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CJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Fruchtman, David A.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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CourseCJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
SemesterF2D2004
FacultyFruchtman, David A.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
E-Maildavid.fruchtman@park.edu
dfruchtman@chap-col.edu
Semester DatesOctober 18 - December 12, 2004
Class Days------S
Class Time8:00 - 1:30 PM
PerquisitesEN 105, EN 106, passing the WCT and senior standing
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Muraskin, Roslyn and Roberts, ALbert R., Visions For Change: Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J. 07458

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Course Description:
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 EN306 requirement for Criminal Justice majors. Pre-requisites: EN105, EN106, passing the WCT and senior standing. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
A) Demonstrate a knowledge of current issues and trends in Criminal Justice.
B) Conduct academic research using scholarly journals.
C) Prepare and submit a thesis paper which demonstrates critical thinking.
D) Defend or refute the student's original hypothesis in the thesis paper.
E) Be able to find the current answers to research questions by examining the literature of their field.  

Course Assessment:
Attendance, Mid-Term Quiz, Final Quiz, Paper Presentation, Final Thesis Paper

Grading:
Attendance: 10%
Mid-Term Quiz: 15%
Final Quiz: 15%
Paper Presentation: 20%
Final Thesis Paper: 40%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted, unless otherwise coordinated with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be prompt and prepared to participate in class discussions.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:  Introduction, Class Discussion: Chapter 2 - The War on Drugs: Treatment, Research and Substance Abuse Intervention in the Twenty-First Century, Chapter 3 - The Situation of Crime Victims in the Early Decades of the Twenty-First Century.

Week 2:  Basic Research Evaluation and Institution On How To Conduct Research, Field Trip to University of Arizona Law Library.

Week 3:  Class Discussion: Chapter 4 - Gangs: Status, Characteristics, Community and Police Responses, and Policy Implications.  Chapter 5 - Looking For a New Approach to an Old Problem: The Future of Obscenity and Pornography.

Week 4:  Mid-Term Quiz, Class Discussion: Chapter 7 - Police Response to Domestic Violence Complaints: Bridging Yesterday to Now.

Week 5:  Class Discussion: Chapter 8 - The Influence of Community in Community Policing in the Twenty-First Century.  Chapter 9 - Legal Issues in Policing.

Week 6:  Class Discussion: Chapter 10 - The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Death Penalty in the Twenty-First Century.  Chapter 12 - The Bill of Rights in the Twenty-First Century.

Week 7:  Class Discussion:  Chapter 14 - Reaffirming Juvenile Justice.  Chapter 22 - Sentencing into the Twenty-First Century: Sentence Enhancement and Life without Parole.

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
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.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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