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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Applied Studies
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
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CRJS 495 has a Challenge for Credit option.
CRJS 495: Sex Crimes is a three-credit, senior-level course offered by Athabasca University. The course covers a range of topics that are of mutual interest to professionals involved in the administration of justice, including the enforcement or evaluation/rehabilitation sectors.
Sexual crimes, more than any other type, incite a reaction in the general population that includes anguish, fear and anger. The image of a violent pedophile is rarely without commentary from other community members. However, such strong sentiments are not accompanied by objective knowledge of this area of crime.
In this course, we explore a range of sex crimes to understand types of offenders and ways in which their behaviours can be modified. Students involved practically in the justice system will find the course content to be of specific relevance. Additionally, it will be of interest to those studying abnormal behaviour and criminology.
CRJS 495 comprises the following 7 units.
To receive credit for CRJS 495, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a D (50 percent). You must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on each assignment/examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
Note: Weighting in grouped-study offerings may be altered to accommodate a classwork component.
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
Holmes, S. T., & Holmes, R. M. (2009). Sex crimes: Patterns and behaviors (3rd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
Most of the course materials for CRJS 495 are available online through the myAU portal, and these will be sent to you before your course start date.
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for CRJS 495, you must complete all evaluation components for the course (i.e., the 7 unit quizzes, the research paper and the final exam). Your overall grade must be D (50 percent) or better and you must pass the final exam. The passing grade for the exam is D (50 percent).
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, February 13, 2012.
Updated October 30, 2019 by Student & Academic Services