SYLLABUS Course Number: CJ 200
Course Title: Criminology
Instructor: Scott Graves, M.A.
Term Dates: Spring I
Meeting Time: Tues/Thurs1940-2210
Resident Center: FTBL
I. COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is an examination of the nature and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction to criminal behavior.
II. GOALS OF THE COURSE
The course is designed to present information describing the nature and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction to criminal behavior. The course is designed to develop in students a working knowledge of crime and the extent of crime and many of the theories surrounding crime causation and its effects. An overview basis of the law as it relates to social norms and folkways and the empirical relationships of criminal behavior to socio-demographic variables will be explored. The instructor will serve as your facilitator and will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning processes.
III. LEARNING OBJECTIVES
1) Students will be able to define crime and the extent of crime. 2) Students will know what crime trends and patterns are and understand how people fall victim to crime and who how to define likely victims. 3) Students will learn how criminal law developed and the basic elements of crimes and be able to define criminology. 4) Students will learn the scientific approach to criminology, social influences that affect crime, and the causation theories of crime.
IV. COURSE ARRANGEMENT
The course will be primarily student presentation and lecture driven and contain spirited class discussion, handouts, student-oral presentation of chapter topics, mid-term and final examinations and six quizzes.
V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
All indicated reading assignments should be completed prior to class. Students should be prepared to engage in thoughtful and provoking discussions. Mid-term examination and final examination, as well student-oral presentation of a selected topic with at least one visual aid, that will be conducted by each student/student group (depending on class size).
VI. TEXTBOOK LIST
Adler, Freda, et al, Criminology and the Criminal Justice System, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill
VII. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS
Any articles or reference material that is relevant to the subject of study.
VIII. CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
Week 1 Class administration, Chapter 1, Overview of Criminology, lecture
and class discussion. Group (or individual) arrangement and assignment of topics for student presentation in class.
Class administration, Chapter 2,3, Measuring crime and criminal behavior patterns, Schools of thought throughout history, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion.
Week 2 Class administration, Chapter 4,5, Psychological and biological perspectives, Strain and cultural deviance theories, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Quiz 1.
Class administration, Chapter 7,8, Social control theory, Labeling, conflict, and radical theories, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion.
Week 3 Class administration, Chapter 9, Targets and victims of crime, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Quiz 2.
Class administration, Chapter 10, The concept of crime, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Review for mid-term. Quiz 3.
Week 4 Class administration, Chapter 11, Violent crimes, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Mid-term examination.
Class administration, Chapter 12, Crimes against property, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion.
Week 5 Class administration, Chapter 13, Organizational criminality, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Quiz 4.
Class administration, Chapter 14, Public order crimes, Student
presentation, lecture and class discussion.
Week 6 Class administration, Chapter 15, Comparative criminology, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Quiz 5.
Class administration, Chapter 16, Processes and Decisions, Student
presentation, lecture and class discussion.
Week 7 Class administration. Chapter 17, Enforcing the law: Practice and research. Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Quiz 6.
Class administration. Chapter 18, The nature and functioning of courts Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Review for final exam.
Week 8 Class administration, Final Exam.
Class administration. Review of Final Examination, Chapter19, A research focus on Corrections. Student presentation, lecture and class discussion.
IX. CLASS POLICIES
Students are expected to read the assigned textbook chapters and to be familiar with their chapter content before each class session. Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated. Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing. Absences should be kept to a minimum. If an absence is necessary then students will receive a point deduction for the missed class, unless make up work, to be determined by the instructor, is completed. Make-up work may include detailed written summaries of chapters or completion of review questions or definitions at the end of chapters, or any other class-related assigned task. Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence. Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action.
X. GRADING POLICY
Mid-Term Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%
Student/Group-Oral Presentations 10%
Quizzes (5pts X 6 each) 30%