CJ 404/504: Theoretical Criminology*

Section 101 CRN 1855/1864

MWF 11:00-12:00 Smith Hall 418

 

INSTRUCTOR

Sam Dameron

Office: Smith Hall 781

Office Phone: 304-696-2568

Fax: 304-696-3085

Email: dameron@marshall.edu

Webpage: http://www.marshall.edu/criminal-justice/dameron.htm

 

Office Hours:

COURSE DESCRIPTION

†††† A critical analysis of major criminological theories and their empirical foundations. Current theory and research receive greater emphasis than historical development. Capstone experience. Writing Intensive.

 

PREQUISITES
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CJ 200


DESIRED LEARNER OUTCOMES/OBJECIVES

1.      To articulate principles and concepts of various criminological paradigms and schools.

2.      To understand scientific methodology, the process of inquiry, and the link between theory, research, and policy implications.

3.      To critically evaluate and analyze criminological theories.

4.      To utilize theories to explain crimes and/or social deviations.

5.      To utilize criminological theories through various forms of writing, both informal and formal.

6.      To develop and enhance analytical and critical thinking skills through various forms of writing, both informal and formal.

7.      To conduct research using library databases and to read and summarize refereed journal articles about criminological theory and its application to a specific crime typology.

8.      To develop and enhance professional writing skills.

9.      To improve proficiency in the use of APA publication guidelines by completing an analytical paper applying a criminological theory to a specific crime typology.

 

EVALUATION/MEASUREMENT/ASSESSMENT OF LEARNER OBJECTIVES

1.      Tests will consist of fill-in-the-blank, listing, short answer, matching, essay, and application questions.

2.      The paper will be graded as a paper for grading purposes and as the writing requirement for those who need to fulfill it. These two grades are separate. Multiple or excessive errors in writing will not pass the writing requirement. Significant deductions will be made for grammar, spelling, and writing errors (See paper guidelines.) The major focus for the class grade will be knowledge and application of a theory, however, deductions as above also will be made.

3.      Quizzes will be fill-in-the-blank, true-false and/or short-answer.

4.      All grading will involve theory knowledge and application.

 

 

 

REQUIRED TEXTS*

 

Anderson, C. E., Carrell, A. T., & Widdifield Jr., J. L. (2007). What every student should know about
††††† citing sources with APA documentation.
Boston, MA: Pearson.††††††

Brown, S. E., Esbensen, F., & Geis, G. (2007). Criminology: Explaining crime and its contexts.
††††† (6th ed.). Newark, NJ: Lexis Nexus.
*Additional readings may be assigned and placed on reserve.

 

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

††††† Students must have a computer or access a computer. Students also must have access to the Internet to send and receive email messages.If you are using an email account other than your Marshall Email account, you must set your Marshall Email account to forward to your other account.Student information will be sent only to the studentís Email account.Students are expected to check their Marshall Email account frequently.

ATTENDANCE POLICY††††††

††††† Role will be taken at each class.If you are not there when the role is taken you will not be recorded as present.There is no penalty for absences except in the case of missing a quiz, assignment due date, or test.An absence for a quiz, assignment, or test must be pre-approved by the instructor or an excuse consistent with the University Excused Absence Policy of the current 2007-2008 Online Marshall University Undergraduate Catalog must be presented to make up a missed quiz, assignment, or exam. Missed tests, assignments, or quizzes will result in a grade of zero for the missed requirement.

††††† During testing sessions, once any student has left the classroom no student will be allowed to take the test and any student who comes to take the test after a student has left the classroom will receive a zero.If a student comes late to take an examination their paper will be taken when the assigned test conclusion time is reached, they will not receive an extension to complete the examination.

PLAGIARISM

†††††† Plagiarism is the use of anotherís thoughts or ideas and claming them as your own.This includes quoting without citing, but also includes paraphrasing anotherís work without giving them credit.

†††††† Plagiarism or academic dishonesty, such as cheating on quizzes or exams, will result in an ďFĒ for the assignment or course and reporting of the violation to the Academic Affairs Office, as a minimum.


QUIZZES†††

There will be eight quizzes about eight theories chosen throughout the semester and announced the class meeting before the quiz is given.If it becomes necessary to include more quizzes for learning or attendance purposes, these quizzes will be counted toward examination grades.

 

EXAMS

There will be two exams.Exams may consist of a variety of response formats such as, multiple choice, true/false, matching, listing, short answer, essay and/or any combination of the above.

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND DETERMINATION OF GRADES

 

Grading Criteria†† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Grades

 

Number

Ugrad.

Points

Ugrad.

Total Ugrad.

Number

Grad.

