FALL 1998
Instructor: Theodore Shields
Class Meetings: Walsh 211; TH--6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
Office Hours: Sutton 428, Monday and Wednesday 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Home Phone: 724/465-7577, Office Phone: 724/357-5978, or x 7-2720
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Course Description:
        This course is designed to provide "an understanding of the 
        discipline of criminology through an examination of its 
        theories, basic assumptions, and definitions" (IUP 
        Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-1999). 
Course Objectives:
        The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the 
        fundamentals of criminology as an academic discipline. 
        Students will acquire a basic knowledge of how, why, and by 
        whom crime is defined. Students will also become aware of the
        functions of the different branches of the criminal justice 
        system in this country. Finally, students will become familiar
        with a variety of criminological perspectives, including 
        historical, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and modern 
        explanations of criminal behavior. 
        In addition to the more traditional objectives, students will
        develop the skills necessary to practice criminological 
        inquiry via the World Wide Web.
Required Text:
	Siegel, Larry J. (1998). Criminology, sixth edition. New York:
                West/Wadsworth Publishing Company
	Other readings will be assigned during the semester.
	Class Participation: 10%
	Midterm Exam:	     30%
	Final Exam:          30%
	Web-based Project:   30%    

Final Grade Criteria:
	90% to 100%-- A
	80% to 89% -- B
	70% to 79% -- C
	60% to 69% -- D
	Below 60%  -- F

     As opposed to some instructors, I really do not relish the 
thought of speaking for hours at a time. Such behavior is very rough 
on the throat. As is such, you will be expected to contribute to the 
learning process during each class period.  Such contribution need be
no more than merely your opinion on certain topics. Additionally, I 
have always suspected that individuals simply cannot listen to endless
lectures and learn at an optimal level, therefore a portion of class 
time will be devoted to cooperative (group) learning. Your grade (10%)
will reflect your participation in this process. Though I will not 
keep track of your every absence, it will be quite difficult to earn 
this 10% without regularly attending class.
Bonus Points:

     There will be various opportunities during the semester to 
collect bonus points. You will be provided with in class assignments 
(approximately 12). Completion of each assignment will provide you 
with one bonus point to be added to your final examination. Thus, you
have the opportunity to add 12 points to your final examination simply
by completing these assignments.  Such assignments will include 
written reactions, or opinions, on films, lectures, guest speakers, 
or current events. There will be no make-up of in class asignments,
and there will be no individual extra credit assignments.
Midterm and Final Exam:
     The midterm examination will cover material presented before 
October 15th. The final examination will cover material presented 
following the midterm. During our class reviews, I will make you 
aware of the information and concepts that will appear on the 
examination. You will not be going in blind. Each examination will 
consist of a multiple-choice section, a matching section, a short 
answer section, and one short essay question. Make-up examinations 
can be provided in the event of illness or personal/family emergency.
Instructor may require written confirmation during such situations. 
Scheduling make-up examinations is the responsibility of the student.  
No make-up examinations will be given after the course is over.  As
opposed to scheduled examination format, make-up examinations 
may be comprised entirely of several essay questions. 
World Wide Web Project:
	Students will be asked to build/design a web page devoted to 
some crime- related issue. This project is to be completed by groups 
of four. These groups will be assigned as the semester progresses. 
Time will be provided during class for the groups to get together and
discuss their projects, but this is predominately an out of class 
assignment. We will hold one class seesion in the computer lab in 
order to get used to communicating via e-mail and allow students to 
familiarize themselves with the Internet. Do not be alarmed, this 
assignment does not require HTML skills or really ANY technical 
skills. Trust me, I do not have any. (see Handout) has 
made the web design process virtually equivalent to simple word 
The topic of the web project is for the groups to choose. The 
following is a list of potential topics:
1. Law Enforcement 
2. Juvenile Crime 
3. Juvenile Justice Systems
4. Gun Control (Pro, Con, or Neutral)
5. Death Penalty (Pro, Con, or Neutral)
6. Corrections (Prisons, Alternatives to Prisons, Prison Life, etc.)
7. Violent Crime (Murder, Child/Domestic Abuse, Sex Crimes, etc.)
8. Organized Crime (Either White Collar or Organized Street Crime)
9. Drug Crimes/Drug War (Pro, Con, or Neutral)
10. Property Crimes (Any aspect)
11. Internet Crime
12. War Crimes
13. Terrorism
14. Serial Murder
15. 1st Amendment (freedom of speech) issues
16. Crimes by the Government
Groups may choose a relevant topic that does not appear on the list. 
All group topics must be approved by me before you begin work on 
your project.
	Web Pages should include the following:
1. Explanation of the importance/relevance of the topic
1. Explanation of how the world wide web can advance the 
   understanding and/or knowledge of the subject
2. Links to other sites with information relevant to your
   topic. This should be the bulk of your cite, as you can have links
   to almost endless information all from one page. Each group's page
   should have a minimum of eight links to other, relevant sites
3. Links to each group member's e-mail account (either asprovided by 
   IUP or personal)

