CJ200 Criminology

for U1LL 2006

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CJ 200 Criminology


U1LL 2006 LR


Larkins, Douglas R.






Semester Dates

22 May - 9 July 2006

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours


Criminology Today;   4th Edition by Frank Schmalleger; ISBN:  0-13-170217-3

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:
This instructor's philosophy is one of interaction with students.  Additional lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, videos and a research paper is required.

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:

Class Assessment:
Three section examinations and a research paper are required.
Each section test is worth 20% of the final grade with the research paper worth 40% of the final grade.

Students are required to meet the minimal standards set for a formal class of this standing.  I.e. the minimal score of 70% on a 100 point scale.  The following is a breakdown on grading procedures:

Section 1 Examination 20% of your final grade
Section 2 Examination 20 % of your final grade
Section 3 Examination 20% of your final grade
Term Paper 40% of your final grade

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 – 79% = C
60 – 69% = D
Below 60% = F (or e or more unexcused absences)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments must be submitted on time

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of Conduct will be discussed on the first night of class.  Expectations concerning participation and facility regulations will also be covered.

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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