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Department of Criminal Justice

Crime and Delinquency CJ330

California State University, Fullerton

Spring 2007


General Information:

Instructor:                     Raymond E. Foster, MPA

Day/Time/Location:      2:30-3:45         Foster  UH304

Office Hours:                Thursday, 5PM to 7PM

Office Location:            UH501

Office Telephone:         (909) 599.7560



Course Objectives:
(Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 300)


This course provides an overview and analysis of the evolving and conflicting purposes and practices associated with the topics of criminology, crime and delinquency with an emphasis on contemporary strategies for the prevention, remediation and control of crime and delinquency.


Learning Goals:

  1. Understand the scientific method and the use of the scientific method in the construction of theory; and, the differences between theory and factual knowledge.
  2. Develop skills to analyze, critique and construct theory.
  3. Understand the historical, social and political background of the development of theories on crime.
  4. Be able to compare and contrast the various theories, their use and expected outcomes in criminal justice policy and decision making.
  5. Increase the students analytical, research and writing skills through exposure to academic, research and practitioner writings.
  6. Increase the students information literacy skills.


Course Requirements:


The following responsibilities apply to all students:

1.                  Attend class and take notes.

2.                  Read and prepare to discuss the assigned reading by the dates identified in the course syllabus.

3.                  Complete three exams (at fifth week, mid-term and final).

4.                  Prepare and deliver a presentation.

5.                  Prepare 5-7 page, academically sound, paper on an issue identified by the instructor.

6.                  Participate in class activities and discussions.


Required Text


Criminology with Making the Grade Student CD-ROM and PowerWeb, 5th Edition, Freda Adler, Gerhard O. W Mueller, William S Laufer, 2004 (Available at the Titan bookstore)


Method of Evaluation:

Exam One                                10%

Exam Two (Mid-Term)            20%

Exam Three                              10%

Final                                         20%

Issue Paper                              20%

Website Presentation                10%

Participation                             10%    

Semester Total                       100%























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 Additional Information:


Examinations Exam one, exam two (mid-term) and exam three will consist of multiple choice, true-false or short answer questions.  All of the material in the exam one, exam two (mid-term) and exam three will come from the readings, lectures, videos and class discussions and will be cumulative.  An in class review will be conducted prior to the mid-term.  The final examination will consist of two essay questions and will be cumulative.  The five final questions are posted on the course website. However, only two of them will be the final examination.  The student should be prepared to answer all five at the time of final because the two questions to be asked will be announced at the final.  Although this is not an open book test, students may use any notes they took during class or while studying during the final examination.  An in class review will be held prior to the final. They must be the students notes refer to the syllabus section on ethical conduct for further information.  The student MUST answer both questions. Above average and superior responses to the final questions will include sourcing from the readings, lectures, videos and class discussions


Extra Credit No extra credit is available for this course.


Attendance - Within the university setting, students are expected to attend class on a regular basis and participate in topic discussion to enhance the overall learning experience. As participation is directly related to attendance, students mission four (2) class session will not receive any credit for attendance/participation.  Attendance will be recorded by a class roster that will be passed among the students during each class.  It is the students responsibility to sign the roster.


Participation Participation is ten percent of the students final grade.  Participation will be measured by the use of a student participation log, attendance and participation in the online threaded discussion. The participation log is available for download on the course website.  The students are expected to obtain the log and keep a record of their participation.  The log must be handed in at the time of the final; and, it may be periodically requested by the instructor for review.  Attendance will be tracked by a sing-in sheet.  It is the students responsibility to sign-in for each class meeting.  More information and hyperlinks to the threaded discussion are available on the course website.


Issue Paper - Students will be required to prepare a typed, 5-7 page analysis of a course related issue.  The issue topic is posted on the course website. At a minimum, it is expected that the students will produce an academically sound and properly formatted work (APA format is strongly encouraged) with a minimum of five sources, not including the text book.  The instructor will provide more information concerning Issue Paper expectations during class.  The paper will graded on content as well as exposition.    


Website Presentations Each student will be assigned to conduct a review of a specific website.  They will then provide a ten minute presentation on that website, as well as a one-page briefing paper.  The student shall provide a copy of the briefing paper to each member of the class.


Ethical Conduct - Students should be aware that there are severe consequences for violations of academic ethical conduct.  Primarily, we are concerned with cheating and plagiarism. Students who are determined to have cheated or committed plagiarism will face disciplinary action as identified within CSUF regulations.  For additional clarification of cheating and/or plagiarism, refer to the CSUF website or the instructor.


Website - The course has four companion websites.  The first was developed and is maintained by the instructor.  At that website the students will find hyperlinks to the readings, important course downloads (such as the syllabus and class log) and hyperlinks to other course related multimedia presentations (such as PowerPoint presentations, short videos, etc).  The second website is the threaded discussion forum.  It is also linked off of the primary site.  The third website is the companion to the main text book.  As part of the course orientation, the websites will be reviewed.  Blackboard will be used as a means to communicate grades.

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