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Course Schedule - Introduction to Criminal Justice

Published onAug 07, 2020
Course Schedule - Introduction to Criminal Justice
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I am considerate but demanding of your time. A full-time student should spend as much time learning as a full-time worker spends working: 40 hours per week, at least.1 I use that premise to determine how much to ask of you for this course.

Time Expectations

Fall and Spring Semesters

During fall and spring semesters, a full credit load is officially 12 credit hours, but I’m “old school” so I consider it 15 hours. This course is 3 credit hours, or 1/5 of the full load. If you divide 40 hours by 5, you get 8. Thus, I expect you to spend 8 hours per week on this course.2 I expect you to spend about this much time per section3 on average on each of the following4:

  • 6 hours for Reading

  • 4 hours for Annotation

  • 2 hours for Discussion Post

  • 2 hours for Exercise

  • 8 hours for Infographic

Given the breakdown, it should be clear that you need to start reading and working on your Annotation at the beginning of the section. I am making it due at the end of the section, so you have several weeks to work on it.

Sections

There are five sections in this course: The Criminal Justice System; Criminal Law and Crime; Law Enforcement; Courts; and Corrections. Each section has the same assignment types5: Annotations; Discussion Posts; Research Exercises; and Infographics:

  • In fall and spring semesters, those are due at 11:59 pm every other Sunday.

Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Week 1 of Semester: The Criminal Justice System

    • Submit Annotation

  • Weeks 2, 3, 4, & 5 of Semester: Criminal Law and Crime

    • First week: Submit Discussion Post; Research Exercise

    • Second Week: Submit Infographic

    • Third Week: (work on Annotation)

    • Fourth Week: Submit Annotation

  • Weeks 6, 7, & 8 of Semester: Law Enforcement

    • First week: Submit Discussion Post; Research Exercise

    • Second Week: Submit Infographic

    • Third Week: Submit Annotation

  • Weeks 9, 10, & 11 of Semester: Courts

    • First week: Submit Discussion Post; Research Exercise

    • Second Week: Submit Infographic

    • Third Week: Submit Annotation

  • Weeks 12, 13, & 14 of Semester: Corrections

    • First week: Submit Discussion Post; Research Exercise

    • Second Week: Submit Infographic

    • Third Week: Submit Annotation


Week

Discussion Posts

Research Exercises

Infographics

Annotations

1




The Criminal Justice System

2

Criminal Law and Crime

Crime



3



Crime


4





5




Criminal Law & Crime

6

Law Enforcement

Arrest



7



Arrest


8




Law Enforcement

9

Courts

Sentencing



10



Sentencing


11




Courts

12

Corrections

Prison



13



Prison


14




Corrections

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