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CJAD 495: Integrative Seminar

Course Description

Culminating course for graduation as a Criminal Justice Major; completion with a grade of C or higher required. Designed to integrate and synthesize all coursework in criminal justice and related areas so the student has a broad conceptual and practical understanding of the criminal justice career field. In addition, it is designed to ensure that the student has a practical understanding of all the critical and current issues in the criminal justice field as they relate to the law, law enforcement agencies, criminal courts, corrections, and juvenile justice.

Prerequisite: Completion of 90 hours of coursework and Senior standing

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Maguire, M., & Okada. Critical issues in crime and justice: Thought, policy, and practice. 2nd ed. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE, 2015.
    • ISBN-978-1-4833-5062-2
  • Cole, G. F., Gertz, M. G.. The criminal justice system: Politics and policies . 10th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2013.
    • ISBN-978-1-111-34663-8

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

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Course Overview

Welcome to CJAD 495, Integrative seminar! This course is designed to integrate and synthesize all course work in criminal justice and related areas. The goal of the course is to ensure students have a practical understanding of critical and current issues in criminal justice.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate common and best practices in modern criminal justice agencies.
  2. Describe the complex nature of the criminal justice system and its limitations.
  3. Explain the relationship between philosophy, theory, policy and practice in the criminal justice system.
  4. Articulate important theories and policies regarding criminal justice issues.
  5. Explain common terminology and methods used by professionals in the criminal justice system.
  6. Describe the typical work environment and career path for criminal justice professionals.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (17) 250 25%
Current Events (8) 120 12%
Job Posting Assignments (3) 30 3%
Interview Assignments (3) 225 22%
Resume (1) 100 10%
Research Paper (1) 275 28%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Student Introductions 10 Sunday
Discussion 1 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 15
Current Events 1 15 Wednesday/Friday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4 15
Current Events 2 15 Wednesday/Friday
Job Posting 1 10 Friday/Sunday
Research Paper Proposal 20 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6 15
Student Resume Workshop (Initial Draft) 20
Current Events 3 15 Wednesday/Friday
Interview 1 75 Friday/Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8 15
Current Events 4 15 Wednesday/Friday
Job Posting 2 10 Friday/Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10 15
Current Events 5 15 Wednesday/Friday
Interview 2 75 Friday/Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12 15
Current Events 6 15 Wednesday/Friday
Job Posting 3 10 Friday/Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14 15
Current Events 7 15 Wednesday/Friday
Interview 3 75 Friday/Sunday
Research Paper 255 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Student Resume (Final Draft) 80 Wednesday
Current Events 8 15 Wednesday/Friday
Discussion 15 15 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 16 15
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

There are 16 discussion assignments in the course, with two topics each assigned per week (three in Week 1 including the Introductions topic, worth 10 points). Each topic is worth 15 points.

Discussion topics will become available at 12:01 am CT Monday each week. You must post your original response to each discussion topic/prompt by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. You must then respond to at least two other student initial responses within each discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. This only changes in Week 8 where all responses are due on Saturday.

While not required, students are encouraged to read as many postings as possible each week.


Current Events

There are 8 Current Events discussion assignments in the course, one each week. Each week you will choose a relevant article in the news and answer the prompts assigned in the discussion topic. A link must be provided to the article, as well as the source. Each Current Event assignment is worth 15 points. Current Events discussion topics will become available on the Monday of each week and all work must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must post your original response to each discussion topic/prompt by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. You must then respond to at least two other student initial response within each discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Friday.


Job Posting Assignments

There are 3 Job Posting discussion assignments in the course, in Weeks 2, 4, and 6. Each Job Posting assignment is worth 10 points. Job Posting assignments will require you to locate current job opportunities in the criminal justice field in the areas of Court or Juvenile Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, and Adult Corrections/Probation Parole Officer that will correlate with your Interview Assignments. Sources may include newspapers, state job service websites, federal agencies, or publications. A list of resources will be provided in the Content area, however they can be found on other reputable sources so long as a link is provided.

Once selected, a summary of the job announcement, the source, and application procedures should be posted to the discussion topic. Job Posting discussion topics will become available on the Monday of each week and all work must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. You must post your original response to each discussion topic/prompt by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must then respond to at least two other student initial response within each discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.


Interview Assignments

There are 3 Interview discussion assignments in the course, in Weeks 3, 5, and 7. The goal of the Interview Assignments is to gain exposure and additional information about positions in the courts or juvenile areas, law enforcement, or parole/probation that may be new or unfamiliar to you.

You will be required to locate an individual subject working in the assigned area (cannot be a coworker), develop appropriate interview questions, and schedule and interview the person about their position and area of work. Interview subjects can work at the local, state, or federal level.

There are no set questions for the assignments, but students must devise a list of questions that must be finalized prior to interviewing the chosen subject.

Once the interview is complete, a brief report must be created and submitted to the appropriate discussion topic. This report can be pasted into the body of the message as long as formatting is maintained, or it can be attached as a document. It should be a full compilation of all the results of your interview in question and answer format, and contain an evaluation statement of the significant information learned. Subject contact information should be provided if at all possible, but if there are privacy concerns, it can be emailed to the instructor.

