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
3. No makeup exams will be given unless the student Students must make arrangements to take tests prior to the due date if they are not going to be present.
4. 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 drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
5. No late assignments are accepted for any reason.
6. Attendance is taken at the beginning and end of class. You must be present at both to receive the participation points in full for the evening along with active participation in class discussions.
7. No extra credit is given.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

June 5, and 7, 2012
Week one 
   Discussion topic: Definitions and Explantions of Crime 
   Thesis task:      Determine topic - develop a working bibliography  - develop a hypothesis

June 12 and 14, 2012
Week two 
   Discussion topic: Justice Issues and Contemporary Public Policy
   Thesis task:      Write the methodology section of your thesis

June 19 and 21, 2012
Week three 
   Discussion topic: Sex Offender Issues and the Juvenile Court
   Thesis task:      Write a review of literature

June 26 and 28, 2012
Week four 
   Discussion topic: Internet Pornography 
   Thesis task:      Do more research

July 3 and 5, 2012
Week five
    Discussion topic: Prison Issues (Supermax, Quarantine of Serial Killers and violent Sexual Offenders, Private vs. Public Prisons) 
   Thesis topic:     Put paper into appropriate format

July 10 and 12, 2012
Week six 
   Discussion topic: Criminal Justice Research, Evaluation, and Policy Analysis 
   Thesis task:      Write rough draft and send to professor and partner

July 17 and 19, 2012
Weeek 7
   Discussion: Future Trends in Criminology and Criminal Justice 
   Thesis task:      Prepare final thesis, proofread, and submit to professor

July 24 and 26
Week eight 
   Discussion topic: Future Trends in Criminology and Criminal Justice 
   Thesis task:      Defend thesis to the professor and complete final
July 29 = End of Semester
July 31 = Grades entered.

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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