Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Students are encouraged to read other materials dealing with criminology, and the instructor will introduce other information of relevance.
Course Description: An examination of the nature and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction of criminal behavior. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: Students will gain information through class lecture, and be expected to read the text. Students are also encouraged to read any other materials available. The instructor will introduce other information and students are encouraged to participate in discussion. Each student shall take 4 exams to determine knowledge gained.
Learning Outcomes:The goal of the course is to introduce students to understanding the various crime theories, in essence what is known as causal theories. The students will explore such theories including bio-psycho-social theories to have a better understanding of how crime and criminality affects not only those involved in criminality, but their significant others; extended families and associates; and society as a whole including economically. Students should understand how crime impacts on all of society, both sociologically and psychologically.
Course Assessment: There will 4 four (4) exams. Exam #1 will cover chapters 1-4; exam #2 will cover chapters 5-9; exam #3 will cover chapters 10-13; and exam #4 will cover chapters 14-18.
Grading: Each exam is worh 25% of the overall grade. The grade scale is as follows:
92-100 = A
83-91 = B
74-82 = C
65-73 = D
Below grade 65, or three (3) unecused absences in a term, or two (2) consecutive unexcused absences = F
Late: All exams are expected to be taken on the assigned dates. Allowances can be made for documented illnesses/emergencies/work related issues. If a student cannot complete the course due to some unforseen situation, an incomplete may be applied for with the university. However it must be approved by the instructor.
Conduct: A college classroom is designed to be non-threatening. Open discussion of subject matter is encouraged. However, each student is expected to respect the rights and feelings of others so proper decorum is expected at all times. Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of alcohol or drugs, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior towards administrative or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: October 13 Orientation
Chapter 1 - Crime and Criminology
2 - The Criminal Law and It's
October 20 Chapter 3 - Nature and the Extent of
4 - Victims and VIctimization
October 27 Exam
Chapter 5 - Choice Theory
6 - Trait Theories
November 3 Chapter 7 - Social Structure Theories
8 - Social Process Theories
9 - Social Conflict Theory
November 10 Exam
Chapter 10- Integrated Theories
11- Violent Crime
November 17 Chapter 12- Property Crimes
13- White Collar & Organized
November 24 Exam
CHapter 14- Public Order Crimes: Sex &
15- Overview of the Criminal
December 1 Chapter 16- Police and Law Enforcement
17- The Judicatory Process
December 8 Final Exam
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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog Page 101THe instructor views cheating as very serious and would recommend that any student found to be cheating be given at least a failing grade for the term.
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101Students sometimes make mistakes through ignorance, negligence, or carelessness. Any student who has any doubts about information should always consult with their instructors.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and
to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergradute
Catalog Page 100
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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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