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


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Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

FA 2006 HO

Faculty

Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.

Title

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Admininistration

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

Monday and Friday 8:30-10:30; Tuesday and Thursday 11:30-12:30

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302

Other Phone

pager (816) 247-2533

E-Mail

john.hamilton@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 21-December 15, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Schmalleger, Frank. Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction 4th ed., Pearson-Prentice Hall Publications.  ISBN  0-13-170210-6

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Course Description:
( SO 200) 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 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:



  • Essays &/or short answer - essay exams


  • Essay exams 


  • Short paper(s) & presentation(s) & class participation

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

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

Grading:

GRADING PLAN:

            Three tests                                         300 points                              33%

            Comprehensive final                         100    "                                    11%

            Essay                                                 250                                         29%

            Short papers (50 pts. Each)            100                                         11%

            Discussion of essay                           50                                           5%   

Class participation                            100                                         11%

                        TOTAL                                    900    

 

 

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.

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 22 Introduction to the class

August 24 Chapter 1 What is Criminology?

August 29 Chapter 2 Patterns of Crime

August 31 Chapter 2

September 5 Chapter 3 Research Methods and Theory Development

September 7 Chapter 3

September 12 Chapter 4 Classical and Neoclassical Thought

September 14 Chapter 4

September 19 Test #1

September 21 Chapter 5 Biological Roots of Criminal Behavior and Short Paper #1 due

September 26 Chapter 5

September 28 Chapter 6 Psychological and Psychiatric

Foundations of Criminal Behavior

September 28 Chapter 6

October 3 Chapter 7 Sociological Theories I: Social Structure

October 5 Chapter 7

October 10 Chapter 8 Sociological Theories II: Social Process

and Development

October 12 Chapter 8

October 17 Fall Break – no class

October 19 Fall Break – no class

October 24 Test #2

October 26 Chapter 9 Sociological Theories III: Social Conflict

October 31 Chapter 9

November 2 Chapter 10 Crimes against Persons

November 7 Chapter 11 Crimes against Property

and Short Paper #2 due

November 9 Chapter 12 White Collar and Organized Crime

November 14 Chapter 13 Drug Abuse and Crime

November 16 Test #3

November 21 Chapters 14 and 15 Technology

and Crime and Criminology and Social Policy and essay due

November 23 Thanksgiving Break – No class

November 28 Chapters 16 Future Directions and essay due

November 30 Discussion and student presentations

December 5 Student presentations

December 7 Student presentations

(Final Examination: 12/12/2006 10:15 – 12:15 )

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 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 .

Additional Information:

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: Discuss the five major data-gathering strategies that typify research in the field of criminology and give an example of each.


The examples should be other than those listed in the text.


 


Short Paper 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.  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.  The last page of the syllabus contains more detailed information about the essay.


 


DISCUSSION OF ESSAY:  Students will be expected to discuss their essay with the class.  Each presentation should last at least 2-3 minutes. See instructions below.


 


 


CJ 200 Essay


 


            An A paper will demonstrate an understanding of the theories chosen and assemble at least 4 sources from class readings, observations, and other sources. The paper will display the use of critical thinking skills to properly compare and contrast the two perspectives selected and utilize 3 or more evaluation perspectives in support of the perspective the writer cites as the most valid. The paper should contain no errors in terminology, discuss 5 or more key elements, and display an exceptional understanding of the elements chosen.  The paper should be in APA or MLA format, be at least 8 pages in length, and display proper grammar and no spelling errors.  Finally, the paper should contain a title page, body, bibliography with at least 4 sources, and an outline (which could also serve as the Table of Contents).


 


            A B paper will demonstrate a moderate understanding of the theories chosen and assemble at least 3 sources from class readings, observations, and other sources. The paper will display some critical thinking skills to properly compare and contrast the two perspectives selected and utilize 2-3 evaluation perspectives in support of the perspective the writer chooses as most valid. The paper should contain no more than one error in terminology, discuss at least 4 key elements and display a good understanding of the elements chosen.  The paper should be in APA or MLA format, be 6-8 pages in length, display proper grammar, and contain no more than 2 spelling errors.  Finally, the paper should contain a title page, body, bibliography with at least 3 sources, and an outline (which could also serve as the Table of Contents).


 


            A C paper will demonstrate some understanding of the theories chosen and assemble 2-3 sources from class readings, observations, and other sources. The paper will demonstrate some critical thinking skills to compare and contrast the perspective chosen and utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in support of the perspective the writer chooses as most valid. The paper should contain no more than two errors in terminology, discuss 3-4 key elements and display an understanding of the elements chosen.  The paper should be in APA or MLA format, be 4-6 pages in length, display proper grammar, and contain no more than 3 spelling errors.  Finally, the paper should contain a title page, body, and bibliography of 2-3 sources.


 


            A D paper will be less than 4 pages in length 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.  It will not be in proper format and will contain multiple grammar and spelling errors.


 


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


 


 


 


Discussion of Essay


 


 


1.                  Plan on a 2-3 minute presentation.  Allows you to discuss the major points of your essay.


 


2.         Use of visual aids (whiteboard, handouts, Power Point, overheads, etc.)         will allow you to receive maximum credit for the discussion.


 


3.         You will not receive maximum credit for merely reading parts of your paper


 


4.         The presentation is not mandatory.  If you choose not to discuss your   paper, you will not receive any points.  It is up to you.


 



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 or MLA format, is at least 8 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA or MLA 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 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact contains the following:


-Title page


-Body


-Bibliography with at least 4 sources


-outline


 
The artifact contains the following:


-Title page


-Body


-Bibliography of at least 2-3 sources


 
The artifact does not contain one or more of the following:


-Title page


-Body


-Bibliography of 1-2 sources


 
The artifact is missing most of the required elements 

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