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CJ 200 Criminology
Emerick, Nicholas A.


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

U1B 2011 BL

Faculty

Emerick, Nicholas A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Criminal Justice
M.A. Sociology

Office Location

Nicholas.Emerick@Park.Edu

Office Hours

Contact:  (915) 449-4293

Daytime Phone

(915) 449-4293

E-Mail

Nicholas.Emerick@park.edu

N_emerick101@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

May 30th - July 24, 2011

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminology:  The Core 4th Edition by Siegel, Larry J. (2011) Wadsworth Publishing.  

ISBN:  978-0-495-80983-8

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Additional Resources:

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http://www.thecrimereport.org/

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:
The instructor will use lectures, class discussions, videos, exams, quizzes and writing for class periods and evaluations.  The assigned readings are critical for a student’s success in this class.  Students are expected to complete the reading prior to the assigned class period.  This will allow the student to reflect and relate to the material and come to class ready to engage in a high-quality class discussion.  

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. • Increase the students understanding of a variety of criminology topics.
  2. • Be able to objectively analyze, discuss, and debate topics that are imbued with strong political, moral, and emotional undertones.
  3. • Develop a paradigm and skills that allows for a critical assessment of how crime is understood in our society.
  4. • Explore the challenges of researching crime and the criminal justice system.
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:
Two Exams- these are not cumulative and composed of multiple choice and short answer questions.

Two quizzes- these quizzes are composed of multiple choice and short answer questions.
Class participation- This is a grade that will reflect class attendance and completion of in-class activities.

Grading:

A= 90% or higher B= 80-89.9% C= 70-79.9 D=60-69.9% F= Below 59.9%

Theory Paper (Core Assessment)- 30%
Exam 1 20%
Exam 2 20%
Quiz 1 5%
Quiz 2 5%
Class Participation  20%
100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Only students with excused absences will be allowed to make-up missed course work.  Absences will only be excused if there is a sanctioned conflict of schedule or notified their instructor of an absence in advance.


If a student is aware of a future conflict of schedule please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to act in a professional manner.  A student who acts unprofessionally will be asked to leave the class for the day and be considered absent and unexcused.  Students who arrive late or need to leave early are asked to sit near the door to minimize disruption.  Cell phones and other electronics are to be silenced prior to class.

Class discussions will often revolve around politically, morally, or emotionally charged topics.  It is important to remember that the class is not here to judge or determine what, if anything, is right or wrong.  It is most useful for class to address these topics from a desire to understand and be able to see strengths and weaknesses.  Critiques should be handled with the utmost respect for all people involved.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
May 30- Introduction, Thinking Critically about Crime:  Crime, Myth, and the Media

June 1- Ch. 1 Crime and Criminology
June 6- Ch. 2 The Nature and Extent of Crime
June 8- Ch. 3 Victims and Victimization, Quiz 1
June 13- Ch. 4 Choice Theory: Because they want to
June 15- Ch. 5 Trait Theory
June 20- Ch. 6 Social Structure Theory
June 22- Ch. 7 Social Process Theory
June 27- Ch. 8 Social Conflict and Critical Criminology
June 29- Ch. 9 Development Theories: Life-course and latent traits
July 4- Ch. 10 Violent Crime:  Personal and Political, Exam 1
July 6- Ch. 11 Property Crimes
July 11- Ch. 12 Enterprise Crime: White-collar crime, cyber crime, and organized crime
July 13- Ch. 13 Public Order Crimes, Quiz 2, Theory Paper (core assessment) Due
July 18- Ch. 14 The Criminal Justice System
July 20- Exam 2

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

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 .

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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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