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CJ 200 Criminology
Clark, Naomi


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CJ 200 Criminology

Semester

S1M 2012 CH

Faculty

Clark, Naomi

Title

Senior Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S.
J.D.
Licensed Attorney in th State of South Carolina

Daytime Phone

252-447-0396

E-Mail

naomi.clark@park.edu

nclark2@ec.rr.com

Semester Dates

January 16,2012-March 7, 2012

Class Days

MON./WED.

Class Time

7:30-10:00 P.M.

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Criminology: The Core, 4th Edition

Larry J. Siegel - University of Massachusetts, Lowell

ISBN No. 978049580983-8
Wadsworth
, Cengage Learning
2011

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/.


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 philosophy is one of full class participation based on lectures, readings, assessments, dialogues, websites and writings.  Further, the socratic method will frequently be used so as to elicit substantive responses.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

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.
 
Some of the class will be centered around notorious trials, to wit:  O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, etc.  Instead of the Final--there will be a Mock Trial.
*INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE*

Grading:

 

Class Assessment:

Assessment

Week Due

Pct.

Total Pts

Discussion

2 PER St.

30

30

Midterm

4

20

20

Final--Mock  Trial

8

20

20

Core Assessment Paper

6

30

30

Total

100

 

Break Down of Grade:

Points

Grade

93-100

A

92-85

B

84-77

C

76-69

D

below 69

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 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 AND PROFANITY 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.  NO TEXTING OR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT DURING CLASS SESSIONS.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

WEEK ONE-JAN. 16 AND JAN. 18

This week we will be covering:
MONDAY--HOLIDAY--NO CLASS TONIGHT!
WEDNESDAY
Introduction, Chapter 1, Overview of Criminology, lecture an class discussions.  Review of syllabus and requirements.  Discussion of course project and other coursework 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 topic must be submitted to the instructor by Monday of week three.
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 coursework and assignments, to include due dates.  

WEEK TWO--JAN. 23 AND JAN. 25


MONDAY
Class administration, Chapter 3 Research methods and theory development.  Students are responsible for  bringing and discussing news articles regarding recent criminal events and concommitant discussions and associations.
WEDNESDAY
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.   
 
WEEK THREE-JAN. 30 AND FEB. 1 
 

MONDAY 
Class administration, Chapteer 5, Biological roots of criminal behavior.  Do natural occurrences affect whether people commit crime or not?  Is there such a thing as a natural criminal?  Biological perspectives will be examined and searched for grains of truth an students will be encouraged to interject their life experiences in the search of crime and biology.  Class current event articles and concommitant discussions and associations.
WEDNESDAY 
Class admininstration, Chapter 6, Psychological and psychiatric foundations of criminal behavior.  Are those who engage in criminal behavior always making a wilful choice?  Do psychological maladies excuse those afflicted from responsibility for their aberrant behavior and the results?  Class current event articles and concommitant discussions and associations.
REVIEW FOR MIDTERM.  

WEEK FOUR--FEB. 6 AND FEB. 8


MONDAY
Class administration, Chapter 7, Sociological theories I, Social structure, Student presentations, lecture and class discussion.  How does a person's 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 concommitant discussions and associations.
WEDNESDAY
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 Durkhein and Merton.  Class current event articles an concomitant discussions and associations.  MIDTERM EXAMINATION.

 

WEEK FIVE--FEB . 13 AND 15



MONDAY
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
ROUGH DRAFT OF TERM PAPER DUE THIS SESSION(OPTIONAL--TO BE EXPLAINED IN CLASS).   Class administration, Chapter 10, Crimes against persons.  Specific violent crimes will be reviewed and an examination of motivations will be conducted.  Student presentations, lecture and class discussion.  Class current event articles and concommitant discussions and associations. 

WEEK SIX-FEB. 20 AND FEB. 22


MONDAY
Class administration, Chapteer 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 presentations, lecture and class discussion.  Class current event articles and concommitant discussions and associations.
WEDNESDAY
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 presentations, lecture and class discussion.  Class current event articles and concommitant discussions and associations.

WEEK SEVEN-FEB. 27 AND FEB. 29


MONDAY
 
Class administration, Chapter 13, Drug abuse and crime.  A look at the current status of the drug war and its' rationale.  Student presentations, lecture and class discussion.  Class current event artidcles and concomitant discussions and associations.
WEDNESDAY
Class administration, Chapter 14, Technology and crime.   Class current event articles and concommitant discussions and associations.

WEEK EIGHT-MAR. 5 AND MAR. 7

MONDAY

FINAL DRAFT OF TERM PAPER DUE.  Class administration, Chapter 15, Criminology and social policy.  Final Exam.  Class current event articles and concommitant discussions and associations.
WEDNESDAY
Class administration, MOCK TRIAL AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS.  Exam schedule subject to change.

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
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 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:
 

Rubric



   
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
       
           
       
       
           
           
           
           
           
       
   

           

Competency


           

           

Exceeds 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 


           



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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