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CJ 200 Criminology
Gardner, Gary 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

F1G 2011 GR

Faculty

Gardner, Gary A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S., Criminal Justice Administration
M.S., General Administration

Office Location

784 Eielson Street, Grand Forks AFB, ND

Office Hours

M-F 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Daytime Phone

701 747-7164

Other Phone

701 741-2328

E-Mail

gary.gardner@park.edu

g3mgardner@gfwireless.com

Semester Dates

15 August - 09 October 2011

Class Days

-MTWRF-

Class Time

11:00 - 12:00 AM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Siegel, Larry J.; Criminology The Core, fourth ed., 2011; Wadsworth.
 
ISBN-13: 978-0-495-80983-8

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Additional Resources:
Current Criminal Justice Periodicals and Publications.  Additional resources will be provided to the student(s), by the instructor, at no cost, but must be returned at the end of the semester.

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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:
Lectures, discussions, readings, case studies and video presentations.  One ESSAY (CORE ASSESSMENT) along with a midtern and final examination will be administered to ensure student(s) grasp material presented and concepts being taught.

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:
One ESSAY (CORE ASSESSMENT), a midterm and final examination will be administered.  The midterm and final examination will each consist of fifty questions.  The questions will be tru/false, multiple choice and definitions.  The midterm will consist of material covered in chapters one through seven.  The final will consist of material covered in chapters eight through fourteen.

Grading:
The ESSAY will be worth 40% of the student(s) grade.  The midterm and final examinations will be worth 25% each for a total of 50% towards the final grade.  Class participation will be 10% of the student(s) final grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the test and other publications and periodicals provided by the instructor.  Written assignments are due on the dates assigned and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated with the instructor beforehand.  Students are resposible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.  Students are expected to come to class prepared and to be on time.  Attendance will be taken each class meeting.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must make up any missed work.  Each student is responsible for providing the justification for an unexcused absence.  Two or more unexcused absences are excessive and could result in a failing grade for the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

15-19 Aug - Part 1, Chapters 1,2 and 3:  Discuss criminal statistics, sociology of law, law and society and developing theories of crime causation.  Understanding and describing criminal behavior; punishments, sanctions and corrections and victimology.  Review a brief history of criminology.  Discuss profiles in crime to include deviance.  Discuss the pros and cons of the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and other methods of reporting crimes and review crime trends in several U.S. cities.  Examine race, culture, gender and criminology along with crime patterns dealing with socioeconomics.  Current issues in crime including trends in crime rates and new gun laws enacted throughout the U.S.  Examine age, gender and race associated with criminal activity.  Discuss chronic offenders and recidivism.  Discuss victims to include economic loss to individuals and communities.  Examine anti-social behavior.
 
22-26 Aug - Part 2, Chapters 4 and 5:  Discuss Choice Theory and the concepts of rational choice to include evaluating the risk(s) of crime(s).  Examine the question of "Is Crime Rational?"  Examine the effects of general deterrence through severity, swiftness and certainty of punishment.  Discuss the effects of the death penalty as a deterrent to crime.  Examine "Trait Theory".  Examine genetics and crime.  Discuss psychological theories and social learning theory.  Examine issues involving violent media and violent behavior in todays society.
 
29 Aug - 02 Sep - Part 2, Chapters 6 and 7:  Discuss economic structure and crime to include problems of lower class, poverty and the relationship between poverty and crime.  Discuss the codes of the streets.  Examine institutions of socialization to include family relations, education, peer relations and religious beliefs.  Discuss social learning theories and social control theories.  Discuss profiles in crime.  Review chapters 1 through 7.
 
06 - 09 Sep - MIDTERM EXAM.  Part 2, Chapter 8:  Examine origins of critical criminology.  Discuss current issues in crime and profiles in crime.  Examine the theories of concept, process of restorative justice.
 
12 - 16 Sep - Part 2 Chapter 9 and Part 3 Chapter 10:  Discuss problem behavior syndrome, pathways to crime and age of consent.  Examine offending patterns and trends.  Examine causes of violence to include personal traits, ineefective families, exposure to violence, substance abuse and cultural values.  Discuss incidence, types of rapists and causes of rape.  Discuss murder and degrees of murder.  Discuss assault and battery, robbery hate crimes and work place violence.
 
19 - 23 Sep - Part 3, Chapters 11 and 12:  Discuss and compare and contrast property crimes including larceny and burglary.  In depth review and discussion on enterprise crime including white collar crime, cyber crime, and organized crime.
 
26 - 30 Sep - Part 3, Chapter 13:  ESSAY IS DUE THIS WEEK.  Examine and discuss public order crimes.  Discuss law and morality, pedophilia, incidence and types of prostitution, adult pornography and substance abuse. 
 
02 - 07 Oct - Part 3, Chapter 14:  Discuss the criminal justice system.  Review chapters eight through fourteen.  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 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .

Additional Information:
If you are unable to attend a class, you must contact the instructor prior to the class or you will receive an unexcused absence.  Please contact the instructor with any questions or concerns regarding the syllabus or class content.



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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