CRIMINOLOGY---CJ 101

Lane Community College
Fall 2000

Tuesday---7-9:50 PM---APPR 221
Office: 418 Center
Office Hours: 5:45-6:45 PM Tuesday
Office Phone: 747-4501, Ext. 2064
Leave Message: Ext. 2427

David H. Kessel
E-Mail: socshop@yahoo.com
Home Phone: 736-0204


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What you'll need for CJ101
Class Policies and General Comments
LCC Catalog Course Description
Course Overview and Course Objectives
Required Reading Materials
Schedule of Topics and Readings
Assignments
Due Dates
Summary of Points in Course
Articles Eligible for Article Review
Article Review Instructions
Internet Assignment Instructions
Analysis Paper Topics
Grading Scale
Student Suggestions for Discretionary Assignment
Self-Evaluation Analysis Paper

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LCC Catalog Course Description

CJ 101 Introduction to Criminology: 3 credits
The study of deviant behavior as it relates to the definition of crime; crime statistics; theories of crime causation; crime typologies. Introduction to the impact of crime, limits of the criminal law, juvenile delinquency, and society's reactions to criminal behavior.





































Required Reading Materials



The following are Required Readings:

Criminology: Theories, Patterns, and Typologies, 7th Edition by Larry J. Siegel

Criminology 99/00 Annual Editions

Assigned Materials in The Sociology Shop
---Overview of Law/Crime & Development of Criminological Paradigms
---The Criminology Room
---Sociological Concepts
---InfoTrac College Edition

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SCHEDULE OF TOPICS AND READINGS

(S = Siegel...../.....AE = Annual Editions Reader)

09/26

---Introduction
------Syllabus
------Overview
------Objectives
------The Sociology Shop
---Sociological Concepts Go Here

10/03

---Sociological Concepts cont.
---Overview/Definitions/Perspectives (1)

10/10

---Criminological Paradigms (2) and here
---Criminal Law & Processes (2)

10/17

---Criminal Law & Processes
---Nature & Extent of Crime (3/13)
------Sources/Ideology
------Trends/Patterns

10/24

---Victimization Theories (4/27)

10/31

---Mid-Term Exam (7-8:15)
---Choice Theory (8:30) (5/38)

11/07

---Trait Theories (6)
---Sociological Structural Theories (7)

11/14

---Sociological Process Theories (8)

11/21

---Sociological Conflict Theories (9)

11/28

---Violent & Property Crimes (11&12)
---White Collar & Public Crimes (13&14/21)

12/05

---White Collar & Public Crimes
---Integrated Theories (10)






























Assignments



Analysis Papers

Four (4) Analysis Papers worth 20 points each (10 for doing, 10 evaluated) for total of 80 pts. Topics will be assigned in class.

Article Review

Article Review on one of the five (5) articles selected by instructor from Annual Editions 99/00 Reader...worth 50 pts. Instructions are online here. Articles eligible for review are here.

Mid-Term Exam

An "objective" test (MC & T/F) covering material through 10/24...worth 100 points.

Internet Assignment

A major paper covering Criminological sites on the Internet...worth 100 points. Instructions are online here...and will be discussed in class.

Final Exam

A take-home-essay-exam covering materials since the Mid-Term...worth 100 points.

Self-Evaluation Paper

You will be asked to evaluate yourself according to how well and to what extent you did or didn't meet the course objectives. This paper is worth 20 points...just for doing it (assuming a serious attempt).









ARTICLES ELIGIBLE FOR ARTICLE REVIEW (in Annual Editions Reader)

PICK 1

#23 A Year in Corporate Crime (p. 108)

#29 A Healing Approach to Crime (p. 153)

#32 Look for the Prison Label (p. 162)

#37 What Prompts Criminal Behavior? (p. 189)

#39 The Place for Vengeance (p. 207)




































Summary of Points in Course

Analysis Papers............80
Article Review.............50
Mid-Term Exam.............100
Internet Assignment.......100
Final Exam................100
Self-Evaluation............20
..........................450 Total Points







































Analysis Paper Topics



Analysis Paper #1

As we begin this course I'd like to know what thoughts about "crime" and "criminals"..."law and order," etc. you're bringing into it. So. treating this assignment somewhat like a "pretest"...just where "are you" about all this? You can include many issues here...including why you're taking the course...your plans...any experiences you've had in this general area or field, etc. Clearly, there's no "right or wrong" about any of this, so the evaluated part of the grade will be based on how much and how well you say what's on your mind...ok? Give it a shot (so to speak)...I know you have many opinions...so share them with me. Thanks.

Analysis Paper #2

We just covered a whole bunch of information and ideas concerning Criminological Paradigms...and...I'd like you to assess what you heard/learned. Where are you concerning these paradigms...did you tend to locate yourself in one or the other, or do you already "bridge" them? In short, what "sense" do you make out of them and why?

Analysis Paper #3

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: FOR THE INNOCENT AS WELL AS THE GUILTY??

