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CMRJ501 - Criminology

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ501 Course ID: 2577 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will examine the various theories and their application to criminal justice. Additionally this course will examine the implications of criminal acts in relation to behavior, discipline and causation. Analysis of criminal and non-criminal behavior is also addressed regarding certain causes, controls, and legal aspects of criminal behavior. Crime is analyzed from an interdisciplinary study of social problems and social responsibility perspectives.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

CO1: Analyze the main assumptions of prominent theories within criminology

to current topics within the criminal justice arena;

CO2: Compare and contrast the philosophical basis of classical and positivist criminological


CO3: Judge the impact of criminological theory and research on social policy;

CO4: Explain the history of statistical crime data collection and analysis and the

various methods used to collect and disseminate that data;

CO5: Summarize the differences between the UCR and NIBRS crime data reporting tools;

CO6: Evaluate the use of capital punishment as a deterrent to criminal behavior;

CO7: Critique the effects of sex offender registration on pedophile recidivism rates;

CO8: Explain ones view as it regards legalized prostitution and the insanity defense;

CO9: Examine the controversies associated with the insanity defense


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

Peregrine Assessment.

Instructions and grading expectations for the Peregrine Assessment will appear in the Assignments section of the classroom.

NameGrade %
Introduction to the Class 1.00 %
Introduction to the class 1.00 %
Forums 44.00 %
Week 1 Forum 7.33 %
Week 2 Forum 7.33 %
Week 3 Forum 7.33 %
Week 4 Forum 7.33 %
Week 6 Forum 7.33 %
Week 7 Forum 7.33 %
Wk 5 Essay 25.00 %
Week 5 Essay 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
Peregrine Assessment 5.00 %
Peregrine Testing 5.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed. (This title is recommended, but not required for the course)
Publication Info:APA
Author:American Psychological Association
Unit Cost:$29.04
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.