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CJ 200 Criminology
Christensen, Jonathan F.


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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

F2T 2010 DLA

Faculty

Christensen, Jonathan F.

Title

Senior Adjunct Faculty Member

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Science - University of North Dakota (UND)
Juris Doctor - UND School of Law

Office Hours

10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.  M-Th (Eastern Time)

Daytime Phone

1-218-791-9464

E-Mail

jonathan.christensen@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 18, 2010 - December 12, 2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Criminology: The Core, 4th Edition

Larry J. Siegel - University of Massachusetts, Lowell

ISBN: 0495809837

Wadsworth, Cengage Learning 2008
 
The 4th Edition is the required text for this course, the use of any other edition is at your own peril..:)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


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:

 
 
My eductional philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings.  I will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions
 
Learning requires diligence and desire.   While we rely on what we have learned in the past, learning is a constant, everyday requirement. While different techniques may produce different results, it is the desire to learn that determines a students success, regardless of the instruction.  A student that desires an education and wants to complete a degree program is usually dilligent and generally a better student.

I do not expect students to know everything.  In fact, college can only expose us to the vast topics in our world and generally highlights how little we actually know about the world.  Graduation does not mean that we "know" everything. What is expected is that students are able to demonstrate that they can identify issues (a problem, concept, etc.), research the issue and respond through opinion, insight, solution, etc...  

Online courses require more from students than face to face classes as I believe they place an instructor in the role of a facilitator also.  As a facilitator, I usually learn a great deal from my students.  I always look forward to learning with my students.

My goal as an online instructor is to encourage independent learning and to act as a facilitator for students. I keep abreast of trends in the field and I make every effort to keep students apprised of the changes. Keeping the information current helps keep the course fresh and students appreciate that! 

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.


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:

 
 

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.

Grading:

 

Class Assessment:

Assessment

Week Due

Pts

Total Pts

Discussion/Internet Act

all

40

400

Quizzes

1,2,3,5,6,7

40

240

Midterm

4

150

150

Final

8

100

100

Core Assessment Paper

6

225

225

Total

1,115

 

Break Down of Grade:

Points

Grade

1,004 - 1,115

A

892- 1003

B

781 - 891

C

669 - 780

D

below 669

F

Late Submission of Course Materials:


I do not typically accept late work.  Exceptions may be made in exceptional circumstances (technical difficulties, work obligations and vacations do NOT count as exceptional circumstances), and the student will incur a 10% grade penalty. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 
 

Students are expected to engage with one another in a manner that is professional and respectful. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

WEEK ONE

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 1 Crime and Criminology
  • Chapter 2 The Nature and Extent of Crime

Week 1 Assignment Checklist

  • Post your introduction discussion under the Course Home Link
  • Read through the syllabus
  • Send your instructor an email to verify your pirate email account is working

Now start on Week One work:

  • Read chapters 1 & 2 in the text (pages 1-51)
  • View the Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 PowerPoints
  • Read through this week's Lecture
  • Post your week 1 discussion
  • Complete the Week 1 homework quiz
  • Read over the Paper Assignment instructions (due in Week 6).

WEEK TWO

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 4 Choices and Theories
  • Chapter 5 Trait Theories

Week 2 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 4 & 5 in the text
  • View the Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 PowerPoints
  • Read through week two's Lecture
  • Post your week 2 discussion and make replies to your classmates
  • Complete the Week 2 homework quiz
  • Work on your paper assignment instructions (due in Week 6).
  • **Proctor Final Form will open this week, please fill out the form and submitted

WEEK THREE

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 6 Social Structure Theories
  • Chapter 7 Social Process Theories

Week 2 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 6 & 7 in the text
  • View the Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 PowerPoints
  • Read through week three's Lecture
  • Post your week 3 discussion and make replies to your classmates
  • Complete the Week 3 homework quiz
  • Work on draft of your paper, outline to be posted in week 4 discussion for peer evaluation
  • Work on your paper assignment instructions (due in Week 6).

WEEK FOUR

This week we will be covering:

  • Reviewing of chapter 1 through 7

Week 4 Assignment Checklist

  • Read through week four's lecture
  • Review Chapters 1 through 7
  • Post your week 4 discussion and make replies to your classmates
  • Midterm has to be completed this week
  • Prepare an outline of the Core Assessment Paper (due week 6) and develop the thesis statement
  • Have you completed the proctor form for the final?

WEEK FIVE

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 8 Social Structure Theories
  • Chapter 9 Social Process Theories

Week 5 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 8 & 9 in the text
  • View the Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 PowerPoints
  • Read through week five's lecture
  • Post your week 5 discussion and make replies to your classmates
  • Complete the Week 5 homework quiz
  • Work on your paper assignment  (due in Week 6).

WEEK SIX

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 10 Violent Crime
  • Chapter 11 Property Crime

Week 6 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 10 & 11 in the text
  • View the Chapter 10 and Chapter 11 PowerPoints
  • Read through week six's lecture
  • Post your week 6 discussion and make replies to your classmates
  • Complete the Week 6 homework quiz
  • Paper assignment is due.

WEEK SEVEN

This week we will be covering:

  • Chapter 12 Enterprise Crime: White-Collar and Organized Crime
  • Chapter 13 Public Order Crime

Week 7 Assignment Checklist

  • Read chapters 12 & 13 in the text
  • View the Chapter 12 and Chapter 13 PowerPoints
  • Read through week seven's lecture
  • Post your week 7 discussion and make replies to your classmates
  • Complete the Week 7 homework quiz
  • Review for proctored final week 8

WEEK EIGHT

This week we will be covering:

  • Review all materials covered

Week 8 Assignment Checklist

  • Read through week eight's lecture
  • Post your week 8 discussion and make replies to your classmates
  • Proctored final week 8

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
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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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