CJ200 Criminology

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CJ 200


Fall, 2004

John Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration

Mackay  Rm. 20C

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-9:00,11:00-12:00; Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-12:00; and by appointment

Phone: (816) 584-6302; pager, (816) 247-2533

e-mail:           john.hamilton@park.edu

Dates of Course:    August 23-December 17, 2003

Location of course:           Mackay 32

Class times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00-10:50

Credit hours:                       3





The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.




          An examination of the nature of and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction to criminal behavior.




The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings.  The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.




          Students excelling in this class will:


1.                  Attain a basic understanding of the causes of crime

2.                  Develop a basic understanding of the theories of criminal behavior

3.                  Expand knowledge of the interactions of criminal behavior and society

4.                  Discover the historical foundations of the study of criminal behavior

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


Upon completion of this class, students will demonstrate:


1.                  An ability to apply the material learned to factual situations

2.                  Improved skills in gathering and evaluating information effectively

3.                  Improved written and oral communication skills through interaction with other students in a structured, but flexible environment




          Schmalleger, Frank.  Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction.  3rd edition update. Upper Saddle River, N.J.:Prentice Hall, 2004.




            Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examination, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.




Plagiarism – the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.




          Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment.  Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for the student receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Class attendance is a major portion of the class participation grade.




          Assignments should be turned in on or before the due on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence.  The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail, or pager) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused.  Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date. 




            Assessment of learning will be through tests, quizzes, exercises, papers, and presentations.          




            It is expected that members of the class will treat each other with respect and dignity.  There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class.  Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. 




          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




            The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.


August 23                   Introduction to course

            Part I: The Crime Problem

            August 25                   Chapter 1       What is Criminology?

            August 27                   Chapter 1 including discussion of Papers

            August 30                   Chapter 2       Patterns of Crime

            Sept 1                         Chapter 2                   ‘’

Sept 3                         Chapter 3       Research Methods and

                                                            Theory Development

Sept 06                      Labor Day

Sept 08                      Chapter 3                   ‘’

Sept 10                      Review of Chapters 1-3 and first Short Paper is due

            Part II:  Crime Causation

Sept 13                      Chapter 4       Classical and Neoclassical Thought

Sept 15                      Chapter 4                   ‘’

Sept 17                      Chapter 5       Biological Roots of Criminal Behavior

Sept 20                      Chapter 5                   ‘’

Sept 22                      Review of Chapters 4 and 5

Sept 24                      Test #1

Sept 27                      Chapter 6       Psychological and Psychiatric

                                                            Foundations of Criminal Behavior

Sept.29                      Chapter 6                   ‘’

Oct 01                         No Class

Oct 04                         Chapter 7       Sociological Theories I:

                                                            Social Structure

Oct 06                         Chapter 7                   ‘’


Oct 08                         Chapter 8       Sociological Theories II:

                                                            Social Processes and Social


Oct 11                         Chapter 8                   ‘’

Oct 13                         Chapter 9       Sociological Theories III: Social


Oct 15                         Chapter 9                   ‘’ and second Short Paper is


Oct 18-22                   Fall Recess

Oct 25                         Review of Chapter 6-9 

Oct 27                         Test #2

Part III: Crime in the Modern World                                  

Oct 29                         Chapter 10     Crimes against Persons and

Nov 01                        Chapter 10                 ‘’

Nov 03                        Chapter 11     Crimes against Property

Nov 05                        Chapter 12     White Collar and Organized Crime

Nov 08                        Chapter 12                 ‘’

Nov 10                        Chapter 13     Drug Abuse and Crime

Nov 12                        Chapter 13                 ‘’

Nov 15                        Chapter 14     Technology and Crime

Nov 17                        Chapter 14                 ‘’

Nov 19                        Review of Chapters 10-14

Nov 22                        Test #3

            Part IV: Responding to Criminal Behavior          

Nov 24                        Chapter 15     Criminology and Social Policy

Nov 25-26                  Thanksgiving Recess

Nov 29                        Chapter 15                 ‘’ and essay due

Dec 01                       Chapter 16     Future Directions

Dec 03                       Student Presentations                     

Dec 06                       Student presentations

Dec 08                       Student presentations

Dec 10                       Review for final examination

Dec 15                       Final Examination (10:15-12:15)


SHORT PAPERS:  The short papers should be 2-3 pages in length and computer generated.  These are not major research papers but rather essays answering topics covered in the course.  As with any writing, however, where world or ideas of others are used, appropriate citation of the source is required.  The topics are as follows:

1. Discuss the five types of data gathered for use in criminology research and give an example of each.


2.      The textbook emphasizes social problems versus social responsibility themes.  Explain which theoretical perspectives best support the social problems approach and which best support the social responsibility approach and explain which theme is currently popular and why.


ESSAY:  The essay should be approximately 3-5 pages in length and in proper format.  This paper should be submitted with a title page and a bibliography if outside sources are utilized.  REMEMBER you must provide credit to persons whose work you quote or paraphrase.  In this essay you should compare and contrast two of the theories discussed in Chapters 7-9.


            An A paper will demonstrate an understanding of the theories chosen, use of critical thinking skills, use some outside sources, and be presented an appropriate format on or before the due date.

            A B paper will be a moderate understanding of the theories chosen, and use some critical thinking skills It will, however, be presented in the appropriate research format on or before the due date.

            A C paper will be a summary of the theories chosen and will display little or no critical thinking skills. It will be submitted by the due date

            A D paper will be short and not display an understanding of the theories chosen. It will show no attempt to utilize critical thinking skills and will probably be submitted after the due date.

            A failing paper will be late or not written according to the directions given.


PRESENTATIONS:  Students will be expected to discuss their short papers and essays with the class.  Each presentation should last at least 2-3 minutes.

            In order to receive an A, you must be prepared and not read directly from your notes. Overheads, PowerPoint, or other visual aids are acceptable if you wish to utilize them. You must demonstrate an understanding of your topic

            For a B, you must give a presentation without reading your notes or other materials.   You give some indication that you understand your topic

            For a C, you give a presentation using your notes an/or you are unprepared for your report

            In order to receive a D, you read your presentation and/or it is less than 1 minute.

            Failure to give a presentation will result in no points being added to your total score.  Making a presentation is YOUR decision.  I will not make or beg anyone to present their work.




            Three tests and a comprehensive final (10% each)          400 points      50%

            Two short papers (50 pts. each)                                         100     “           13%

            Essay                                                                                     150     “           20%

            Presentation of two papers (25 pts. Each)                        50       “           05%

            Class participation                                                               100     “           12%

                        TOTAL                                                                        800

In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=less than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner.  Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late, and up to five points will be added for papers submitted prior to the due date.