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CJ 200 Criminology
DeAngelis, George A.


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Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

F1N 2008 SM

Faculty

DeAngelis, George A.

Title

Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

george.deangelis@park.edu

Office Hours

contact 915-240-7694

Daytime Phone

915.240.7694

E-Mail

george.deangelis@pirate.park.edu

geoangel2000@yahoo.com

Web Page

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Semester Dates

19 August-October 2, 2008

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
CRIMINOLOGY TODAY 4th Edition
Schmalleger, Frank

Prentice Hall 2006

ISBN 0-13-170210-6

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Course Description:
CJ200 Criminology: 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:
Your instructor's educational philosophy is based upon lectures, examinations, research from web sites, writings from outside sources and dialog with students. Assignments are intended to encourage a thoughtful exploration of ideas and application of information provided during the course. Contradictory thoughts are encouraged as part of the learning process.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and analyze the causes and theories of law enforcement in the line of duty deaths
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:

 

There will be four quizzes valued at 20% of the total grade. In addition, there will be a mid-term and final examination valued at 25% each. Additionally, each student will be required to complete a research paper, also known as the core assessment, valued at 20 points.  Detail information concerning the project will be discussed in class. Attendance and participation will factor 10% of the total grade. Additional class work may also be assigned during the term as per the discretion of the facilitator.

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Grading:
The grading scale is as follows: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59.

Mid Term Exam 25%

Final Exam  25%

Course Core Project 20%

Four Quizzes  20%

Participation & Attend  10%

Each student is responsible for:

Completing weekly reading assignments

Completing research paper (core assessment)

Completing 4 quizzes

Completing a proctored mid-term and final examination

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will be penalized 5 points ( lowered one letter grade for each class session it is late)

Quizzes missed due to absence or tardiness will  not be made up regardless of excuse

Examination missed as a result of excused absence can be rescheduled within one week after the regularly scheduled exam date

Examination missed as a result of unexcused absence will be recorded as an "F"

There will be no examination retakes

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

First and foremost, this is not an on-line class. Therefore, students who cannot commit to attending this class as scheduled should not enroll. Students are expected to attend class on time and to remain for the entire period. Continuous tardiness will impact attendance grade. Leaving class early must be approved by the facilitator in order to receive attendance credit. Students must realize that due to the compressed schedule, class time is critical. Continued tardiness of 30 minutes or more will be cause for marking the student absent for that class period. Determination of what is an excused or unexcused absence remains with the discretion of the facilitator as per Park University policies. (see below) Students who miss the first day of class will miss important information about the class format, syllabus, text, exams, and project. This information will not be repeated due to limited class time. However, it will be their responsibility to become familiar with this information. Students who are disruptive, abusive, rude, or unruly towards any student, guest, or faculty will be removed from the class. Rude conducts towards the instructor includes doing homework, reading a book (other than the text) or newspaper, sleeping, or continuously leaving class to answer cell phone. Prohibited conduct is also cause for dismissal from the class. Such conduct includes plagiarism and dishonesty (in any manner or degree). Both will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Aug.19 (Week 1)
Course orientation, Chapter 1 Introduction to Criminology, Assign required reading: The Criminal Justice System: Why You Should Care
Aug.21
Chapter 2 The Measure of Crime & Its Impact
 
Aug.26 (Week 2)
Chapter 4 Early Explanation of Criminal Behavior & Their Counterparts
Aug.28
Quiz #1
Chapter 5 Biological & Psychological Theories of Criminal Behavior
 
Sept.02 (Week 3)
Chapter 6 Sociological Theories of Criminal Behavior: The Social Structural Approach
Sept. 04
Quiz #2
Chapter 7 Sociological Theories of Criminal Behavior: The social Process Approach
Review for MT Exam
Reading Assignment: Criminological Psychology in 21st Century (due Sept.16th)
 
Sept.09 (Week 4)
MT Exam Chapters 1,2,4-7
Sept. 11
Chapter 8 Violent Crime, Serial Murders, and Video Presentation
 
Sept.16 (Week 5)
Discussion: Criminolgical Psychology in 21st Century, Video Presentation
Sept.18
Chapter 10 Property Crime
 
Sept.23 (Week6)
Quiz #3
Chapter 12 Business & Government Related Crimes
Chapter 13 Drug Abuse & Organized Crime
Sept.25
Research Papers Due
Chapter 14 The Confinement of Offenders
Chapter 15 Corrections in the Community
 
Sept.30 (Week 7)
Quiz #4
Chapter 16 Criminology & Social Policy
Review for final exam
Oct.02
Final Exam Chapters 8,10,12,13,14,15,&16
 
 
 

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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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