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CMRJ322 - Crime and the Family

Course Details

Course Code: CMRJ322 Course ID: 2550 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course assesses the problems associated with domestic violence and also explores into the social, economic, political, and cultural stereotypes of causation. There will be an examination of the relationship between family life and anti-social behavior. A review of various theories as well as research regarding the effect of family structure, marital conflict, parental anti-social behavior, and parent’s child-rearing practices on a child’s risk for conduct problems and delinquency are assessed. Adult anti-social behavior is also explored in terms of showing how various family socialization processes and childhood behavior problems influence probability of later adult crime. Students will also evaluate the aspects of gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status of victims of family abuse and their perpetrators.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1: Paraphrase what is meant by the so-called global perspective pertaining to the history of violence in the family.

CO2: Describe the differing types of family violence including psychological abuse, neglect and the possible effect of each.

CO3: Summarize the theories culture of violence theory and gender-role theory as they may pertain to the cause of family violence including biological, gender-role, and social learning.

CO4: Critique the significance of domestic violence in influencing the court in making determinations on which parent will have custody of minor children.

CO5: Examine online child abuse/victimization associated with the online social media (cyber bullying).

CO6: Compare and contrast the factors that may affect the consequences of child abuse: Characteristics of the child, Type of trauma, Type of abuse or neglect, Co-occurrences of types of abuse and neglect, Relationship.

CO7: Explain the controversy that exists between the child abuse model and spousal abuse model, in relation to how they are used to address the needs of the older victim?

CO8: Generalize about how education groups about men who batter frequently use the power and control wheel developed by the Duluth model to illustrate the elements of a battering relationship.

CO9: Justify why a mandatory arrest policy may be better than a pro-arrest policy pertaining to an officer responding to a domestic violence call using research findings and the criteria that no one appears to be physically harmed upon arrival.


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Forums 29.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.83 %
Week 2 Forum 4.83 %
Week 3 Forum 4.83 %
Week 5 Forum 4.83 %
Week 6 Forum 4.83 %
Week 7 Forum 4.83 %
Term Paper 30.00 %
Term Paper 30.00 %
Mid-Term 20.00 %
Midterm 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Examination 20.00 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.