A rather popular notion these days among some people is the "criminals" have more rights and constitutional protections than us "good guys." If so, consider the following Amendments to the Constitution (Bill of Rights) which deal with these protections (those which some call "technicalities"): I suggest you look at a copy of the Constitution for the full text of each.

4th...the right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures

5th...the right to not testify against oneself...the right to due process

6th...the right to trial by jury and to counsel

8th...the right against excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishments

So, if you HAD to...which of these Amendments would you be willing to surrender/relinquish, as a nation, in order to increase the national rate of conviction and incarceration of the "bad guys"...huh, huh, huh??

Rank from 1 to 4...in order of willingness to relinquish (1 = most willing and 4 = least willing). Provide a rationale for EACH...relative to the others.

Analysis Paper #4

After viewing "Quiet Rage"...the video about the Stanford Prison Experiment, react to and analyze to whatever gets your attention the most. What did you "see" there? I'm interested in seeing what each of you comes up with...hence, no "directed" question is being asked.



Self-Evaluation Analysis Paper

I'd like you to evaluate yourself in relation to this course and its content. This is not about me, its about you...although mention of me may sometimes be unavoidable...but not necessarily having anything to do with "grades." The best way to go about this is to reread the Course Overview and Course Objectives. How well or not well did you "meet" these objectives? You may, of course, add anything else you wish, but I'd like you to center your comments around these Course Objectives. You will get the 20 pts just for doing this...assuming a serious attempt on your part. Obviously, you can say what you want without fear of losing points...eh? Thanks


































Due Dates



10/03............Analysis Paper #1
10/17............Analysis Paper #2
10/24............Article Review
10/31............Mid-Term Exam (7-8:15 PM) (Class follows)
11/14............Analysis Paper #3
11/21............Analysis Paper #4
12/05............Internet Assignment
.................Pass Out Final Exam
12/12............Final Exam Due (In APPR221 7-9 PM)
.................Self-Evaluation Due



































Grading Scale



I am choosing to use a "graduated grading scale." I believe this type of scale more adequately reflects the varying performances by students. Under what I call a "lump-sum scale" (ABCDF), this variety is diminished. For example, there's a big difference betweem an 89 average and an 80, yet with this type of scale both would result in a "B" (3.00). Using a graduated scale the 89 would be a "B+" (3.40) and the 80 would be a "B-" (2.70). Both would be much closer to an accurate reflection of student performance. Also, this scale also allows more reachable levels of improvement and therefore, continuing motivation to improve...at least grade-wise. If you have any questions, bring them up in class.

A = 94-100 (Excellent)
A- = 90-93 (Good/Excellent)

B+ = 87-89 (Very Good)
B = 83-86 (Good)
B- = 80-82 (Good/Fair)

C+ = 77-79 (Fair)
C = 73-76 (Fair/Basic)
C- = 70-72 (Basic)

D+ = 66-69 (Poor/Basic)
D = 60-65 (Poor)

F = ??-59 (Needs alot more)



































YOU… A COMPUTER/THE INTERNET/THE SOCIOLOGY SHOP &…CJ101

You are going to need access to a Computer for this course…with access to The Internet. Whether its your own computer…or…one in a Lab on campus…or a friend’s computer…or one at a Library…or even one at a place like Kinko’s, they’re not that difficult to find these days. Why? Well, besides using one for a specific assignment (Internet Assignment), I’ve decided to copy less and post more for this course…saving on paper as well as costs. Most assignment instructions will be online, many required readings will be online, and then there’s that specific assignment mentioned above.

That also means you’ll need to learn a basic minimum of skills in navigating The Internet…The Web…Cyberspace…call it what you want. It’s a tool that’s quickly become necessity in today’s world…especially as it relates to academics. If you have no experience in doing this, there’s plenty of help available especially here at LCC. Then…there’s me…I’ll help as much as I can…in class and privately if necessary. So don’t panic if you’re in this category…it will be okay.

You'll also need an E-MAIL ACCOUNT as a requirement of the course. If you don't have one already, there are free ones available which can be accessed through any computer...anywhere. I'll help with this...and it will be discussed in class.

Finally, The Sociology Shop, my own website, is essential for this course. We have our own “room” in TSS, the CJ101 Room where you’ll find links to the stuff I mentioned above. There’s also a very useful room called the Criminology Room which contains numerous links to useful sites. I will help you become familiar with TSS and how to access information by use of the computer in our classroom and privately if desired.































SOCIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS

Here is a list of the Sociological and Critical Concepts (and a link to where you will find them in TSS) we will be covering before getting into the substance of the course. They are in the order we'll be covering them.

You will be expected to have read these by the second week of class…next week.

Bracketing (here)
Empathy (here)
Critical (here)
Presupposing (here)
Radical (here)
Paradigms (here)
Levels of Reality (here)
Social Act/Relation (here)
Synergism (here)
Institutions (here)
Thomas Theorem/Definition of the Situation (here)
Berger's Motifs of Sociological Consciousness (Sociology Room (here)
---Debunking
---Unrespectability
---Relativization
---Cosmopolitan
The Obvious (here)
Correlation and Causality
Falsification/Verification







































































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