You must post your interviews by 11:59 pm CT Friday of the week it is due to the appropriate discussion topic. Once the report has been submitted, you must reply to at least two other classmate’s post for full credit by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. Interview Assignments are worth 75 points each.


Research Paper

You will complete a Research Paper on a topic you perceive to be a critical issue today facing Criminal Justice. The Research Paper must be a minimum of 10 pages of text in the body of the paper, not including the cover page or reference pages.

You will begin the project by submitting a research question for approval by the instructors in Week 2. It must be submitted to the appropriate discussion topic no later than 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 2. It is worth 20 points.

You will format your paper in MLA or APA style, and must include at least 10 primary sources. These include journals, books, and another appropriate source material. The Research paper should include a title page, introduction, body, summary/conclusions, and a reference page. It should be original work, and papers used for other courses/institutions are not permitted. It must be typed, double-spaced and submitted digitally. The final Research Paper is worth 255 points and is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 7 to the appropriate dropbox.


Resume

In a two-part assignment, you will prepare and complete a professional resume. The first draft will be due to the Student Resume Workshop discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 3. It is worth 20 points. Once an initial draft has been submitted, you will then critique at least two classmate’s resumes by 11:59 PM CT Sunday. All work must be completed by Sunday.

You will utilize the feedback from both classmates and the instructor to revise your resume. The revised Professional Resume will be due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 8. It will be worth 80 points. (Note: Do not include your SSN on your resume.)



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Criminal Justice and Criminological Paradigms
Readings

Chapters 1-5 in Maguire and Okada (pp. 3-87)

Student Introductions

I would like each of you to take a few minutes to introduce yourself to your classmates. Who are you? Where do you live? Tell us about your occupation, hobbies, family, or pets. Provide any information that you would like to share, but only what you are comfortable with sharing in this environment.

Discussion 1

Is there any relationship between the style of policing chosen by a department and the ethical practices it feels are legitimate for its officers to use in carrying out their duties? How is police corruption related to policing styles? Do you feel that there is widespread police corruption in America? What do you base your position on? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 2

What is the value of constructing theories reflecting crime causation? What are the major considerations or variables necessary in constructing a reasonable crime causation explanation? Of what benefit are crime theories to your average criminal justice professional? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Current Events 1

In Week 1 we are looking look at victimology. Select any victim-related issue/story in the news this week. What, if any, public policy implications are associated with this story? Offer additional thoughts and opinions or related course material/references to support your assessment. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story in your initial post. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Week 2: Politics and the Administration of Justice
Readings

Articles 1-5 in Cole and Gertz (pp. 6-100)

Discussion 3

What is the best explanation for mass incarceration in America? How do we get political leaders and/or policy makers to address the issue of incarceration and racial disparities? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 4

How important is theory and research when policy makers write laws or make new policies? What role does theory and research play in policy making? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Current Events 2

Race is an on-going issue in our society today. Select any criminal justice race-related issue/story in the news this week. What, if any, public policy implications are associated with this story? Offer additional thoughts and opinions or related course material/references to support your assessment. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Job Posting 1

Locate current job opportunities in the criminal justice field, in the area of Court or Juvenile officer positions. These may include: newspapers, the state job service center, Federal Office of Personnel Management, ACJS employment bulletin, Law & Order magazine, Police Chief magazine, etc. Post a summary of the job announcement, source of the material, and application procedures. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Research Paper Proposal

Submit proposed topic to the discussion topic by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Week 3: Offenses and Offenders
Readings

Chapters 6-15 in Maguire and Okada (pp. 91-242)

Discussion 5

What role does gender play in policy, treatment, and punishment of criminal offenders? How does gender influence delinquency and criminal behavior? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 6

What role should state and local law enforcement play in the fight against terrorism and cyber-crimes today? How should we evaluate the success or failure of U.S. policy on terrorism? What if any legal rights should terrorist suspects have in terms of access to legal counsel, protection from abuse while detained and questioned, and the harsh conditions of their detention? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Student Resume Workshop (Initial Draft)

For this workshop, post a copy of your draft resume, as an MS Word attachment, to the appropriate Discussion topic. You will then reply to at least two classmates with feedback on their resume. Choose someone who hasn’t received feedback yet if possible. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Current Events 3

Select any gang, sex crime, or pornography-related issue/story in the news this week. What, if any, public policy implications are associated with this story? Offer additional thoughts and opinions or related course material/references to support your assessment. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story in your initial post. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Interview 1

Locate an individual working as a Court or Juvenile Officer (if you work in this field, it cannot be a coworker). Develop appropriate interview questions, and schedule and conduct an interview with them about their position and area of work. Include your interview report as part of your initial post. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Week 4: Offenses and Offenders
Readings

Articles 6-13 in Cole and Gertz (pp. 107-254)

Discussion 7

In recent years, we have witnessed a change in attitude by police and the courts in the area of domestic violence. What role should police play in the very private/family based conflict? Is this a law enforcement responsibility? Will we be better able to assist families in crisis using the community policing approach? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 8

