CJ200 Criminology

for F1B 2006

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CJ 200 Criminology


F1B 2006 BL


Graves, Scott W.


Senior Instructor


B.S., M.A.

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

915-564-5803 Ext 645





Semester Dates

Fall I, Fort Bliss Campus

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours


As determined by the Fort Bliss Campus

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
To be distributed in class.

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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:
All humans should engage in a life-long pursuit of learning and obtain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of your chosen discipline.  To that end, I work intensively to present you with the thinkers of our discipline and challenge you to absorb their academic views and develop your own, unique view.  I emphasize that students engage in critical thinking and dare to challenge the status quo of conventional wisdom.  Students should be prepared to engage in lively debate and a passionate pursuit of knowledge and personal academic development.

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:

6 Quizzes

Mid-term and final examinations

Student presentations


Mid-term   30%

Final          30%

Quizzes     6 at 5 points each (30%)

Presentation  10%

Total 100%


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work is not accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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 letter grade deduction from the final score whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  Leveling work for absences 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 as determined by the instructor.  Late class work will not be accepted.  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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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.

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 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 "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 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 .


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