Introduction to Criminology

Course Description:

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 Details:

Course Title (District): Introduction to Criminology
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Community Service
Course Provider : Mancelona Public Schools
Content Provided By : My Virtual Academy
Online Instructor Provided By : Mancelona Public Schools
Standards Addressed : CCSS, MMC
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Open Entry / Open Exit, Semester, Trimester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Miscellaneous
Course Identifier : Community Service
Course Level : (B) Basic or Remedial
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://www.myvirtualacademy.com/section21f
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 800-297-2119

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Additional Course Information:

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
goals.
– 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
society.
– Explore how situational crime prevention measures may be used to prevent crimes from
occurring.
– 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
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. 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.
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met Any applicable standards are met.
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
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.
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. 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
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met Students sign all documents upon enrollment.
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met Privacy policy is presented, reviewed and signed with student at enrollment.
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
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
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. 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
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met Many lessons are self-driven and require higher order thinking skills to complete.
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met Instructor can upload supplemental activities as needed or modify course to meet the student's needs.
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met Students can interact with their instructor via phone, email, text, instant message, or video message.
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. 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.
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. 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.
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met Students can check their progress or grades any time they wish, in real time.
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
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.
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
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.
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. 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
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 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
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Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met The software provider continuously updates courses to keep them relevant.
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met All teachers hold valid certification in content area.
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met All staff attend ongoing professional development sessions throughout the year to remain current with students and families needs.
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met Tech support is provided by the school and the software company, if needed, as well.
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
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 12/01/2019 04/01/2020 500 $375.0000 0.0000
Open Entry / Open Exit 04/01/2019 11/30/2019 500 $375.0000 0.0000
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 12/01/2019 04/01/2020
N/A Must pass course with D- (60%) or higher. Open Entry / Open Exit 04/01/2019 11/30/2019
N/A Must pass course with D- (60%) or higher. Open Entry / Open Exit 04/02/2020 11/30/2020

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