CJ200 Criminology

for U1J 2006

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CJ 200 Criminology


U1J 2006 DN


McLendon, Jesse


Senior Adjunct Instructor


A.A.S. Criminal Justice Administration - Maple Woods Comm College
B.S. Criminal Justice Administration and Public Administration - Park College
MPA Public Management - Park College

Daytime Phone

816 412 7909

Other Phone

816 454 5844




Semester Dates

June 8, 2006 to July 27, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Larry Siegel. Criminology, eighth ed. Wadsworth

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Course Description:
(SO200) This basic course provides an examination of the nature and extent of  crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction of  criminal behavior will be covered in this class.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive.  Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writings and use of the internet are significant components of this learning process.  Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core 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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn how our system of criminal law developed, and the basic elements of crimes
  2. Understand how people fall victim to crime and who is likely to become a victim
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
The lesson plan for this course consists of class participation, weekly reading summaries, weekly discussions, and research paper. Class participation in discussions will be an influential component of the student's grade. The quality and quantity of the student's participation will be evaluated regularly the instructor, but missed work must be made up within the week. The assignment grade will be lowered one half-letter grade for each day the assignment (Weekly Reading Summary, Mid-term, Final, Research Paper) is late.

Weekly Reading Summary and Presentation

Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation

Research Paper

Class Participation


Grading Scale: I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term. The grading scale is: A = 90 - 100; B = 80 - 89; C = 70 - 79; D = 60 - 69; F = 0 - 59.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The grade for course work that is late will be lowered one letter grade for each week the assignment is late. The assignment can be e-mailed or faxed to meet this requirement.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
* Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance will be considered in the determination of the final course grade.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period and after breaks.  Students arriving late to class disrupt the learning environment, so those who continually arrive late and leave early will have their final grade lowered.
* Students must make sure all cell phones and pagers are either turned off or on vibrate.  Students who leave class to answer a call will have their grade lowered.
* Due to abuse in past semesters/terms, excused absences will not be given for absences the instructor has not been notified of, before the beginning of class.  Notification can be made by phone call to the instructor or e-mail at least an hour before class.  The student must also make up all the missed class work by the next class period.
* Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss the assignment.  (This means the first week assignment is required the first night of class, make sure you have your book!)  This course will consist of class discussion and lecture.  You are expected to take part in the discussion, so it is very important that you are prepared for class.  Assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussion.
* There will be a mid-term examination and a final examination.  The exams will be from both class discussion and the reading assignments.
* When students are required to complete writing assignments, using proper spelling, grammar, and source citations, either APA or MLA formatting is acceptable.
* Periodic essay assignments are required in this course.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.
* A fifteen-page research paper is required for successful completion of this course.  As mentioned above APA or MLA formatting is acceptable using the required margins and no more than 12pt fonts.  The topic of the paper will be related to Criminology.





June 8

Chapter 1 - Crime and Criminology
Chapter 2 - Criminal Law and Its Processes


June 15

Chapter 3 - The Nature and Extent of Crime
Chapter 4 - Victims and Victimization
Chapter 5 - Choice Theory
Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation


June 22

Chapter 6 - Trait Theories
Chapter 7 - Social Structure Theories Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation


June 29

Chapter 8 - Social Theories
Chapter 9 - Conflict Theory
Chapter 10 - Integrated Theories: “Latent Trait and Development Theories”
Mid-term Examination ,


July 6

Chapter 11 - Violent Crimes
Chapter 12 - Property Crimes
Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation


July 13

Chapter 13 - White-Collar and Organized Crime
Chapter 14 - Public Order Crimes
Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation


July 20

Chapter 15 - Overview of the Criminal Justice System
Chapter 16 - Police and Law Enforcement
Research Paper Due
Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation


July 27

Chapter 17 - The Judicatory Process
Chapter 18 - Corrections
Final Examination Due
Weekly Discussion of Summary Presentation

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 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.

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. 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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