Points

Grad

Total

Grad

GRADING SCALE

Exam # 1

1

150

150

1

125

130

900-1000% = A

Exam # 2

1

150

150

1

125

130

800-899% = B

Exam # 3

1

150

150

1

125

130

700-799% = C

Topic/Cover Sheet

1

25

25

1

25

25

600-699% = D

Thesis Statement

1

10

10

1

10

10

Below 600% = F

Bibliography

1

100

100

1

50

50

 

Concept Map

1

25

25

1

25

25

 

 

First Five Pages

1

50

50

1

25

25

Paper

1

200

200

1

200

200

Mini-Theory Applications

5

20

100

5

20

100

Article Summaries

0

0

0

3

50

150

Quizzes (Essays)

8

5

40

8

5

40

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE

 

 

1000

 

 

1000

 

WRITING ASSIGNMENTS (INFORMAL)

Assignments will be given periodically to strengthen your understanding of writing as a process and criminological theory.Assignments will include APA citations to help develop the use of proper citations based on the APA publication manual. Assignments may be both in-class and out-of-class (there are no make-ups for in-class assignments).All out-of-class assignments must be typed and double-spaced.APA format will be used, except for the abstract page.One inch margins and fonts standard fonts must be used.There is no exception for using any font larger than size 12.Late assignments will not be accepted.

 

ADDITIONAL GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate students are expected to summarize three different original articles taken from journals, anthologies, or books of readings (if taken from anthologies or books of readings, the articles must be reprints of original articles).These summaries must be six to eight pages in length (including the cover sheet, abstract and works cited page).These journals must be submitted during the week the theory is covered in class.Only one theoristís theory can be used per chapter in our book.The theory must be taken from Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 14).On the day the summary is given to the instructor another graduate student in the class must edit the paper before it is submitted to the instructor.

 

TERM PAPER/SENIOR WRITING REQUIREMENT

Each student will be expected to critically examine a crime/deviance and the criminals/deviants who, commit it.Students also will apply a theory to the crime/deviance committed by that individual/group, producing a paper that is original in thought and analysis; the paper must be a minimum of 10 pages typed, starting with the Introduction and ending with the Conclusion. The term paper will be due November 5, 2007. The paper outline and specific criteria will be discussed in class at a later date.Because this class houses the writing requirement for the major, undergraduate students must obtain a C or better on the paper in order to pass. For those students who do not obtain a C, you will need to resubmit the paper in order to meet the departmental writing requirement. However, you may be able to pass the course as a whole. On the other hand, if you fail the class, you will have to retake the class and write another paper. For more information about the writing requirement please visit http://www.marshall.edu/criminal-justice/cj/CJWREQ.HTM. Keep in mind that if you fail the course, it is only offered during the fall semester as of now. In addition, in order to graduate you must pass the class with a D or higher.

 

ADDITIONAL POLICIES

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic Dishonesty includes cheating, fabrication and falsification of data or information, plagiarism, bribes/favors/threats, and complicity. If a student violates this policy, discretion will be used by the instructor depending on the severity of the offense. The sanctions may include but are not limited to lowering of a grade on a paper, lowering the final course grade, or failing the course. For The policy can be found in its entirety in the online MU Undergraduate Catalog.

 

Extra Credit:

There will be one opportunity to receive extra credit in this course. That is, students who present their theory paper at the WVCJEA conference on Thursday and/or Friday, November 8 and 9 at Marshall will be able to earn up to 10 points added to their final course grade. In addition, students who present a poster at the conference may earn up to 7 points, while students who just attend the conference may earn up to 5 points which will be added to the lowest exam score.

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Classroom Behavior:

1.      All students are expected to be in class on time (including exam days).

2.      All pagers, cell phones, electronic games, radios, tape or CD players, or other electronic devices such as IPods or MP3 players must be turned off before you enter the classroom.If you are on call or expect an emergency phone call during class, let me know before class and sit by the door.When your phone vibrates, go outside to answer the phone.

3.      Text messaging or having oneís phone out during exams is forbidden.If a student does so, they will receive a zero for the exam or quiz.

4.      All individual conversations are not permitted.

5.      Any questions that pertain to the syllabus, assignments, or grades should be asked before or after the lecture/discussion begins. Questions asked and comments made during the lecture must be relevant to the topic being discussed.

6.      Respect different opinions and keep an open mind.

7.      All students are expected to abide by the academic dishonesty-this means no cheating or plagiarizing.

8.      Students are expected to speak one at a time. Do not be disruptive.

9.      Working on other materials during class time is considered disruptive not only to the instructor but to other classmates as well.

10.  No food, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages are permitted (non-alcoholic beverages are acceptable).

11.  Students are prohibited from leaving the classroom once the lecture or discussion has started. Only in the case of an emergency can a student leave the room. If you need to leave class early for some reason, notify the instructor in advance.

