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U of U SOC 3561 - Syllabus Criminology

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6<//$%866<//$%866<//$%866<//$%86³³³³&5,0,12/2*<&5,0,12/2*<&5,0,12/2*<&5,0,12/2*<7HOOPHDQG,IRUJHWWHDFKPHDQG,UHPHPEHULQYROYHPHDQG,OHDUQ³%HQMDPLQ)UDQNOLQ DR. MARCIE GOODMAN SOC 3561 OFFICE--310 BehS Spring 2011—Sec 1 581-3712 Office 9:10 to 10:30 Office Hours: 8:00 to 9:00 am (Tues/Thurs) Tu/Thur—BehS 115 Email: [email protected] (please use judiciously, and NO assignments accepted by email) &2856(&217(17&2856(&217(17&2856(&217(17&2856(&217(17Sociology 3561 is designed to explore crime, its context, and especially its causes. First, a foundation will be provided concerning the basic concepts of crime, law, and criminology. Next, theories of crime causation will be explored. The etiology or causes of crime are at the heart of this course, with the theories acting as pillars in the class structure. Next, crime typologies will be examined, or the different kinds of crimes most prevalent in our society. Lastly, we will gain an overview of the criminal justice system itself. The intent of this format is to present a balanced perspective on the field of criminology for new students to the discipline. Attention will also be directed to assure inclusion of issues concerning race, gender, and class, which are often overlooked. &2856(2%-(&7,9(6&2856(2%-(&7,9(6&2856(2%-(&7,9(6&2856(2%-(&7,9(6Each student, upon completion of this course, should be able to recognize, define, and understand core issues in criminology. Additionally, students will gain a working knowledge of the key elements of the content identified as critical to this field of learning. (9$/8$7,210(7+2'6(9$/8$7,210(7+2'6(9$/8$7,210(7+2'6(9$/8$7,210(7+2'6Most upper-level, undergraduate courses in the social sciences require students to demonstrate mastery of material through successful completion of reading, assignments, AND participation. For SOC 3561, a Community Response Project with in-class presentation of experience will contribute 50% to the course grade. An additional 30% will be generated by an Analysis Paper concerning topics in criminal justice. The remaining 20% of the course grade will reflect class participation (notations are made of level of responses during discussions). The purpose of this system is to assure maximum results through an ongoing effort by students to stay abreast of course materials. Success will be greatly impacted by familiarity with information before each class period, with students coming prepared to participate in class discussions (more about all of the assignments in the syllabus). *5$',1*&5,7(5,$*5$',1*&5,7(5,$*5$',1*&5,7(5,$*5$',1*&5,7(5,$A An excellent work in all or nearly all aspects of the assignment. The student exemplifies originality of ideas, superior depth of thought, and extensive grasp of topics as well as technical superiority. B A competent work with a lapse here or there. Ideas are clear and properly expressed; the writing is technically solid. The assignment is effective in meeting all criteria but does not rise to sustained distinction. C An adequate work, but not good. Student ideas tend to be oversimplified, reductionistic, and lack sufficient explanation or exploration. Problems may also exist with grammar, logic, or ability to express thoughts in a manner reflective of a junior level class. D A minimal effort by the student—the work is marred by problems with almost all aspects of the assignment. This is not considered a competent performance. E A failing mark, generally reserved for assignments which are not submitted or miss the target on virtually every criteria of the project. +/- Plus or minus may be given in addition to each of the grade levels when deemed appropriate by the professor. 5(48,5('7(;765(48,5('7(;765(48,5('7(;765(48,5('7(;76Siegel, Larry J. 2011. Criminology: The Core (4th Ed.). United States: Thompson. Maguire, Mary & Dan Okada (Eds). 2111. Critical Issues in Crime & Justice: Thought, Policy & Practice. Cal.: Sage. $0(5,&$16:,7+',6$%,/,7,(6$&7$'$$0(5,&$16:,7+',6$%,/,7,(6$&7$'$$0(5,&$16:,7+',6$%,/,7,(6$&7$'$$0(5,&$16:,7+',6$%,/,7,(6$&7$'$ The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services (CDS), 162 Olpin Union Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations. All written information in this course can be made available in alternative format with prior notification to the Center for Disability Services. Please discuss any concerns with the professor as soon as possible. (www.hr.utah.edu/oeo/aca/guide/faculty/).3$57,&,3$7,213$57,&,3$7,213$57,&,3$7,213$57,&,3$7,21Research indicates that students who attend class on a regular basis earn higher marks than those who do not. SOC 3965 has been purposely designed to reward those who attend, having read the assigned chapters in advance, prepared to discuss the material. Class size notwithstanding, each student will be able to discuss important aspects of the texts under consideration on a regular basis. One of five marks (+, ¥, ¥-, or 0/N) will be noted on the student’s card for each time they are called to comment in class. Participation contributes 20% to the overall course grade, and represents a very critical part of the student’s effort. Everyone is expected to attend the presentations at the end of the course. Participation marks will be available for student’s perusal upon request before or after class, or by appointment. &20081,7<5(63216(352-(&7,1&20081,7<5(63216(352-(&7,1&20081,7<5(63216(352-(&7,1&20081,7<5(63216(352-(&7,1&/$6635(6(17$7,21&/$6635(6(17$7,21&/$6635(6(17$7,21&/$6635(6(17$7,21Students will seek out and observe any criminology-related aspect of their choice in our local community in order to gain a first-hand experience or the subject. Next, they will then write a 2500 word response paper for the problem identified and


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