Police officers have one of the highest suicide rates among professionals in the United States. Every day we read or hear in the news about police officers and the use of force. How should we measure excessive force? What can be done to reduce the level of stress for police officers? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Current Events 4

Immigration is in the news every day. Select any criminal justice immigration related issue/story in the news this week. What, if any, public policy implications are associated with this story? Offer additional thoughts and opinions or related course material/references to support your assessment. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Job Posting 2

Locate current job opportunities in the criminal justice field, in the area of Law Enforcement Officer positions. Post a summary job announcement, source of the material, and application procedures, to the appropriate Discussion topic. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Week 5: Police and Courts
Readings

Chapters 16-18 in Maguire and Okada (pp. 245-296). Articles 14-18 in Cole and Gertz (pp. 261-363).

Discussion 9

The police are organized around the enforcement of not only the criminal law but also of moral behavior generally. How do the police engage in the identification and enforcement of morality? What are the implications of having police enforce standards of behavior? Do the police in fact decide what appropriate moral behavior is? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 10

Describe the relationship between the prosecutor and the police. What factors influence a prosecutor’s decision to refuse a case from the police? What ethical concerns are raised because of prosecutorial discretion? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Current Events 5

Select any judicial related issue/story in the news this week. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story on the Current Event Thread. What, if any, public policy implications are associated with this story? Offer additional thoughts and opinions or related course material/references to support your assessment. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Interview 2

Locate an individual working as a Law Enforcement Officer (if you work in this field, it cannot be a coworker). Develop appropriate interview questions, and schedule and conduct an interview with them about their position and area of work. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Week 6: Corrections
Readings

Articles 19-25 in Cole and Gertz (pp. 370-499). Chapters 23-26 in Maguire and Okada (pp. 365-419).

Discussion 11

What are some of the special problems associated with special needs inmates in jail and prison populations? Analyze the implications of releasing the elderly, the mentally ill, and other special needs inmates back into society and discuss the necessary care or medical treatments after release. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 12

Discuss the assumptions about human nature held by the classical thinkers. Are we rational beings, seekers of pleasure, or free moral agents? With this in mind, what are some of the barriers faced by offenders who have recently been released from prison? How can we address them effectively? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Current Events 6

Select any punishment related issue/story in the news this week. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story on the Current Event Thread. What, if any, public policy implications are associated with this story? Offer additional thoughts and opinions or related course material/references to support your assessment. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Job Posting 3

Locate current job opportunities in the criminal justice field, in the area of adult corrections/probation/Parole Officer positions. Post a summary job announcement, source of the material, and application procedures, to the appropriate Discussion topic. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Policy Perspectives
Readings

Articles 26-32 in Cole and Gertz (pp. 506-618).

Discussion 13

How do we know if community policing works? How can public satisfaction with the police be increased? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 14

Describe the key elements of a liberal criminal justice policy. Contrast this to the conservative “get tough with crime” policies. How can we improve the system’s fairness and justice for all in society? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Current Events 7

Gun ownership is an on-going political issue in America. Select any gun control policy related issue/story in the news this week. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story on the Current Event Thread. What, if any, public policy implications are associated with this story? Offer additional thoughts and opinions or related course material/references to support your assessment. Identify the source of the story and post a summary of the story. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Interview 3

Locate an individual working in adult corrections/probation/parole officer (if you work in this field, it cannot be a coworker). Develop appropriate interview questions, and schedule and conduct an interview with them about their position and area of work. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Research Paper

Submit your Research Paper to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 7. Guidelines and expectations can be found in the Content area, as well as a grading rubric.

Week 8: General Public Policy, American Courts, and the Juvenile Justice System
Readings

Chapters 20-22 in Maguire and Okada (pp. 313-359)

Student Resume (Final Draft)

Submit a final draft of the resume compiled with classmate feedback (Week 3) to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

Current Events 8

In looking at the juvenile justice system, some of the questions that come up include: Should juveniles be held accountable for their criminal actions? What should the primary concern be in terms of juvenile transfers to adult court? Select any juvenile related issue/story in the news this week. What, if any, public policy implications are associated with this story? Offer additional thoughts and opinions or related course material/references to support your assessment. Identify the source of the story and post a summary. One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 15

What do you think of the concept of moral entrepreneurs and moral panics? Is it an overblown academic position, or does it represent reality? What would you say to someone who says that any moral panic still represents a real problem that must be dealt with? Finally, what examples of potential moral panics can you identify that would call for new criminal justice policies? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.

Discussion 16

An important goal of sentencing guidelines was to eliminate unwarranted disparity in sentencing. What will be the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision for making the federal sentencing guidelines voluntary and advisory rather than mandatory? Will these decisions lead to less uniformity and more disparity in sentencing, or will they enable judges to individualize justice in appropriate ways? What if any policy implications are associated with this change? One initial post and at least two replies to classmates are required.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late assignments (projects & research papers) will not be graded as a general rule.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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