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CJ 440 Internship in Criminal Justice
Peters, Anthony


PARK UNIVERSITY
SYLLABUS
Fall 2 2004 (F2F04)

CJ440, INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION:
HOA
Anthony J. “Pete” Peters
Senior Instructor
Military District of Washington, Fort Myer, VA
Office Hours: By appointment
703-550-4044
ajpeters@cox.net

COURSE INFORMATION:
Variable credit: 3 -6 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of Department Chair
Students must have contact several times during
the semester with the instructor at pre-arranged times

MISSION STATEMENTThe 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.VISION STATEMENTPark University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides practical application through service with a criminal justice agency. Opportunities are available in both the public and private sectors.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHIES: We want students to have a meaningful and memorable practical experience, which supplements classroom learning experiences. We expect students to keep a journal of their work activities and to analyze the experiences in the context of classroom learning. Hopefully, internships will lead students further into the areas explored or at least be a worthwhile experience in a complementary career path.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
The successful student will:
1. Observe an agency in the criminal justice system by working within it
2. Reflect and report on the activities performed
3. Understand experiences of other classmates doing internships by participating with classmates and professors
4. Prepare a journal of experiences and write a reaction paper about the job experience.
5. Comply with all requirements of the internship

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): No text is required. Quantico and Fort Myer libraries have criminal justice related books, professional journals and magazines. The instructor has experience in many aspects of criminal justice and can provide direction to students.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR INTERNSHIPS:

1. Meet with classmates and instructor at the beginning and end of the semester to discuss positive and negative aspects of the internship experience at a scheduled time, probably the first week of classes and the last week before finals.
2. Meet with your instructor during mid tem week to discuss your progress. It is the student's responsibility to schedule this appointment.
3. Keep in touch with the instructor weekly by e-mail or telephone in order to be counted present

COURSE ASSESSMENT:
Successful students will:
1. Finds a suitable agency to complete your required internship hours.
2. Complete the attached document A in which you and the supervisor in the selected agency agree to your duties by both signing.
3. Keep a journal of your internship. Include in the journal your thoughts about the activities you participated in. This journal should be attached to your final paper.
4. Maintain weekly contact with your professor weekly during the semester so that he/she can count you present. This contact may be telephonic, electronic, or in person.
5. Meet with classmates twice during the semester – at the beginning and then at the end of the
semester.
6. Meet with your instructor during mid term week at a mutually agreeable time you, the student, schedules
7. At the end of the internship, give the instructor a paper of 4 to 5 pages explaining how you applied the knowledge, skills, and principles presented in classroom setting, how you felt about your experiences. Attach your journal to the final paper.
8. Complete 135 hours of work for three hours of credit and 270 hours for six hours of credit.
9. Make certain the supervisor sends a confidential report to the professor about your performance in the internship

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Failure to report during scheduled times will be counted as absences and will result in the lowering of a grade. Late journals or final papers will result in an incomplete. All materials, including letters from the internship supervisor, must be into your professor by the last Wednesday of classes.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:Be present and participate with the few required meetings with classmates and professors.

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
As previously stated, students have three required meetings with their classmates and/or professor. They must complete required number of hours in the internship successfully.

They must submit a 4 to 5 page computer-generated paper with a journal attached. The journal should list the date and hours worked and contain a brief description of the activities performed and a reflection of these activities.

The student paper should contain:
1) a description of the agency and its placement in the criminal justice system.
2) observations and experiences learned by participation in CJ440,
3) a discussion of the positive and negative experiences of the internship, and
4) conclusions about how the internships fits into your coursework at this point in your university experience.

GRADING PLAN:
Complete required number of hours and receive a positive letter from your supervisor 60%.

Meet twice with your professor 15%.

Be present so professor can take attendance and is familiar with your activities.

Submit a Journal 10%.

Write a 4-5 page paper about the internship experience 10% TOTAL 100%

ACADEMIC HONESTY: (This statement is from the Park University Undergraduate Catalog.) “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

PLAGIARISM: (This statement if from the park University Undergraduate Catalog.)

Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

ATTENDANCE POLICY: (This statement if from the Park University Undergraduate Catalog.) “Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.”

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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: www.park.edu/disability.