California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: November 19, 2009
You will be held accountable for the readings and discussion questions listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
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Week 13: Week of November 22, 2009
-- Friday, November 20 through Tuesday, December 1st -- Second Meetings
-- Friday, November 27th -- No Class (Thanksgiving Break)
-- Friday, December 4th, beginning of class -- Final Portfolio due
-- Wednesday, December 16th -- Last day of class
Topic: The Future: Career Changes, Promotions & Advancement
- J. Scott Harrs & Karen Hess. Careers in Criminal Justice and Other Related Fields. Sections 4.
- Randy Pausch. The Last Lecture. at least the first half of the book.
- Susan Takata and Jeanne Curran. Theory, Policy, Practice of a Career. [online] ---
- Spencer Johnson. Who Moved My Cheese? --- Entire book.
- Mark Jones. Criminal Justice Pioneers in U.S. History. Entire book .
- Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go -- [Unfortunately, there is no video or DVD, yet!]
Lecture related links:
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"
- Those Infamous Grades and Letters of Recommendation
Concepts to be covered:
- office politics
- "off duty" activities
- identity crisis
- job loss
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you will need to do all of the assigned reading.
- "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure." General Colin. L. Powell (from H&H, p. 281). What does this quote mean?
- What needs to be done once you get the job? (H&H, p. 282)
- Why do you think important people often seem so "down-to-earth"? Conversely, why do you think many "not-so-important" people act so brashly? (H&H, p. 291).
- How would you handle a situation in which you know a co-worker was doing something illegal, immoral or unethical? Would you respond differently if the person was a peer or your supervisor? (H&H, p. 291).
- If you were promoting someone, what characteristics would you look for? (H&H, p. 308)
- Why do you think some people put more emphasis on their jobs than on the rest of their lives? (H&H, p. 320).
Suggestions for your Career Portfolio:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your career portfolio. Cannot be something that you are doing or have done for another course. Research cannot be 100% online (i.e., google, askjeeves). Must conduct library research using scholarly works, (not the popular press -- Time Magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated). You will need to submit a bibliography with each project. No term papers! Allow time to dialogue, and obtain feedback. Email me your ideas ASAP!
- new Select a one week period. Record how you spend you time. Analyze your use of time. How efficient are you? Are there ways to improve?
- new Put together a collage that would summarize what "success" means to you?
- Develop a photographic presentation of the do's and don'ts when decorating one's office (or cubicle) .
- Create a visual collage tracing your career path.
- Select one or two "most dreaded interview questions," and develop your answer to them.
- Take pictures of yourself (or have a friend photograph you):What you would wear to an interview? What you would not wear to an interview? Explain why for both situations.
- Videotape yourself answering interview questions. Constructively critique your "performance."
- Beyond the OOH, examine other forecasts in your career field. Compare and contrast the OOH with these other sources.
- Map out where your career path will go after commencement at UWP.
Elements for the Final Career Performance Portfolio:
- Final Course Objective
- Final Resume
- Final Biography
- Second Half Elective Elements (3 to 5 new pieces with at least one "visual")
- Second Half Portfolio Self-Assessment (for the 2nd 8 week)
Self-Assessment Questions for Career Performance Portfolio:
- Explain in depth, how your career performance portfolio specifically connects to the readings, class discussions, and major concepts discussed in class. Demonstrate how your portfolio relates to "theory, policy, practice". What have you learned at midterm?
- Assess how the 6Cs apply to your career performance portfolio, with special attention on competence and creativity. What is your career performance portfolio self-assessment (provide a letter grade) ___ ? Explain why this particular grade.
--- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
--- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.
Course Syllabus for CRMJ 391 "The Criminal Justice Profession"
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