By linking to your page and all of your links, any web surfer should 
be able to gain a beginning, but substantial, knowledge of your 

Web Page Presentation:
     Groups will present and explain, via computer overhead 
projector, how and where each of the four criteria noted above is 
expressed within the web site. Groups will also explain the 
information that is available from each hyperlink. The presentation 
should provide evidence that, through visiting your web site and the 
links within your site, the web surfer mentioned above will be able 
to gain a working knowledge (i.e. more than is generally known) of 
your topic. As our time in the computer lab is limited, plan for your
presentations to last approximately 10 minutes. Individual group 
members may divide presentation time amongst themselves in whatever 
manner they choose.
	Calculating Grades for Web Project:
	Student's grades will be calculated by combining three 
        methods of evaluation: 
Self-evaluation within each group	20%
Peer evaluation between groups 	        20%
Instructor evaluation		        60% 
     Each member of each group will (confidentially) rate the 
other members of their group on their contribution to the project (1 
to 25, with 1 being the lowest and 25 the highest). Also, each student
will individually rate how they feel each group has fulfilled the four
criteria mentioned above (each criteria rated from 1 to 5 with 1 being
the lowest and 5 the highest). Finally, I will also grade the 
project with regards to the four criteria, along with each group's 
presentation and the appearance of the page. 
           More detailed evaluation criteria for the first
  two methods will be provided as the semester progresses

Tentative Class Schedule (Dates may change according to class 
progress. Such changes will be announced in class):
All readings, unless otherwise specified, are from the Siegel text.
9/3 - 	Introduction; Web/Tripod Handout
	What is Criminology?
9/10 -  Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Deviance; pp2-22
        Origins of Western Law; pp24-42
        Origins and Overview of the Criminal Justice System; 
        pp419-442; Handout
9/17 -  Meet in McElhaney 113 
	First Group at 6:00 p.m.
	Second Group at 7:40 p.m.
9/24 -	History of Policing; pp445-452
        Contemporary Issues in Policing and Community Policing; 
        Judiciary; pp479-501
10/1 -	History of Punishment and Corrections; pp518-546
	Sentencing and the Death Penalty; pp502-513; Handouts
	Group Work
10/8 -	Development of Classical Criminological Theory; pp100-123
	Development of the Positivist School; Handout(s)
	Review for Midterm
10/22-	Early Criminological (Durkheim, Chicago School);                 
	Anomie and Subcultural Theories; pp174-189
	Social Learning Theories; pp195-207
10/29-	Social Control Theories; pp207-208; Handout
	Labeling Theories; pp212-220
	Marxist Thought and Conflict Theories; pp226-245
	We will go over and finalize these during class
11/5 -	Peacemaking; pp226
	Feminist Perspective; Handout
11/12-	No Class, Alternate Assignment
11/19-	Integrated Theories; pp252-274
	Theoretical Summation/Future of Criminological Theory; 
	Group Work
11/26-	Thanksgiving Break
12/3 -	Crime Typologies: Violent Crimes and Property Crimes; 
	White Collar and Organized Crime; pp337-367; Handout(s)
12/10-	WEB PROJECT PRESENTATIONS; Eberly Computer Lab
12/17-	FINAL EXAMINATION; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.