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CJ 200 Criminology
Johnson, Jerome


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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

S2B 2008 BL

Faculty

Johnson, Jerome

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

BS, MA

Office Location

Classroom

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(915) 525-1601

E-Mail

Jerome.Johnson@park.edu

DJDJ1055@aol.com

Semester Dates

March 18 to May 8

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Schmalleger, Frank. (2006). Criminology Today: An Intergrative Introduction, 4th Ed., Pearson Printice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, ISBN: 0-13-170210-6.

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Additional Resources:
To be discussed in class.  On occasion the instructor will refer students to supplemental reading material, case studies, and current newspaper articles.

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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.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lecture, class discussion/participation, regarding current events in the news and in news articles.  The emphasis will be to challenge the adult learner to engage and explore a myriad of ideas and issues regarding crime and criminal behavior, including causes, legal apsects and controls.
 
The instructor's approach to education is to emphasize and broaden the student's critical thinking skills and for the student to be able to articulate his or her ideas in written form and through public speaking.  The instructor will use lectures, class room discussions, group activities, and supplemental readings to facilitate learning.  Student performance expectations:
 
1. The instructor assumes the student has read and understands the syllabus and expects the students to ask questions if any aspect of the course requirements are unclear.
 
2. Students are expected to demonstrate that they are meeting course objectives by attending class, actively participating in class discussions, submitting all written work in a timely manner, prepared to discuss oral presentations by due date, and being in class for scheduled examinations.
 
3. Students are assigned readings from the required text in advance of each class meeting and are expected to be prepared for 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:

Assessment of learning will be through tests, class room discussions, a term paper and presentation.  During the course of the term, the students will be given one mid-term exam and one final exam.  The exam will consist of multiple choice and essay type questions.  Each student will also be required to write a term paper as described in the core assessment.  The term paper will be written in APA format. Finally, the student will be required to make a presentation to the class to discuss the topic or his/her term paper.
 
 

Grading:

One mid-term exam                                    @ 35%      35 points
One Final exam                                           @ 35%      35 points
Presentation/Paper                                      @ 20%      20 points
Class participation @ 10% or  
quizzes @ 5% and class participation 5%     @10%       10 points
                                                                   Total         100 points
 
 
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 determing grades on written work, major factors to be considered include whether or not the assignment was completed accurately and in a timely manner.
 
Core Assessment Assignment:  The term paper will be the core assessment assignment.  To successfully complete the core assessment assignment, you will need to prepare the essay as indicated in the syllabus.  The essays will be presented to the instructor via hardcopy and by email on the date of your scheduled oral presentation to the class.  The term paper will represent 20% of the course grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work missed due to military or work related absences must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.  Work missed because of any other absences or work turned in late will not be accepted.  It is your responsibility to meet all deadlines and to turn in completed work when it is due.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class members will treat each other with respect and dignity.  Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson.  Excused absences must be approved in advance of the specific class to be missed.  Cell phones must be set to manner mode during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Tu - 3/18 - Introduction, class expectations, administrative issues
Th - 3/20 - Ch. 1- What is Criminology, Ch. 2- Patterns of Crime
Tu - 3/25 - Ch. 3 - Research Methods and Theory Development
Th - 3/27 - Ch. 4 - Classical and Neoclassical Thought
Tu - 4/1   - Ch. 5 - Biological Roots of Criminal Behavior
Th - 4/3   - Ch. 6 - Psychological and Psychiatric Foundations of Criminal Behavior
               -  Ch. 7 - Sociological Theories I: Social Structure
Tu - 4/8   - Ch. 8 - Socialogical Theories II: Social Process and Social Development
               -  Review for mid-term exam (Chs. 1-8)   
Th - 4/10 - Mid-Term Exam
Tu - 4/15 - Ch. 9 - Sociological Theories III Social Conflict
                  Ch. 10 - Crimes Against Persons   (Presentations Start)
Th - 4/17 - Ch. 11 - Crimes Against Property, Ch 12 - White Collar and Organized Crime  (Presentations)
Tu - 4/22 - Ch. 13 - Drug Abuse and Crime, Ch 14 - Technology and Crime  (Presentations)
Th - 4/24 - Ch. 15 - Criminology and Social Policy  (Presentations)
Tu - 4/29 - Ch. 16 - Future Directions  (Presentations end)
Th - 5/1  -  Ch. 16 - Review for Final Exam
Tu - 5/6  - Final Exam  (Chs. 9-16)
Th - 5/8  - Review of final grades with students
 
 

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 .

Additional Information:
None



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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