Criminology

Summer 2015 Online

Welcome!

This course will take us through all aspects of criminology: how crime is measured, society's role in crime, innovations in crime, human behavior by both criminals and victims, and efforts to rehabilitate those convicted. Our justice system is critical in all of our lives whether it touches you directly somehow or you simply benefit from it as part of your community.


Many issues in our justice system are sensitive and can invoke debate with a wide variety of opinions depending on your experiences and perspectives. I hope you embrace the debate the course may elicit and keep an open mind to learning other perspectives. You never know -- maybe something you learn from me, the text, or your fellow students will change your views.


Participating in the online discussion questions is essential for your success. Please read and understand the grading rubric carefully.


For starters, please download the course syllabus and take the time to read it carefully (note especially the topics and goals for each week as well as the assignments). Then tell us something about yourself in the Introductions Forum. After you have completed these tasks, you're ready for Week 1!


If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.


Best wishes,


Adam McGill