12.  Support your fellow classmates and reward each other with positive remarks/comments.

13.  There is no such thing as a stupid question, unless you do not ask it.If a student asks a question it is generally one that other students also have.

14.  You are expected to participate in discussions and question and answer sessions.

 

TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE FOR CJ 404/504 SECT. 101#

 

 

 

 

 

Dates/Course Topics

Readings

 

Week 1 Aug 20-24

 

 

Review Syllabus

Introduction to Theory and APA Citation Style

 

Read Ch. 1 Skim Ch 2

Classes Begin August 20

Aug. 24th Ė Last day to add classes

 

Week 2 Aug 27-31

 

 

Classical, Neoclassical, & Rational Choice Theories

Mini Theory 1 Due Aug 31

Read Ch. 5

Use Chs. 11-13 to help choose crime/deviance for paper.

August 27th
Withdraw period begins

 

 

Week 3 Sep 3-7

 

 

NO CLASS MONDAY-LABOR DAY
Paper Strategies

Topic/Cover Sheet
Due Sep 3

Mini Theory 2 Due Sep 7

 

Ch. 5 Cont.

September 1-3

No Class Labor Day

 

 

Week 4 Sep 10-14

 

 

Biological Theories (quiz)

Thesis Statement
Due Sep14

Read Ch. 6

September 14th
App.for Dec. Graduation
Due in Deanís Office

 

Week 5 Sep 17-21

 

 

Biological Continued

Concept Map Due Sep 21

Mini Theory 3 Due Sep 17

 

Ch. 6 Cont.

September 21
Last Day to Drop 1st 8Week Courses

Week 6 Sep 24-28

 

 

Psychological Theory

Exam #1 Sep 28

 

Ch. 6 Cont.

 

Week 7 Oct 1-5

 

 

Social Structural Theories

Writing Lab-Concept Maps

Bibliography Due Oct 5

 

Read Ch. 7

 

Week 8 Oct 8-12

 

 

Social Structural
Writing Editing

First Five Pages Due Oct 12

Ch. 7 Cont.

October 9 Mid-semester

October 10 2nd 8 Week Courses Begin

 

Week 9 Oct 15-19

 

 

Social Process Theories

Rough Draft Due Oct 19

 

 

 

 

Week 10 Oct 22-26

Read Ch. 8

 

Social Process Theories Cont. Social Reaction Theories

Student Appointments-Re: Term Paper

Mini Theory 4 Due Oct 26

 

Ch. 8 Cont.

Read Ch. 9

October 26
Last Day to Drop a Full Semester Individual Course

 

Week 11 Oct 29- Nov 2

 

 

Exam #2

Social Reaction Cont.

Student Appointments-Re: Term Paper

Exam 2 Oct 29

 

Ch. 9, Cont.

Oct 29-Dec 4
Complete Withdrawals Only

Nov 1-3 LAE Regionals

 

Week 12 November 5-9

 

 

Social Reaction Theories Continued
Term Paper Due Nov 5

 

November 5-16
Advanced Registration for Currently Enrolled Students
Nov 9
Last Day to Drop a 2nd 8 Week Course

Nov 8-9 WVCJEA Meeting

 

Week 13 Nov 12-16

 

 

Integrated and Developmental Theories

Mini Theory 5 Due Nov 16

 

Read Ch. 10

 

Week 14 Nov 19-23

 

 

NO CLASS-THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

 

Nov 19-24
Thanksgiving Break/ Fall Break No Classes

Nov 19-Dec 11 Advanced Registration Open to All Admitted Students

Nov 22-23 University Holiday

 

Week 15 Nov 26-30

 

 

Developmental Cont.

 

 

Mini Theory 6 Due Nov 26

 

Week 16 Dec 3-7

 

 

The Future of Criminological Theory

 

Read Ch. 14

Tuesday December 4, Last Class Day and Last Day to Completely Withdraw

Dec 5, Study Day and
Exam Day for Classes 3 p.m. and Later

Dec 5th-6th Exam Days

Week 17 Dec 10-11

 

 

Final Exam, Dec 11,

From 10:15 to 12:15

 

 

Dec 10-11 Exam Days

 

 

 

#Presentations may vary from the above schedule due to student interest or comprehension

 

 

 

GRADE INQUIRIES

††††† Student materials will be returned as soon as graded to the student. If the student has a question about a grade on an assignment, the student must bring the assignment to the professor. No grade inquiries about specific assignments will be explored without the questioned assignment. It is the student's responsibility to keep their materials. Final examinations and materials not picked up will be kept in my office for 30 days into the next semester. A student may pick up their final examination and other materials after grades are turned in for the semester until thirty days into the next semester. At that time, finals and all other material not claimed will be destroyed.

 

 

 

 

*Based on Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Boraís Theory Syllabus.