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CJ 200 Criminology
Ouderkirk, Bert


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Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

F2T 2007 DL

Faculty

Ouderkirk, Bert

Title

Senior Adjunct Faculty Member

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. Criminal Justice Administration
Masters in Forensic Science
Masters in Organizational Management

Office Location

ONLINE

Office Hours

24/7 YOU NEED ME YOU CALL ME

Daytime Phone

602-430-4702

Other Phone

480-785-1951

E-Mail

bert.ouderkirk@park.edu

inlyzbldcj@aol.com

Semester Dates

22 OCT - 16 DEC 2007

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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

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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. 

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:

For CJ200, all students will complete an essay, 6-8 pages (1,500 to 2,000 words) in length (excluding the cover sheet and bibliography pages) which compares and contrasts two of the theories of crime and criminal activity discussed in the course. You are free to select the theories you wish to examine. It is also acceptable to compare or contrast theories from different disciplines. In other words, you may choose to compare one of the sociological theories with a similar perspective in the psychological theories. Your essay should consider the historical foundations of the study of criminal behavior; and examine ways in which society responds to criminal behavior in terms of prevention and punishment. The paper should be written in APA format and have at least four sources, three of which should be sources not covered in the course. The essay should contain a title page, an outline, and a bibliography.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

You will be graded on your weekly discussions, homework, final exam and term paper. 
 
Weekly discussions will include real world criminology topics.  They will discuss numerous theories that have been and are being researched pertaining to why people participate in criminal activity.  You will be graded on your research of these topics and your comments to your classmates.  Please see the grading scale on class participation for number of responses required for maximum and minimum required participation. 
 
Homework assignments will build on the discussion topics presented and will require additional outside research.  You will be graded on your answering of the questions posed to you.  There is no set format for the questions to be submitted in...however, you must use an outside resource other than your textbook to conduct your research.  You may use the text but must have an additional reference.  Failure to use another outside source will result in a 10 pt deduction on that assignment.  THIS IS NON-NEGOTIABLE...college study requires research. 
 
Your final exam will consist of 20 multiple choice questions worth 3 pts each and 2 essay questions worth 50 pts each.  A study guide will be provided and posted in the announcements at the beginning of Week 7.  The final exam is open handwritten notes only.  Do not attempt to take typed notes into the test as your proctor has been instructed to not allow them. 

Grading:

GRADING IS AS FOLLOWS:
 
WEEKLY DISCUSSION:  40 PTS EA WEEK AS FOLLOWS
IF YOU RESPOND ONLY:    10
YOUR'S + 1 TO A CLASSMATE:   16
YOUR'S + 2 TO CLASSMATES:   22
YOUR'S + 3 TO CLASSMATES:   28
YOUR'S + 4 TO CLASSMATES:   34
YOUR'S + 5 TO CLASSMATES:   40
 
WEEKLY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS:  DO NOT SUBMIT AS AN ATTACHMENT...TYPE DIRECTLY INTO THE DROP BOX MESSAGE WINDOW.  YOU MUST HAVE AN ADDITIONAL REFERENCE OTHER THAN YOUR TEXTBOOK.  YOUR REFERENCE MUST BE LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POSTING WITH A LINE SKIPPED BETWEEN THE INFORMATION AND THE REFERENCE.  FAILURE TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL REFERENCE WILL RESULT IN A 10 PT DEDUCTION FROM THAT ASSIGNMENT.  EACH HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH 20 PTS.
 
FINAL EXAM:  160 PTS
20 MULTIPLE CHOICE WORTH 3 PTS EACH
2 ESSAY WORTH 50 PTS EACH
 
TERM PAPER (CORE ASSESSMENT ASSIGNMENT) (WORTH 36% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE) 
SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS ON THE TOPIC!
DUE END OF WEEK 7 (SUNDAY)
 
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED EXCEPT ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.  IF YOU ARE GOING TO SUBMIT LATE WORK YOU MUST LET ME KNOW VIA EMAIL AND STATE THE REASON WHY.  IT WILL BE THE INSTRUCTOR'S DISCRETION ON WHETHER OR NOT I WILL ACCEPT THE REASON.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please treat all of your classmates with respect and dignity.  Respect each other's comments.  You may disagree with a classmate but please state your comments tactfully. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This is an online course. To view your graded assignments go to your gradebook.  The final exam will be sent to your proctor during week 6. FAILURE TO PROVIDE A PROCTOR FORM TO ME BY THE END OF WEEK 6 WILL RESULT IN NO FINAL EXAM BEING SENT TO YOUR PROCTOR WHICH MEANS YOU WILL NOT PASS THE COURSE. THERE IS NO GRACE PERIOD ON THE SUBMISSION OF THE PROCTOR FORM SO....DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. A STUDENT FAILED THE COURSE LAST TERM BECAUSE THEY DID NOT GET THE FORM IN ON TIME.
 
