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CJ 200 Criminology
Graves, Scott Wakefield


Mission Statement: The 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.

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Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

S1B 2011 BL

Faculty

Graves, Scott W.

Title

Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MBA-Criminal Justice, M.A.

Office Location

By appointment

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

915-562-8450

Other Phone

915-562-8450

E-Mail

sgraves@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 10 to March 6, 2011

Class Days

Mon & Wed

Class Time

5:00pm to 7:30pm

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Siegel, Larry J. 2011, Criminology: The Core, Wadsworth, Inc. ISBN#  978-0-495-80983-8

MANDATORY FOR SUCCESSFUL CLASS PARTICIPATION

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Additional Resources:

APA 6th Ed. Sample Paper located in eCompanion DOC SHARING tab..
 
Writing Rules: The class paper should be written in APA 6th Ed. format and have at least four additional (not from textbook) references/sources that are properly cited within the text of the paper, three of which should be sources not covered in the course and obtained from the Park University Online Library, preferably from the SAGE, PROQUEST, or EBSCO databases. The essay should contain a title page, an outline, and a bibliography and should be written in accordance with the stipulations located under the "Core Assessment," section of the syllabus.

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Course Description:
( SO 200) This basic course provides an examination of the nature and extent of crime and theories of crime causation, as well as the societal reaction of criminal behavior will be covered in this class. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

All humans should engage in a life-long pursuit of learning and obtain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of your chosen discipline.  To that end, I work intensively to present you with the thinkers of our discipline and challenge you to absorb their academic views and develop your own, unique view.  I emphasize that students engage in critical thinking and dare to challenge the status-quo of conventional wisdom.  Students should be prepared to engage in lively debate and a passionate pursuit of knowledge and personal academic development. Park University, Fort Bliss Campus is non-traditional college format that requires the same effort as a traditional setting.  Consequently, students should expect to perform similar amounts of academic work to ensure they receive a thorough and quality education.

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 regarding 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 is conducted primarily in the English language, which requires the student to be proficient in reading and writing the English language at the college level.

Core assessment as required in this syllabus and graded as indicated in the grading plan located below.
 
All papers will be submitted in parkonline.org in the provided "dropbox" where the paper can be uploaded in MS Word format saved in "Rich Text Format (RTF)."
 
The student will complete course quizzes online at parkonline.org 

1. Comprehensive Final Exam-Chapters 1-17 Ttl 200 points
2. Research Paper, (CORE ASSESSMENT) Ttl 400 points     
3. Current Event Discussions/Articles, ONE (1) per student, Ttl 60 points  
4. Quizzes x 4 @ 80 points each, Ttl. 160 points
5. Complete Chapter Questions (Chapters 1,4,7 & 9) - All questions MUST be completed in the provided format found in eCompaion online in the DOC SHARING tab.  Completed questions should be submitted into the eCompanion dropbox designated for that chapter @ 40 points each, Ttl 160 point
6. Participation x  6 points per session, Ttl. 96 points

Grading:

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS:  1076
 
968.4  to 1076    points = A
860.8  to 967.4   points = B
753.2  to 859.8   points = C
645.6  to 752.2   points = D
Below 645.6       points  = F 

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

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should arrive for class on time and stay the entire length of class.  Students arriving thirty minutes after class commences will be marked unexcused/absent.  Students leaving before the class ends will be marked unexcused and absent. Students must treat all in class with respect and dignity.  Abusive conduct will not be tolerated.  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.  Students that are absent cannot participate and will be given the indicated grade point reduction for each absence whether 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. STUDENTS FOUND TEXTING DURING A TEST WILL RECEIVE A ZERO FOR THE TEST. No texting during class sessions...please.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Wk1-Monday-Jan 10

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. The course topic must be submitted to the instructor through the eCompanion messaging system by Monday of week three. 

Wednesday-Jan 12 

2- Session 2: Class administration, Chapter 2 Patterns of crime and criminal behavioral patterns, lecture and class discussion. Discussion of essay topics and additional discussion of the course project and other course work and assignments, to include due dates. Discussion of the instructor's expectations of student performance regarding examinations and quizzes.   Chapter One Review questions due in eCompanion dropbox.


