VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITYCOLLEGE OF HUMANITITES AND SOCIAL SCIENCEDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICECourse SyllabusFall 2020Course Number and Section: CJUS 420Course Name: Senior Seminar for Criminal JusticeCourse Meeting Room: Virtual (Zoom Online Meeting on Mondays & Wednesdays)Class Days and Time: Mondays &Wednesdays Virtual (Online)Credit Hours: 3 HOURSPre-requisites or Co-requisites: Criminal Justice Senior Standing
I. Instructor Information:Name: Dr. Ifeoma OkoyeOffice Location: Colson Hall 201A (Online/virtual office for the Fall 2020)Office Phone: 804-524- 2980(please communicate through email)Office Hours: Virtual and by appointmentEmail: [email protected]Teaching Method: Lectures through Zoom web conferencing, virtual classroom discussions and virtual in-class activities will be employed in this course.II. Course Catalog Description:Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice provides an opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills gained through successful completion of the criminal justice program of study. Readings, discussions, and written papers incorporating both quantitative and qualitative research methods on selected problems and issues in criminal justice required. Students will be required to write a final paper and make a formal presentation. The paper will be reviewed and accepted by the departmental Senior Seminar Paper Review Committee. III. Course Materials and Basic Resources: Required Text1.Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., nd Williams, J. M. (2008) The Craft of Research. Chicago,IL: University of Chicago Press.2.Mutchnick, R. J.; Berg, B. L. & Ireland, C. (2010). Research Methods for CriminalJustice and Social Sciences. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.3.Whisker, G. (2009). The Undergraduate Research Handbook. New York, NY: Palgrave.4.Curran, D. & Renzetti, M. C. (2001). Theories of Crime. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.Recommended Texts1.American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of theAmerican Psychological Association. (6thed). Washington, D.C. APA.2.Falcone, D. N. (2010). Prentice Hall’s Dictionary of American Criminal Justice,Criminology, and Criminal Law. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.3.Ferree, C. W. & Pfeifer H. L. (2013). Write & Wrong: Writing Within CriminalJustice. Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett Learning. 4.Johnson, W. A.; Rettig, R. P.; Scott, G. M. (2011). The Criminal Justice StudentWriter’s Manual. (5ed). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.5.Lester, J. D. and Lester, J. D. Jr. (2012). The Essential Guide: Research WritingAcross the Disciplines (3rdEd.). New York: Longman.
6.Lilly, J. R., Cullen, F. and Ball, R. A. (2011). Criminological Theory: Contextand Consequences. California: Sage Publications.7.Miller, J. M., Maxfield, M. G. & Babbie, E. R. (2012). Basics of ResearchMethods. (3ed.) California: Cengage Learning. 8.Pitch, C. & Terry, K. (2011). A Short Guide o Writing about Criminal Justice.New Jersey: Prentice Hall.9.Renzetti, M. C., Curran, D. & Carr, P. (2003). Theories of Crime: a Reader.