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CRM-315-01/20, Victims of Crime (WN13)

INSTRUCTOR: Jeff Tuer, M.C.J., M.S.

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Tuesday, Thursday/6:00 – 8:45 p.m., 01/03/2013-01/24/2013

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Examines the impact of crime on its victims, including identification of victim types, victim compensation and reduction of victimization. The course focuses on the relationship of criminology and the criminal justice system to victims themselves.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this course, you should be able to…

-Discuss the concept of crime.

-Describe the science of criminology.

-Identify the basic research methods and data resources used by criminologists.

-Identify the nature and extent of various types of crime.

-Identify a variety of crime patterns and trends and describe their relationship to such variables as culture, gender, age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

-Identify the basic biological, psychological, and sociological explanations for criminal behavior and apply them to a variety of fact patterns.

-Identify and describe effective strategies for preventing and controlling crime.

-Exercise critical thinking skills essential to the development of informed positions with respect to controversial criminal justice issues.

REQUIRED TEXT:

Karmen (2013) Crime Victims: An Introduction to Victimology, 8th Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN-13: 9781133049722

EXAMS:

Consist of multiple-choice questions, short answers, essays and/or any combination.

CLASS PRESENTATION:

Each student will be assigned a chapter topic from the required textbook to give a class presentation on. Students will find a journal article relating to their assigned topic and give a 10-15 minute class presentation. The presentation should include three questions to the class about the article. Presentations should be presented via PowerPoint.

CLASS PARTICIPATION:

Students are required to actively participate in class lecture discussions, presentations and the University’s Common Read. This includes participating in their fellow students’ class presentations. Each student is required to come up with two questions, thoughts or comments to share with the class on presentation days. Each student is also required to make at least two verbal contributions to the class chapter lectures. Each class you will have the opportunity to earn 2 points towards class participation.

***ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. 

I will take attendance promptly at the start of each class. If you are not present when your name is called at the start of class, you will be marked absent, even if you came to class a late. Each unexcused absence will result in the loss of half of a final course letter grade!