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. (3 credits)
- 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:
- Synthesize learning of the criminal justice major through a research project.
- Analyze a current topic, issue or problem in the criminal justice system by conducting scholarly research.
- Describe a criminal justice topic, issue or problem with clarity and logical organization.
- Explain current criminal justice theories and events to peers in a group setting.
- Use the group setting to collaborate regarding the research project planning and drafting process.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussion (Weeks 1-8)
Project Plan (Week 2)
Final Project (Week 8)
- There is no required textbook to purchase. All required materials are provided in the course.
- Students will need access to the Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Readings and Exercises
Topic: Where do I begin?
Topic: Project Proposals: Peer Review and Submission
Topics: Avoiding Plagiarism & First Draft
Topic: Second Draft
Topics: Causes of Crime
Topics: Ethics in the Profession and Third Draft
Topics: Proofreading and Finishing Touches
Topics: Final Draft and Reflection
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.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.