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CJ 200 Criminology
Eisberner, Brent G.


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Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

S2I 2009 EMD

Faculty

Eisberner, Brent G.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA-Criminal Justice

Office Location

05-40-2-L

Office Hours

0800-1900

E-Mail

brent.eisberner@park.edu

brent.eisberner1@fort-mchenry.usmc.mil

Semester Dates

15Aug2009-18Dec2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Introduction to Criminology: Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior
Edition: 6th 08
Author: Hagan, Frank E.

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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:

My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:
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. 

Grading:

Discussion/Participation- 50 points
Midterm                       - 100 points
Final                             -100 points
Core Assessment Paper- 250 points
Total                             - 500 points
 

Points

Grade

451 - 500

A

401 - 450

B

351 - 400

C

301 - 350

D

below 301

F

 
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late materials will not be accepted

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to engage with one another in a manner that is professional and respectful.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

WEEK ONE:  TBD

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 1 Crime and Criminology
  • Chapter 2 The Nature and Extent of Crime

Week 1 Assignment Checklist

  • Read through the syllabus  

Now start on Week One work:

  • Read chapters 1 & 2 in the text (pages 1-51)
  • View the Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 PowerPoints
  • Read through this week's Lecture
  • Read over the Paper Assignment instructions (due in Week 6).

WEEK TWO: 

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 4 Choices and Theories
  • Chapter 5 Trait Theories

Week 2 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 4 & 5 in the text
  • View the Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 PowerPoints
  • Read through week two's Lecture
  • Work on your paper assignment instructions (due in Week 6).

WEEK THREE: 

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 6 Social Structure Theories
  • Chapter 7 Social Process Theories

Week 2 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 6 & 7 in the text
  • View the Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 PowerPoints
  • Read through week three's Lecture
  • Work on your paper assignment instructions (due in Week 6).

WEEK FOUR: 

This week we will be covering:

  • Reviewing of chapter 1 through 7

Week 4 Assignment Checklist

  • Read through week four's lecture
  • Review Chapters 1 through 7
  • Midterm has to be completed this week
  • Prepare an outline of the Core Assessment Paper (due week 6) and develop the thesis statement

WEEK FIVE: 

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 8 Social Structure Theories
  • Chapter 9 Social Process Theories

Week 5 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 8 & 9 in the text
  • View the Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 PowerPoints
  • Read through week five's lecture
  • Work on your paper assignment  (due in Week 6).

WEEK SIX: 

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 10 Violent Crime
  • Chapter 11 Property Crime

Week 6 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 10 & 11 in the text
  • View the Chapter 10 and Chapter 11 PowerPoints
  • Read through week six's lecture
  • Paper assignment is due.

WEEK SEVEN: 

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 12 Enterprise Crime: White-Collar and Organized Crime
  • Chapter 13 Public Order Crime

Week 7 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 12 & 13 in the text
  • View the Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 PowerPoints
  • Read through week seven's lecture
  • Review for proctored final week 8

WEEK EIGHT: 

This week we will be covering:

  • Review all materials covered

Week 8 Assignment Checklist

  • Read through week eight's lecture  
  • Proctored final week 8

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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