CJ200 Criminology

for U1T 2006

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CJ 200 Criminology


U1T 2006 DLD


Glover, Kimberley


Adjunct Faculty


BA Criminology, University of South Florida
MBA w/ concentration in Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University
Ph.D. ABD Criminal Justice, Northcentral University

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Criminology Today, An Integrative Introduction, Update, 3rd ed., by Frank Schmalleger, (Prentice Hall 2004)  ISBN: 0-13-177710-6.

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 course is the introductory course in criminology.  This course will examine why people engage in criminal behavior, based on four major schools of thought.  The four major schools of thought about why people engage in criminal behavior are: classical, biological, psychological, and sociological.

This study is NOT to find one final answer that explains all criminal behavior, but rather to explore possible explanations for different types of behavior.

From this exploration, students will have a better understanding of how and why certain social and public policies have been established, and what changes in policy should be made.

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:
Course weeks begin on Mondays and end on Sundays.  The classroom each week will open on Sunday, the day before the class officially begins.  The classroom each week will close on Tuesday, two days after the class officially ends.  You are required to enter the course discussion each week several times.  You should enter your initial responses to discussion questions posted by the instructor by Thursday morning, then enter your responses to classmates' responses by Sunday morning.  The instructor will enter responses periodically during the week.

Assignments must be posted by 12:00 midnight Sunday evening, Mountain Time, by submitting the assignment to the correct dropbox.  The instructor will grade the assignment, and submit the graded assignment with score and comments back to that dropbox.  Additional graded activities, including participation, will posted in the gradebook weekly.

For private communication with the instructor or with classmates, use e-mail.  For all other course activities, use the discussion and dropbox.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  
Online Course Policies

Each week, an online written assignment is required.  (There is no written assignment Week 8.)  Each assignment is worth a maximum of 30 points and is due by 12:00 midnight Mountain Time Sunday evening at the end of each week.  Each assignment will be graded based on the following criteria:
Was the assignment completed?
Was the assignment completed correctly?
Was the assignment completed on time?
Each week, participation is required.  Initial participation in the week's discussion is required by Thursday morning, with followup discussion required by Sunday morning.  Each week's participation is worth 40 points (20 points for responses to instructor's opening questions and 20 points for responses to classmates' postings).  Participation will be graded based on the following criteria:
Did the student respond to the instructor's opening questions?
Did the student respond to the postings of classmates?
Did the student respond on time?
Did the student in his/her responses demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter covered in the questions?
Each week, an online quiz must be completed.  The quiz may be taken multiple times.  Each quiz consists of 10 questions, with 2 points for each question, totaling 20 points for each quiz.  The Week 1 Quiz is only 5 questions, with 2 points for each question, totaling 10 points for the Week 1 Quiz.
There will be three group assignments:  Weeks 2, 4, & 6.  The instructor will assign you to groups.  Each group member may earn up to 30 points for each of the three group activities.
Submission of Late Work: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will not be accepted.
Proctored final examination:
A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  The proctored final exam for this course is worth 310 points.
Other information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will not be accepted.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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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