THE FOLLOWING IS A BREAKDOWN OF EACH WEEK, THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS AND  READING ASSIGNMENTS:
 
WEEK 1:  
DISCUSSION TOPIC:  PUBLIC HEALTH & ADOLESCENT MOTHERHOOD
ASSIGNMENT:  RESEARCH AND PAPER ON DISCUSSION TOPIC
READING:  CHAPTERS 1,2,3
 
WEEK 2: 
DISCUSSION TOPIC:  THE CLASSICAL SCHOOL OF CRIMINOLOGY
ASSIGNMENT:  RESEARCH AND PAPER ON DISCUSSION TOPIC
READING:  CHAPTER 4
 
WEEK 3: 
DISCUSSION TOPIC:  THE BIOLOGICAL (POSITIVIST) AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SCHOOLS OF CRIMINOLOGY 
ASSIGNMENT:  RESEARCH AND PAPER ON DISCUSSION TOPIC
READING:  CHAPTERS 5 & 6
 
WEEK 4: 
DISCUSSION TOPIC:  THE SOCIOLOGICAL SCHOOL
ASSIGNMENT:  RESEARCH AND PAPER ON DISCUSSION TOPIC
READING:  CHAPTERS 7,8,9
 
WEEK 5: 
DISCUSSION TOPIC:  CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS AND CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY 
ASSIGNMENT:  RESEARCH AND PAPER ON DISCUSSION TOPIC
READING:  CHAPTERS 10 & 11
 
WEEK 6: 
DISCUSSION TOPIC:  WHITE COLLAR CRIME 
ASSIGNMENT:  RESEARCH AND PAPER ON DISCUSSION TOPIC
READING:  CHAPTERS 12 & 13
 
WEEK 7: 
DISCUSSION TOPIC:  TECHNOLOGY & CRIME AND GUN CONTROL 
ASSIGNMENT:  RESEARCH AND PAPER ON DISCUSSION TOPIC
ESSAY PAPER DUE
READING:  CHAPTERS 14 & 15
 
WEEK 8: 
DISCUSSION TOPIC:  FUTURE OF CRIME 
ASSIGNMENT:  RESEARCH AND PAPER ON DISCUSSION TOPIC
READING:  CHAPTER 16
FINAL EXAM

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact assembles at least 4 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles at least 2-3 sources from class readings, observations, and other resources The artifact assembles 2 or fewer sources from only one resource The artifact does not utilize proper resources 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact will display the use of at least 4 outside sources and the ability to properly compare and contrast the two perspectives. The artifact will display the use of at least 2-3 outside sources and the ability to compare and contrast the two perspectives. The artifact will display the use of fewer than 2 outside sources and show little ability to compare and contrast the two perspectives. The artifact does not display an ability to compare and contrast the two perspectives 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 3 or more evaluation perspectives in support of the perspective they cite as most valid The artifact demonstrates the student's ability to utilize 2 evaluation perspectives in support of the perspective they cite as most valid The artifact contains 1 evaluation perspective in support of the perspective they cite as most valid Evaluation is not present in the artifact 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The artifact contains no errors in terminology The artifact contains 1-2 errors in terminology The artifact contains 3-4 errors in terminology The artifact contains 5 or more errors in terminology 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact discusses more than 5 key elements and displays an exceptional understanding of the elements chosen The artifact discusses 4 key elements and displays an understanding of the elements chosen The artifact discusses fewer than 4 key elements and displays little understanding of the elements chosen The artifact does not discuss key elements 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact shows little and unsatisfactory use of terminology and concepts throughout the paper The artifact fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The artifact is in APA format, is at least 8 pages in length, and displays proper grammar and no spelling errors The artifact is in APA format, is at least 5-7 pages in length, displays proper grammar and no more than 2 spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and 2 or more spelling errors The artifact is not in a proper format, contains multiple grammar errors, and multiple spelling errors 

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