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CJ 200 Criminology
Girvin, Ralph


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Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

F2B 2009 BL

Faculty

Girvin, Ralph

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. English and American Literature
J.D. Saint Mary's School of Law

Office Location

Fort Bliss, Texas

Office Hours

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. T/TH

Daytime Phone

915-356-8114

Other Phone

915-564-5803 ext. 618

E-Mail

Ralph.Girvin@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org/

Semester Dates

October 20, 2009 - December 10, 2009

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 
Criminology Today, 4th Ed, Frank Schmalleger, 2006
ISBN: 0131702106

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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:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based upon lectures, readings, examinations.

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. Examine criminal motivations and crime frequencies
  2. Recognize ethnic and racial perspectives on crime
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:

The course requires the student to be proficient in reading and writing the English language at the college level.

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.
 WORTH 200 POINTS.
 
All papers will be submitted on parkonline.org in the provided "dropbox" where the paper can be uploaded in MS Word format.
 
Exam I -- 50 points
Exam II -- 50 points
Final Exam--100 points
Research Paper --200 points (CORE ASSESSMENT)
Paricipation in Ecompanion - 100 points
 
TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS:  500

Grading:

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS:  500
 
450 to 500 points = A
400 to 449 points = B
350 to 399 points = C
300 to 349 points = D
Below 300 points = F 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work is not accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to read the assigned textbook chapters and to be familiar with their chapter content before each class session.  Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated.  Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing.  Absences should be kept to a minimum.  If an absence is necessary then students will receive a letter grade deduction from the final score whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  Leveling work for absences may include detailed written summaries of chapters or completion of review questions or definitions at the end of chapters, or any other class-related assigned task as determined by the instructor.  Late class work will not be accepted.  Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence.  Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week One: 
Tuesday October 20th

1-Introduction, Chapter 1, Overview of Criminology, lecture  and class discussion. Review of syllabus and requirements. Discussion of course project and other course work and expectations. DISCUSSION OF CORE ASSESSMENT: RESEARCH PAPER AS INDICATED ABOVE. TOPIC SELECTION MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS AND APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR.   

Thursday October 22nd

2- Session 2:  Chapter 2 Patterns of crime and criminal behavior patterns, lecture and class discussion. Discussion of essay topics Discussion of course project and other course work and assignments, to include due dates.
 
Week Two: 
 
Tuesday October 27th

1- Chapter 3 Research methods and theory development.  Discussion of expectation of examinations and Ecompanion participation  

Thursday October 29th

2- Chapter 4 Classical and neoclassical thought.  Review for Exam I.
Week Three:
 
Tuesday November 3rd

1- 1st Examination, Chapters 1-4. 

Thursday November 5th

2- Chapters 5 and 6, Biological roots of criminal behavior and  Psychological and psychiatric foundations of criminal behavior. 

Week Four: 
Tuesday November 10th

1- Chapter 7, Sociological theories I, Social structure.

Thursday November 12th

2- Chapter 8, Sociological theories II, Social process and social development, lecture and class discussion.  Strain theory will be explored from the perspective of Durkheim and Merton.
Week Five:
 
Tuesday November 17th
 
1- Chapter 9, Sociological theories III, Social conflict,
2. Thursday November 19th  2nd Exam Chapters 5-9
 
Week Six:
 
Tuesday November 24th
1. Chapter 10, Crimes against persons. Specific violent crimes will be reviewed and an examination of motivations will be conducted.  Chapter 11, Crimes against property. Common motivations for committing property crime will be probed and a distinction will be made between professional property thieves and situational novices. 
 
2.  Thanksgiving Holiday November 26th - No Class
 
Week Seven:
 
Tuesday  December 1st
 
1-  Chapter 12, White collar and organized crime and Chapter 13, Drug abuse and crime. Wednesday November 26
 
Thursday December 3rd

2- Chapter 14, Technology and crime, lecture and class discussion. Presentations and Final Exam Review.  

Week Eight:

Tuesday December 8th:
1. FINAL DRAFT OF TERM PAPER DUE THIS SESSION. Comprehensive Final Exam on Chapters 1-14.  

2-Wednesday December 10th  . Review of Final Examination, Chapters 15 and 16, Future directions.  Feedback Session, review of students' final grade. 

 

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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