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CJ 200 Criminology
Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


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Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

FA 2008 HO

Faculty

Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.

Title

Associate Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30-9:30, 11:00-12:00; Tuesday:10:00-11:00, 1:00-2:00; Wednesday:8:30-9:30; Thursday: 10:00-11:00; and by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302

Other Phone

pager (816) 247-2531

E-Mail

john.hamilton@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 18, 2007-December 13, 2008

Class Days

MWF

Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

 

Schmalleger, Frank. Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction 5th ed., Pearson-Prentice Hall Publications. ISBN: 013513031X 

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

Educational Philosophy:
 

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.

 

 

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.


Core Assessment:

For CJ200, all students will complete an essay, 6-8 pages (1,500 to 2,000 words) in length (excluding the cover sheet and bibliography pages) which compares and contrasts two of the theories of crime and criminal activity discussed in the course. You are free to select the theories you wish to examine. It is also acceptable to compare or contrast theories from different disciplines. In other words, you may choose to compare one of the sociological theories with a similar perspective in the psychological theories. Your essay should consider the historical foundations of the study of criminal behavior; and examine ways in which society responds to criminal behavior in terms of prevention and punishment. The paper should be written in APA format and have at least four sources, three of which should be sources not covered in the course. The essay should contain a title page, an outline, and a bibliography.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
 

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

Grading:
 

            

Three tests                                         300 points                              35%

Comprehensive final                         100     “                                   11%   

Essay                                                 200     “                                   24%

Short papers (50 pts. Each)            150     “                                   19%

Class participation                            100     “                                   11%

            TOTAL                                    850    

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. Ten points will be deducted for papers submitted late, and up to five points will be added for papers submitted prior to the due date.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

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. Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

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. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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

August 18                   Introduction to course

            August 20                   Lesson 1        The Picture of Crime (Ch. 1 and 3)

            August 22                   Lesson 1

            August 25                   Lesson 1       

            August 27                   Lesson 1

August 29                   Lesson 1       

September 1            Labor Day – no class

September 3             Lesson 2        Patterns of Crime (Ch.2)

September 5             Lesson 2        Short paper #1 due

September 8            Lesson 2

September 10           Lesson 3        Theories of Criminology (Ch. 4)

September 12           Lesson 3       

September 15           Lesson 3

September 17          Test #1         

September 19           Lesson 4        Biological Theories of Criminal Behavior (Ch. 5)

September 22           Lesson 4

September 24           Lesson 4        and Short Paper #2 due

September 26           Lesson 5        Psychological Theories of Criminal Behavior (Ch.6)

September 29           Lesson 5

October 1                   Lesson 5

October 3                   Lesson 6        Theories of Social Structure and                                                                             Process (Ch. 7 and Ch. 8 pp.242-260)

October 6                   Lesson 6

October 8                   Lesson 6

October 10               Test #2

October 13               Fall Break – no class

October 15               Fall Break – no class

October 17               Fall Break – no class

October 20                 Lesson 7        Theories of Social Development and Conflict (Ch. 8 pp. 261-277 and Ch. 9)

October 22                 Lesson 7

October 24                 Lesson 7       

October 27                 Lesson 7       

October 29                 Lesson 7

October 31                 Lesson 8        Crimes Against Persons (Ch.10)   

November 3               Lesson 8

November 5               Lesson 9

November 7               Lesson 9        Crimes Against property (Ch. 11)

November 10Lesson 9        Short paper #3 due

November 12                        Test #3

November 14Lesson 10      Drug Abuse and Crime (Ch. 13)

November 17Lesson 10

November 19Lesson 11      Other Types of Crime (Ch. 12 and Ch.                                                                   14)

November 21Lesson 11      Essay due

November 24Lesson 11

November 26           Thanksgiving break – no class

November 28           Thanksgiving break – no class

December 1              Lesson 12      Social Policy and the Future (Ch. 15                                                                      and Ch. 16)

December 3              Lesson 12

December 5              Lesson 12

 (Final Examination: 12//2008  10:15-12:15 )

SHORT PAPERS:    The short papers should be 2-3 pagers 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 the word or ideas of others are used, appropriate citation of the source is required. The topics are as follows:

Short Paper 1: Research is a very important part of Criminology.  It must be completed in an ethical manner using generally acceptable research methods.  In this short paper you will look at data analysis and methods of analysis.   What are descriptive statistics and inferential statistics?  How are they different?  What are tests of significance?  Why are they important?  Two different types of research techniques are utilized to gather data. What are they and how do they differ? 

Short Paper 2: How valid do you believe the neoclassical theories of crime are? Where do you see evidence that these theories are still very prevalent in CJ?

Short Paper 3: The textbook emphasizes social problems versus social responsibility themes. Provide at least two theoretical perspectives that best support the social problems approach and at least two which best support the social responsibility approach. Which theme is currently popular? Why?

ESSAY:          The essay should compare and contrast at least two of the theories discussed in Chapters 5-9 of the textbook. You are free to select the theories you wish to examine. It is also acceptable to compare or contrast theories from different disciplines. In other words, you may choose to compare one of the sociological theories with a similar perspective in the psychological theories. The paper will be discussed more during the first two weeks of class. 

 

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact assembles at least 4 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles at least 2-3 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles 2 or fewer sources from only one resource The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact will display the use of at least 4 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the two perspectives. The artifact will display the use of at least 2-3 outside sources and the ability to compare and contrast the two perspectives. The artifact will display the use of fewer than 2 outside sources and show little ability to compare and contrast the two perspectives. The artifact does not display an ability to compare and contrast the two perspectives 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 3 or more evaluation perspectives in support of the perspective they cite as most valid The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in support of the perspective they cite as most valid The artifact contains 1 evaluation perspective in support of the perspective they cite as most valid Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains no errors in terminology The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology The artifact contains 3-4 errors in terminology The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact discusses more than 5 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements chosen The artifact discusses 4 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements chosen The artifact discusses fewer than 4 key elements and displays little understanding of the elements chosen The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact is in APA format, is at least 8 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA format, is at least 5-7 pages in length, displays proper grammar and no more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and 2 or more spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and multiple spelling errors 

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