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CJ 200 Criminology
Kurita, Sue M.


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

F2B 2012 BL

Faculty

Kurita, Sue M.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA UTEP
MA-Webster University
JD-Texas Tech School of Law

Office Location

Classroom 15 minutes before and after scheduled class time

Office Hours

15 minutes prior to class

Daytime Phone

915 543-3868

E-Mail

Sue.Kurita@park.edu

mskurit@aol.com

Semester Dates

22 October to  15 December 2012

Class Days

Monday & Wednesday

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

CRIMINOLOGY:The Core
Siegel, Larry J.
Wadsworth Publishing 4TH (2011)
978-0-495-80983-8
 
 

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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:

  The professor's  educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, and writings. The professor will engage each student in what is referred to as socratic learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions
 

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 student's understanding of Criminology topics
  2. Be able to objectively analyse, discuss and debate topics that are impacted by moral, emotional and social factors
  3. Explore the challanges of research and data gathering in the criminal justice arena
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.
  •  A 6-8 page essay
  • Class quizzes and discussions- This is a grade that will reflect class participation and completion of in-class activities such pop quizzes.
 

Grading:

Class Discussion   10% (100 points)
Mid Term 30% (300 points)
Final 30% (300 points)
Paper Essay  30% (300 points)
100% = 1,000 points
 
Grading Scale
A=900-1000 points
B=800-899 points
C=700-799 points
D=600-699 points
F=Less than 599 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:


Late work for exceptional circumstances, will be docked 10% of the grade.  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. Cell phones must be silenced.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Oct.22- Review Syllabus. Introduction, Thinking Critically about Crime:  Crime, Myth, and the Media
Oct. 24- Ch. 1 Crime and Criminology
Oct. 29- Ch. 2 The Nature and Extent of Crime
Oct. 31- Ch. 3 Victims and Victimization, 
Nov. 5- Ch. 4 Choice Theory: Because they want to
Nov. 7- Ch. 5 Trait Theory
Nov. 12- 20- Ch. 6 Social Structure Theory
Nov. 14- Ch. 7 Social Process Theory
Nov. 19- Ch. 8 Social Conflict and Critical Criminology
Nov. 21- Ch. 9 Development Theories: Life-course and latent traits
Nov. 26- Ch. 10 Violent Crime:  Personal and Political, Exam 1
Nov. 28- Ch. 11 Property Crimes
Dec. 3- Ch. 12 Enterprise Crime: White-collar crime, cyber crime, and organized crime
Dec. 5- Ch. 13 Public Order Crimes, 
Dec. 10- Ch. 14 The Criminal Justice System
Dec. 12- Exam 2 & Paper Due (core assessment)

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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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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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