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Course SummaryCriminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. Review the fundamentals of criminology at any time with this self-paced course. It contains short video lessons and practice quizzes that help boost your understanding of the field, and provides an excellent resource for getting a start on your degree.
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The course objective is to introduce you to the field of criminology and its importance in criminal justice. You will learn about major criminological theories, different types of crime and their effects, and how the government records and measures crime.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and explain the fundamental concepts that make up the criminology field.
- Summarize the historical context behind various major theories of crime and criminal behavior, and the elements of the criminal enterprise.
- Distinguish criminology theories and how they relate to modern research and societal experiences.
- Compare different methods of measuring crime in the United States.
- Evaluate different ways agencies collects and present crime data.
- Define and categorize distinct types of crime, punishments, and societal responses to criminal activity.
- Understand victimology, its history, and how it relates to criminology.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test to see if you're ready to earn credit. Use the study tools in the course to prepare for your final exam.
The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want. When you're ready, take the final exam.
This course has been evaluated and recommended by NCCRS for 3 credits in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Intro to Criminology||Examine the overall study of crime and schools of thought in the field of criminology.|
|Crime Categories, Characteristics & Elements||Understand the basics of crime and criminology, including definitions and legal requirements.|
|Measuring Crime through Criminal Justice Research||Explain the methods of measuring crime in our society.|
|Crime Patterns & Trends||Examine the nature, extent and impact of crime.|
|Victimization in Criminal Justice||Discuss victimization and various impacts on victims and communities.|
|Rational Choice & Trait Theories in Criminology||Assess rational choice and trait theories as they relate to criminology, including individual trait theory, biological theories and psychological theories.|
|Social Structure & Social Process Theories in Criminology||Discuss social structure and social process theories relating to criminology. Understand social learning, labeling and sociological theories of crime.|
|Social Conflict Theories & Restorative Justice||Evaluate social conflict theories, restorative justice and other conflict theories relating to criminology.|
|Developmental Theories of Crime||Explain developmental theories relating to crime, including Glueck's life course research, age-graded theory, differential coercion theory and Tittle's control balance theory.|
|Overview of Violent Crime||Recognize crimes against persons that are considered violent crimes.|
|Types of Murder||Learn about different types of murder, including capital, serial, felony, second-degree and third-degree murder. Differentiate between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.|
|Types of Sex Crimes||Identify sex crimes against persons. Define various types of crimes in this category.|
|Basics of Property Crime||Differentiate between types of property crime, including theft, larceny, burglary and arson.|
|Economic & Public Order Crimes||Analyze crimes related to money and finances, as well as those involving the public at large.|
|Crimes of Moral Turpitude||Identify crimes relating to morality, including victimless crimes, solicitation, alcohol and drugs.|
|Political Crime & Terrorism||Discuss political crimes and terrorism, including terrorism around the world and its rise in the last twenty years. Analyze specific types of terrorism.|
|Understanding Cyber Crime||Recognize crimes relating to the Internet and computers, including cybercrime, copyright infringement, cyberbullying and corporate crime.|
|American Criminal Justice Systems||Discuss the history and role of criminal justice and criminal law.|
|Law Enforcement in America||Examine law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels.|
|Punishment & Corrections||Explore the relationship between crime, punishments and various corrections facilities, as well as low-level, intermediate and serious criminal sanctions.|
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|Completed all lessons in Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
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|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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