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CJ 200 Criminology
Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.


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Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

FA 2007 HOA

Faculty

Hamilton, John R.,, Jr.

Title

Assistant Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

Mackay 20C

Office Hours

MWF 11:30-12:30; TR 11:30-1:00

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6302

Other Phone

pager (816) 247-2533

E-Mail

john.hamilton@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 20, 2007-December 15, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Schmalleger, Frank. Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction 4th ed., Pearson-Prentice Hall Publications. ISBN 0-13-170210-6

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Course Description:
This basic course provides an examination of the nature and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction to criminal behavior will be covered in this class. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
 

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

 

 

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:
 

Assessment of learning will be through tests, quizzes, exercises, papers, and presentations.          

Grading:
 

            Three tests                                         300 points                              33%

            Comprehensive final                            100                                        11%   

            Essay                                                 250                                        29%

            Short papers (50 pts. Each)               100                                        11%

            Discussion of essay                             50                                          5%   

           Class participation                             100                                        11%

                        TOTAL                               900    

 

In computing grades, the following scale will be used; however, the instructor reserves the right to make adjustments: a="90-100"%, b="80-89"%, c="70-79"%, d="60-69"%, f="less" than 60%. In determining grades on papers, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed correctly and in a timely manner. Ten points will be deducted for papers submitted late, and up to five points will be added for papers submitted prior to the due date.

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Assignments should be turned in on or before the due on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence. The instructor must be notified (phone, e-mail, or pager) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused. Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date. Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The instructor may amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

 

 

August 21 Introduction to the class

 

August 23 Chapter 1 What is Criminology?

 

August 28 Chapter 2 Patterns of Crime

 

August 30 Chapter 2

 

September 4 Chapter 3 Research Methods and Theory Development

 

September 6 Chapter 3

 

September 11 Chapter 4 Classical and Neoclassical Thought

 

September 13 Chapter 4

 

September 18 Test #1

 

September 20 Chapter 5 Biological Roots of Criminal Behavior

 

September 25 Chapter 5 Biological Roots of Criminal Behavior and Short Paper #1 due

 

September 27 Chapter 6 Psychological and Psychiatric

 

Foundations of Criminal Behavior

 

October 2 Chapter 6

 

October 4 Chapter 7 Sociological Theories I: Social Structure

 

October 9 Chapter 7

 

October 11 Test #2

 

October 16 Fall Break –no class

 

October 18 Fall Break –no class

 

October 23 Chapter 8 Sociological Theories II: Social Process

 

and Development

 

October 25 Chapter 8

 

October 30 Chapter 9 Sociological Theories III: Social Conflict

 

November 1 Chapter 10 Crimes against Persons

 

November 6 Chapter 11 Crimes against Property

 

and Short Paper #2 due

 

November 8 Chapter 12 White Collar and Organized Crime

 

November 13 Chapter 13 Drug Abuse and Crime

 

November 15 Test #3

 

November 20 Chapters 14 and 15 Technology

 

and Crime and Criminology and Social Policy and essay due

 

November 22 Thanksgiving Break –No class

 

November 27 Chapters 16 Future Directions

 

November 29 Discussion and student presentations

 

December 4 Student presentations

 

December 6 Student presentations

 

 

(Final Examination: 12/11/2007 10:15-12:15 )

 

 

SHORT PAPERS: The short papers should be 2-3 pagers in length and computer generated. These are NOT major research papers but rather essays answering topics covered in the course. As with any writing, however, where the word or ideas of others are used, appropriate citation of the source is required. The topics are as follows:

 

Short Paper 1: Discuss the five major data-gathering strategies that typify research in the field of criminology and give an example of each.

 

The examples should be other than those listed in the text.

 

 

Short Paper 2: The textbook emphasizes social problems versus social responsibility themes. Explain which theoretical perspectives best support the social problems approach and which best support the social responsibility approach. Which theme is currently popular? Why?

 

 

ESSAY: The essay should compare and contrast at least two of the theories discussed in Chapters 5-9 of the textbook. 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. The paper will be discussed more during the first two weeks of class. The last page of the syllabus contains more detailed information about the essay.

 

 

DISCUSSION OF ESSAY: Students will be expected to discuss their essay with the class. Each presentation should last at least 2-3 minutes.

 

 

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.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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 .



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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