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Criminology
CJUS-340

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to examine theories regarding the nature and cause of criminal behavior and society’s response. It approaches crime from a philosophical, psychological, and sociological perspective. Most importantly, this course strives to integrate a theological perspective to crime and punishment. (Formerly CJUS 210)

Requisites

Prerequisites

CJUS 200 and 230

Rationale

The purpose of this class is to expose the student to introductory concepts in the field of criminology including: classical, positivist, Marxist, sociological, and multifactor theories of crime. These ideas will be discussed within the context of a Christian worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define the concepts of crime, law, and criminology.
  2. Trace the general development of theories of crime causation.
  3. Differentiate between current biological, social, psychological, and developmental theories of crime.
  4. Categorize crime typologies associated with violent, property, white collar, and public order crimes.
  5. Identify and evaluate the theological and Christian perspectives regarding the source of and potential solutions to criminal behavior.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Siegel, L. J. (2019). Criminology: The Core, (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. APA Writing Guide: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Christian Worldview Paper

The Christian Worldview Paper is a 2-page document outlining the student’s perception of his/her own Christian worldview as it relates to criminology. In this document (completed in current APA format), the student must explain how his/her perception of criminal behavior was formed by his/her own experience and prior biblical instruction. While the student’s perception regarding criminology may change during the course, this exercise demonstrates to the instructor that the student understands how to present a paper in current APA format.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

For each Discussion Board Forum, the student is required to post a thread of at least 300 words. For each thread (except for DB1 which is an introduction thread), the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 citations in current APA format. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed journal articles from Liberty University’s Online Library and other scholarly works to include volumes or books (as well as Scripture). The student must post 2 replies of at least 150 words each, incorporating at least 1 citation per reply.

Research Paper

This assignment requires the submission of 2 distinct works: a Development Proposal and the Research Paper.

Development Proposal

Using the template provided, the student will develop his/her own research proposal based on interests or topical areas highlighted in the course. This research proposal must be in the form of a hypothesis, not a question. Complete directions are on the template. The research proposal must be submitted on the provided template for approval.

Final Submission

The Research Paper will present the hypothesis, review the literature that supports or does not support the hypothesis, and form a conclusion. It is to be at least 7 pages and written in current APA format.

Exams (3)

There are 3 exams in this course. Even though the questions are in multiple-choice format, they cannot be answered by simply looking up the answers in the readings. The student must think, reflect upon, and choose the best answer based on the readings. Tests are open-book/open-note, but they may not be discussed with any person. Exams 1 and 2 each contain 40 multiple-choice questions and have a time limit of 3 hours. The Final Exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions and has a time limit of 3 hours.

Course Grading

  1. Points
  2. Course Requirements Checklist

    10

    Christian Worldview Paper

    40

    Discussion Board Forums (3 at 40 pts ea)

    120

    Chapter Problem Sets (27 at 20 pts ea)

    540

    Research Paper

    Development Proposal

    20

    Final Submission

    100

    Exams (2 at 40 pts ea)

    80

    Final Exam

    100

    Total

    1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

CJUS 340

Textbook: Siegel, L. J. (2019) Criminology: The Core, 7th Edition.

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Siegel: ch. 1

Chapter 1 Visual Summary

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Christian Worldview Paper

Chapter 1 Problem Sets (2)

10

40

40

2

Siegel: chs. 2–3

Chapter 2 Visual Summary

Chapter 3 Visual Summary

1 presentation

Chapter 2 Problem Sets (2)

Chapter 3 Problem Sets (2)

Research Paper—Development Proposal

40

40

20

3

Siegel: chs. 4–5

Chapter 4 Visual Summary

Chapter 5 Visual Summary

1 presentation

Chapter 4 Problem Sets (2)

Chapter 5 Problem Sets (2)

Exam 1

40

40

40

4

Siegel: chs. 6–7

Chapter 6 Visual Summary

Chapter 7 Visual Summary

1 presentation

DB Forum 1

Chapter 6 Problem Sets (2)

Chapter 7 Problem Sets (2)

40

40

40

5

Siegel: chs. 8–9

Chapter 8 Visual Summary

Chapter 9 Visual Summary

1 presentation

Chapter 8 Problem Sets (2)

Chapter 9 Problem Sets (2)

Exam 2

40

40

40

6

Siegel: chs.10-11

Ch. 10 Visual Summary

Ch. 11 Visual Summary

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Chapter 10 Problem Sets (2)

Chapter 11 Problem Sets (2)

40

40

40

7

Siegel: chs. 12–13

Ch. 12 Visual Summary

Ch. 13 Visual Summary

1 presentation

Chapter 12 Problem Sets (2)

Chapter 13 Problem Sets (2)

Research Paper—Final Submission

40

40

100

8

Siegel: ch. 14

Ch. 14 Visual Summary

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Chapter 14 Problem Set (1)

Final Exam

40

20

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.