CJ200 Criminology

for U1G 2005

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SUMMER 1 2005

Course Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan F. Christensen

Adjunct Professor: Computer Science & Law

(701) 775-4987


THE COURSE: Semester dates: June 6, 2005 to July 31, 2005

Days: Tuesday & Thursday

Time: 7:35 p.m. to 10:05 p.m.

Prerequisites: None

3 credit hours

MISSION STATEMENTThe 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 STATEMENTPark University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An examination of the nature and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction to criminal behavior. 3:0:3

INSTRUCTOR’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: Professor Christensen’s educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in interactive learning. Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations and writing are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Welcome to CJ: 200: Criminology. The course will provide basic knowledge critical to understanding the definition of crime and it’s causation, to include the societal reaction to criminal behavior and the response and goals of the criminal justice system.


Text: Criminology and the Criminal Justice System

Author(s): Freda Adler, Gerhard O.W. Mueller, William S. Laufer

Publisher: McGrawHill

Edition: Fifth Edition

Date: 2004

ISBN: 0-07-255952-7

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. If you are absent from a class meeting, you will be required to write a two page, double spaced paper, reviewing the major topics of the chapters, highlighting the information the author(s) intended to convey, in addition to any other lab or classroom assignment, if applicable. However, legitimate absences are excusable if arrangements are made to make-up the missed work in a reasonable amount of time.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

COURSE 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, writing assignments and examinations. There will also be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance.


Students are required to read all assignments and be prepared to discuss the material in class. Students are responsible for obtaining assignments if absent and should be prepared to discuss the new assignment material during the following class. There will be quizzes and reading assignments for each section covered.

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.


Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity. In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

Was the work completed?

Was the work completed correctly?

Was the work completed on time?

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due.

Grades are determined on the following basis:

Quiz 20%

Final 30%

Mid-Term 30%

Homework 20%

Scale: 90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C

60-69 D

Below 60 F


The Instructor reserves the right to amend this Schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

TIME: 7:35 p.m. - 10:05 p.m. DATES: 2005: June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; July -4-, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27; Week 1: Class #1: Chapter 1 & 2 Class #2 : Chapter 3 & 4: Quiz #1 Week 2: Class #3: Chapter 5 & 6; Quiz #2 Class #4: Chapter 7; Quiz #3 Week 3: Class #5: Chapter 8; Quiz #4 Class #6: Chapter 9; Quiz #5 Week 4: Class #7: Chapter 10; Quiz #6 Class #8: Review & Midterm; Week 5: Class #9: Chapter 11; Class #10: Chapter 12; Quiz #7 Week 6: Class #11: Chapter 13 & 14; Quiz #8 Class #12: Chapter 15; Quiz #9 Week 7: Class #13: Chapter 16; Quiz #10 Class #14: Chapter 17; Quiz #11 Week 8: Class #15: Chapter 18; Quiz #12 Class #16: Review & FINAL EXAM HOMEWORK: Will be assigned in class.EXAMS: Both Mid term and Final may consist of True/False, fill in the blank and matching. If you miss an exam, a time must be set immediately to take the examination. QUIZZES: Quizzes may consist of True/False, fill in the blank and matching. If you miss a quiz, a time must be set immediately to take the quiz.