Introduction to Criminology
This one-semester course is intended as a guide to the field and theories of criminology. It’s
structured into lessons and Course Activities as follows:
– The first lesson discusses criminology as a field of study.
– The next two lessons discuss theories, which suggest that people engage in crime to satisfy
self-interests and individual traits influence criminal behavior.
– The next lesson discusses the theory that motivated offenders are most likely to commit
crimes when they are influenced by routine activities of potential victims.
– The next three lessons describe theories that suggest that people engage in crimes when
social institutions fail to have a positive influence on them, they are labeled as criminals, and
they associate with peers with criminal backgrounds.
– The next lesson familiarizes you with the theory that people engage in or refrain from criminal activities based on how they respond to certain events (turning points) in their lives.
– The next three lessons describe theories that influence of political and social powers, inability to achieve societal goals, and breakdown of social order contribute to criminal behavior.
– The next two lessons discuss theories that crimes and criminal behavior can be reduced by
advocating peace and justice, reducing physical opportunities, and increasing the risks of being caught.
– The last lesson familiarizes you with the theory that focuses on preventing the escalation of
serious crimes in a community.
|Course Title (District):||Introduction to Criminology|
|Course Title (NCES SCED) :||Community Service|
|Course Provider :||City of Harper Woods Schools|
|Content Provided By :||My Virtual Academy|
|Online Instructor Provided By :||City of Harper Woods Schools|
|Standards Addressed :||CCSS, MMC|
|Academic Terms :||Accelerated, Open Entry / Open Exit, Semester, Trimester|
|NCES SCED Code :||
How To Enroll:
|Enrollment Website :||https://www.myvirtualacademy.com/section21f|
|Email :||[email protected]|
Additional Course Information:
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 800-297-2119
This course will help you meet the following goals:
– Learn about criminology as a field of study.
– Familiarize yourself with the classical theory of criminology.
– Explore the theory that individual traits influence interactions with the social environment.
– Learn about situational components that may lead to opportunities for crime.
– Familiarize yourself with the factors that may cause people to deviate from social norms with
regard to their criminal behavior.
– Explore the viewpoint that people become criminals when society labels them as such.
– Learn the theory that people engage in crime due to their association with others.
– Familiarize yourself with the theory that focuses on the desistence from criminal activity and
why some offenders do not desist from a life of crime.
– Explore how political and social powers may contribute to criminal behavior.
– Learn the theory that individuals may turn to crime when they are unable to achieve societal
– Explore the theory that crimes result from a breakdown of social order because of a loss of
standards and values.
– Learn the role of peacemaking criminology in attempting to reduce criminal behavior in
– Explore how situational crime prevention measures may be used to prevent crimes from
– Familiarize yourself with the broken windows theory, which proposes to stop the escalation of serious crimes in cities and neighborhoods.
INACOL Online Course Quality Standards
|Academic Content Standards and Assessments||Rating||Comments|
|Fully Met||Any applicable standards are met.|
|Fully Met||Every course contains a syllabus, with clear goals and objectives for the course. Each lesson also states the objective. Students are tested after each lesson.|
|Course Overview and Introduction||Rating||Comments|
|Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course.||Fully Met||Syllabus provided to students upon enrollment in the course. Units have specific objectives.|
|Fully Met||Parents and students are contacted regularly by teacher. They receive a welcome email with all pertinent teacher contact info.|
|Legal and Acceptable Use Policies||Rating||Comments|
|Fully Met||Students sign all documents upon enrollment.|
|Online instructor resources and notes are included.||Fully Met||Teacher can upload any help resource as needed.|
|Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included.||Fully Met|
|Instructional and Audience Analysis||Rating||Comments|
|Fully Met||Lessons, quizzes, and tests provide multiple types of instruction, questions, and learning methods. i.e. fill in the blank, hands on, multiple choice, matching etc.…|
|Course, Unit and Lesson Design||Rating||Comments|
|Instructional Strategies and Activities||Rating||Comments|
|The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning.||Fully Met|
|Fully Met||Many lessons are self-driven and require higher order thinking skills to complete.|
|Fully Met||Instructor can upload supplemental activities as needed or modify course to meet the student's needs.|
|Communication and Interaction||Rating||Comments|
|Fully Met||Students can interact with their instructor via phone, email, text, instant message, or video message.|
|Fully Met||MVA policy states that students will communicate with their instructor multiple times during a week to ensure engagement and learning within the course.|
|Fully Met||Teacher to student interaction is readily available. Student to student interaction is available, but is more limited due to privacy concerns.|
|Resources and Materials||Rating||Comments|
|Students have access to resources that enrich the course content.||Fully Met||Students have access to translator, dictionary, reader tools, notebook etc.|
|Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction.||Fully Met|
|Fully Met||Students can check their progress or grades any time they wish, in real time.|
|Assessment Resources and Materials||Rating||Comments|
|Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students.||Fully Met||Grading rubrics are built into any assignment that may need them.|
|The grading policy and practices are easy to understand.||Fully Met||Students are able to see a progress report throughout the course.|
|The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules.||Fully Met||The course allows for setting individual end dates, by student.|
|Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course.||Fully Met|
|Technology Requirements and Interoperability||Rating||Comments|
|All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified.||Fully Met||Students can run a compatibility check from the program help page to determine if they have the proper equipment. Our tech department constantly ensures all school provided equipment is compatible|
|Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified.||Fully Met|
|The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately.||Fully Met|
|The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards.||Fully Met|
|Fully Met||Student work is kept confidential within the school database system and courseware.|
|Accessing Course Effectiveness||Rating||Comments|
|The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness.||Fully Met|
|The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current.||Fully Met||The software provider continuously updates courses to keep them relevant.|
|Fully Met||All teachers hold valid certification in content area.|
|Instructor and Student Support||Rating||Comments|
|Fully Met||All staff attend ongoing professional development sessions throughout the year to remain current with students and families needs.|
|Fully Met||Tech support is provided by the school and the software company, if needed, as well.|
|Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework.||Fully Met|
Review Conducted By : My Virtual Academy
Date of Review : 04/30/2019
– What is Criminology?
– Learning about and comparing Classical and Positivist Theories
– Routine, Social Disorganization and Labeling Theories
– Social Learning, Conflict and Life Course Theories
– Desisting Criminal Behavior
– General Strain and Institutional Anomie Theories
– Peacemaking Criminology
– Behavior Analysis
|Term Type||Enrollment Opens||Enrollment Ends||Random Draw Date||Enrollment Drop Date||Course Starts||Course Ends||# of Seats||Course Fee||Potential Additional Costs|
|Open Entry / Open Exit||04/02/2020||11/30/2020||500||$375.0000||0.0000|
|Drop Policy||Completion Policy||Term Type||Enrollment Opens||Enrollment Ends|
|N/A||Must pass course with D- (60%) or higher.||Open Entry / Open Exit||04/02/2020||11/30/2020|
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