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T HEORY , C RIME , & D ELINQUENCY CJUS-320 Section: 02 Department of Criminal Justice California State University, San Bernardino Fall 2017 Professor: Dr. Matt Logan Office: SB 209F Office hours: Monday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., or by appointment Phone: (909) 537-3962 E-mail: [email protected] Class: M,W,F: 2:40 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental aspects of crime in North America. The measurement patterns, causes, and social explanations of criminal behavior will also be examined. Most of what is covered in this course will focus on descriptive, empirical, and theoretical research from sociology and criminology. However, I will also present basic criminological perspectives from other fields—including research from psychology, economics, and biology. All of the relevant material for this course will come from two sources: (1) the lecture slides and (2) the assigned textbook. LEARNING OUTCOMES & COURSE OBJECTIVES By the end of the course, students will be able to: 1. Understand and differentiate the mechanisms and assumptions of different criminological theories 2. Develop knowledge of academic research related to crime, including classical and contemporary perspectives 3. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills about law making, law breaking, and how society reacts to each 4. Learn the importance of science and empiricism for the study of crime and criminal behavior TEXTBOOK J. Robert Lilly, Francis T. Cullen, & Richard Ball. (2015). Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences (6 th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 1
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METHOD OF EVALUATION Your final grade for this course will be calculated as follows: (1) Mid-term examination (25%) (2) Final examination (50%) (3) Criminological theory and pop-culture assignment (25%) EVALUATION BREAKDOWN (1) Mid-term examination: 50 multiple choice/true or false questions, based on the first half of the course, including the lecture notes, reading materials, and assignments. (2) Final examination: 50 multiple choice/true of false questions, based on the second half of the course, including the lecture notes, reading materials, and assignments. (3) Criminological theory and pop culture: Students will review various sources of pop culture (e.g., television shows and music lyrics) and write a 3-4 page paper in which they apply them to any number of criminological theories covered in the course. ***Further details, including a breakdown of the grading scale, are located on Blackboard under the “Assignments” tab. *** *PLEASE NOTE: THE FINAL EXAM IS NOT CUMULATIVE; THAT IS, THE FINAL EXAM DOES NOT INCLUDE QUESTIONS FROM ANY OF THE MATERIAL LEARNED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE COURSE. GRADING SCALE A 94 – 100% A- 90 – 93.9 B+ 87 – 89.9 B 84 – 86.9 B- 80 – 83.9 C+ 77 – 79.9 C 74 – 76.9 C- 70 – 73.9 D+ 67 – 69.9 D 64 – 66.9 D- 60 – 63.9 F 59.9 and below 2
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