CJ200 Criminology

for F1EE 2006

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CJ 200 Criminology


F1EE 2006 MO


Mancuso, Steven


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Valdosta State University - May 2001)
Bachelor of Science (St. Johns University - Staten Island, NY - January 1997)
Major in Criminal Justice; Minor in Security Administration

Office Location

To Be Determined

Office Hours

By Appointment



Semester Dates

August 7, 2006 - October 1, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

7:50 - 10:35 PM

Credit Hours


Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction (4th Edition)
Frank Schmalleger
Prentice Hall Publishing
ISBN: 0-13-170217-3

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Course Description:
An examination of the nature and extent of crime and theories of crimecausation, as well as the societal reaction of criminalbehavior.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructors philosophy is to create an environment which is bothenjoyable and conducive to learning. I believe that crime and criminaljustice are topics which affect each of us; thus we all bring valuableopinions and experiences to the classroom. Differences in opinion are avaluable tool, so long as they are presented constructively. Theinstructor will utilize current events and appropriate videos toreinforce the material presented in the text book and to tie thetheories and facts presented into real life.

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:
Four quizzes will be given on the dates included in this syllabus.These four quizzes will account for 90% of the final grade. Each quizwill correspond with a different section of the text. The quizzes willall be short answer questions (multiple choice; fill-in;matching).Class participation (contributing to discussion; knowledge ofassigned reading) will also be graded. Included in the classparticipation grade is the student being prepared to bring and discussone recent newspaper/magazine relating to crime or the criminal justicesystem. Current events will be discussed regularly during our class. Wewill discuss the details of this on the first night of class.

Quiz #1: 60 points(15 questions)/20% of final grade
Quiz #2: 60 points(15 questions)/20% of final grade
Quiz #3: 60 points(15 questions)/20% of final grade
Quiz #4: 100 points(25 questions)/30% of final grade
Class Participation: 20 points/10% of final grade

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are expected to be turned in by the deadline. An extensionmay be granted at the instructors discretion and only if the studentcan prove extraordinary circumstances caused the deadline to be missed.All other assignments submitted late will lose one grade level from itsactual grade for each class session it is late (ex: A paper that wouldnormally have been an "A" but was submitted one class late will becomea "B"; two classes late will be a "C", etc.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Participation and presentation of opinions is essential to a successfulclass; just maintain respect for all others and their opinions at alltimes. Be prepared and be on time. Bring your textbook with you to allclasses. Turn all cell phones and pagers to silent mode.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
August 8 – Chapter 1: What is Criminology?August 10 – Chapter 2: Patterns of CrimeAugust 15 – Chapter 3: Research Methods and Theory DevelopmentAugust 15 – Quiz #1 Chapters 1,2,3August 17 - Chapter 4: Classical and Neoclassical Thought August 22 – Chapter 5: Biological Roots of Criminal BehaviorAugust 24 – Chapter 6: Psychological and Psychiatric Foundations ofCriminal BehaviorAugust 29 – Quiz #2: Chapters 4,5,6August 31 – Chapter 7: Sociological Theories I: Social StructureSeptember 5 – Chapter 8: Sociological Theories II: Social Process and Social DevelopmentSeptember 7 – Chapter 9: Sociological Theories III: Social ConflictSeptember 12 – Quiz #3: Chapters 7,8,9September 12 – Chapter 10: Crimes against PersonsSeptember 14 – Chapter 11: Crimes against PropertySeptember 19 – Chapter 12: White-Collar and Organized CrimeSeptember 21 – Chapter 13: Drug Abuse and CrimeSeptember 26 – Chapter 14: Technology and CrimeSeptember 28 – Quiz #4: Chapters 10,11,12,13,14September 28 – Chapter 15: Criminology and Social Policy  Chapter 16: Future Directions

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

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