Wk2-Monday-Jan 17
1-Class administration, Chapter 3 Research methods and theory development. Students are responsible for bringing and discussing news articles regarding recent criminal events and concomitant discussions and associations.  

Wednesday-Jan 19
2- Class administration, Chapter 4 Classical and neoclassical thought. What did historical criminologists think of crime and why people engage in illegal and anti-social behaviors? What thought framework was criminal and disruptive behavior placed into? Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations. QUIZ ONE (1) ON CHAPTERS 3-4.

Wk3-Monday-Jan 24
1- Class administration, Chapter 5, Biological roots of criminal behavior. Do natural occurrences affect whether people commit crime or not? Is there such thing as a natural criminal? Biological perspectives will be examined and searched for grains of truth and students will be encouraged to interject their life experiences in the search of crime and biology. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations.

Wednesday-Jan 26

2-Class administration, Chapter 6, Psychological and psychiatric foundations of criminal behavior. Are those the engage in criminal behavior always making a willful choice? Do psychological maladies excuse those afflicted from responsibility for their aberrant behavior and the results? Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations. Chapter Three Review questions due in eCompanion dropbox.


Wk4-Monday-Jan 31
1- Class administration, Chapter 7, Sociological theories I, Social structure, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. How does a persons’ social setting, environment, or other influences affect their likelihood of engaging in criminal conduct? In this session we will explore the nature versus nurture argument and probe social theories of crime for truth. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations. 
 
Wednesday-Feb 2
2- Class administration, 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. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations. QUIZ TWO (2) ON CHAPTERS 5-6.

Wk5-Monday-Feb 7
1- Class administration, Chapter 9, Sociological theories III, Social conflict, Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations.  Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations.
 
Wednesday-Feb 9
ROUGH DRAFT OF TERM PAPER DUE THIS SESSION.  Class administration, Chapter 10, Crimes against persons. Specific violent crimes will be reviewed and an examination of motivations will be conducted. Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations. Chapter Six Review questions due in eCompanion dropbox.

Wk6-Monday-Feb 14
1- Class administration, 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. Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations. 

Wednesday-Feb 16

2- Class administration, Chapter 12, White collar and organized crime. Why do criminal organizations form and how are they held together? An examination of organized crime will be conducted and methods for dissolution of such combinations. Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations. QUIZ THREE (3) ON CHAPTERS 9-10.


Wk7-Monday-Feb 21
1- Class administration. Chapter 13, Drug abuse and crime. A look at the current status of the drug war and its’ rationale will be conducted and an assessment of progress made by students. Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations. 

Wednesday-Feb 23
2- Class administration. Chapter 14, Technology and crime, lecture and class discussion. Presentations, Final Exam Guide & Review handed out in class. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations.  

Wk8-Monday-Feb 28 

FINAL DRAFT OF TERM PAPER DUE THIS SESSION. Class administration, Chapter 15 Criminology and social policy, Comprehensive Final Exam on Chapters 1-14.  Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations.


Wednesday-Mar 2

Class administration. Review of Final Examination, Chapter 16, Future directions. Student presentation, lecture and class discussion. Feedback Session, review of students' final grade. Class current event articles and concomitant discussions and associations.

*Exam review schedule subject to change

*Videos will be added as time allows.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Students must be aware that I will strenuously review their work for plagiarism. I will give a plagiarism presentation on the first day of class that defines plagiarism and explains how students intentionally and inadvertently commit plagiarism. Please be aware that I take plagiarism very seriously and I will apply sanctions to students that proffer class work that is plagiarized. So, please DO NOT plagiarize!

Plagiarism includes using another person's work, wholesale, without citation or the overuse of another's work. Further, it is plagiarism to copy another person's work identically and submit it as your own. In any written work the majority of the writing should come from the mind of the student and not another. Papers that exceed 10% of another's work will be given an F and considered plagiarism. You can check your work's originality for free at plagiarismchecker.com

Please think about your topics and use original thought during your work.

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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