CJ 200 Criminology
F1T 2007 DLC
MBA in Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University
Criminology Today, An Integrative
Introduction, 4th edition, by Frank Schmalleger (Pearson Prentice Hall
2006) ISBN 0-13-170210-6. No CD/DVD required.
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Educational Philosophy: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, examinations, websites, and dialogue through the threaded discussion.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment: A variety of methods will be used to assess the
learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on
their class participation, performance on quizzes and/or examination,
essay and/or paper writing. There will also be opportunities to work
in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group
Discussions: Students are expected to participate in the threaded discussions a minimum of three times per week. Your first post should be made by midnight on Wednesday, with two follow up posts made by midnight on Sunday. Your posts should be substantial and demonstrate your knowledge of the topic.
Written Assignments: Written assignments are to be submitted in Word or Rich Text Format. WordPerfect files will not be accepted. On average, your papers should be approximately two double-spaced pages. Please be sure to use proper spelling, grammar, and write in complete sentences.
Core Assessment: The core assessment in this course is the essay paper indicated above. This core assessment will be taken in week 8 of the course and is worth 20% of your final grade.
Grading: All assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Time each Sunday.Course
grades are determined on the following allocation of points:
Threaded Discussion 30%
Written Assignments 25%
Final examination 25%
Core Assessment Essay 20%
Point accumulation for grades:
900-1000 points A
800-899 points B
700-799 points C
600-699 points D
0-599 points F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work is not accepted unless prevously authorized by the facilitator.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: PARTICIPATION: Participation in the threaded discussions is an integral part of this course. It is expected that the student will post an original and thorough response to the questions posed by midnight on Wednesday. In addition, the student will return to the discussions and post a minimum of two additional posts in response to their classmates by midnight on Sunday.
ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments are to be submitted to the dropbox by midnight on Sunday. Assignments will be graded and returned to your dropbox by midnight on Wednesday by your instructor.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week 1 - Introductions and Basic Concepts - text chapters 1-3
Week 2 - Classical & Biological Schools of Crime Causation - text chapters 4 & 5
Week 3 - Psychological & Social Structure Schools of Crime Causation - text chapters 6 & 7
Week 4 - Social Process & Social Conflict Schools of Crime
Causation & Mid-Term Examination (open book, open note) - text
chapters 8 & 9
Week 5 - Crimes against Persons & Property - text chapters 10 & 11
Week 6 - Modern Crimes (White-Collar, Organized Crime, Drug Abuse, Technology) - text chapters 12-14
Week 7 - Responding to Criminal Behavior - text chapters 15 & 16
Week 8 - Review & Final Examination (closed book, closed note)
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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.
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