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CJ 200 Criminology
Blair, Andrew


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CourseCJ 200 Criminology DL
SemesterF1T2005
FacultyBlair, Andrew
Degrees/CertificatesMS in Criminal Justice
BA in Criminology
AA in Liberal Arts
Daytime Phone757-864-0463
E-Mailandrew.blair@park.edu
Semester Dates22 August - 16 October 2005
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Criminology Today, An Integrative Introduction, 4th ed., by Frank Schmalleger, (Prentice Hall 2005)  ISBN: 0131702106.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
An examination of the nature and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction of criminal behavior.  3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:

1.      Identify and analyze the causes and theories of crime and criminal activities.

2.      Recognize the historical foundations of the study of criminal behavior.

3.      Examine ways in which society today deals with criminal behavior and its efforts at preventing and punishing criminal behavior.

Grading:
Discussion - The discussion questions will come from the assigned readings.

Homework - The homework will come from the assigned readings.

Court Case Briefs - write a very brief summary of a court case of your choice on or related to a topic covered during the week. Simply list who was involved, what happened, when did it happen, where did it happen, the outcome (court decision) and the source of your information (website address, newspaper or magazine title and page #, etc.)

Quizzes - open book quizzes on material covered.

Mid-term Exam - open book exam on material covered during the first half of the term.

Proctored Final Exam - A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.


Other Information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

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Course Grading Scale

A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = < 60%

Discussion - approximately 10% of final grade
Homework - approximately 5% of final grade
Court-Case Briefs - approximately 10% of final grade
Quizzes - approximately 50% of final grade
Proctored Final Exam - 25% of final grade

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The following is a summary of the reading assignments for each week of this course.

Reading Assignments

Week 1 Chapters 1, 2 & 3
Week 2 Chapters 4, 5 & 6
Week 3 Chapters 7, 8 & 9
Week 4 None
Week 5 Chapters 10, 11 & 12
Week 6 Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16
Week 7 None
Week 8 None


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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