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CRJ 495: Criminal Justice Major Capstone

Course Description

This course is designed to allow students to integrate knowledge acquired during previous courses taken as part of the criminal justice major. In this course students will create an original, scholarly work synthesizing knowledge gained regarding criminal justice theories, methodology and systems and apply same to a contemporary issue, policy or problem in the field of criminal justice that is relevant to the student’s concentration within the major. Students graduating with a concentration in Victim Advocacy will be required to focus their research on a topic specific to that field. Students will work independently with support and input from student colleagues and the professor as well as engage in threaded discussions regarding current topics grounded in relevant criminal justice literature.

Prerequisites

  • Students must have completed most of their concentration courses and take this course in their last semester. Academic Counselor approval is required to register.
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Formulate a research project proposal that demonstrates student's ability to effectively compose an undergraduate criminal justice capstone research project by constructing a thesis, analyzing the relationship of the thesis to the student's concentration outcomes and selecting appropriate scholarly resources in support of the thesis.
  2. Assess critically project proposals and provide constructive feedback to peers in a group setting and revise own proposal based on peer review and professor feedback.
  3. Evaluate a current issue in the field of criminal justice synthesizing criminal justice theories, methodology and systems while demonstrating mastery of the concentration outcomes.
  4. Demonstrate writing proficiencies appropriate to the senior college level.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in communicating with peers in a group setting.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)

Weight

Discussion (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Project Proposal (Week 2)

10%

Research Project Draft 1 (Week 3)

5%

Research Project Draft 2 (Week 4)

5%

Research Project Draft 3 (Week 6)

5%

Research Project Final Draft (Week 8)

50%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Moore Howard, Rebecca. Writing Matters. 3rd ed. McGraw Hill, 2017. ISBN-13: 9781259693557

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,5

Topic: Planning Your Research Project and Drafting Your Project Proposal

  • Readings:
    • Writing Matters - Chapters 2 & 3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Plan Research Project and Begin Drafting Project Proposal

2

1,2,5

Topic: Review of Project Proposal

  • Readings:
    • Writing Matters - Chapters 12, 13 & 14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Your Project Proposal for Instructor and Peer Review

3

3,4,5

Topics: Ethics in the Profession & First Draft

  • Readings:
    • Writing Matters - Chapters 15 & 17
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit First Draft (minimum 5 pages)

4

3,4,5

Topic: Second Draft

  • Readings:
    • Writing Matters - Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Second Draft (minimum 10 pages)

5

3,4,5

Topics: Causes of Crime & APA Style

  • Readings:
    • Writing Matters - Chapter 19
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Continue researching and writing

6

3,4,5

Topic: Third Draft

  • Readings:
    • Writing Matters - Chapters 26, 29, 30 & 31
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Third Draft (minimum 20 pages)

7

3,4,5

Topic: Final Revision

  • Readings: None
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Review Project for final submission

8

3,4,5

Topic: Reflection & Final Draft

  • Readings: None
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Final Project
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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