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Created: August 11, 2003
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Index of Topics on Site Minimal Requirements for CRMJ 490: ST: Media, Crime & Criminal Justice
The following categories and timelines were set up to help guide you through a reasonable scheduling of the course preparations and your measurements of learning. Few of us in today's fast track are reasonable. But having a schedule to react against is sometimes a solace. We have tried to indicate our minimal requirements for passing the course. Getting a B or an A, as in any course, depends on doing exceptional work. Your actual preparations and your grade are up to you. Sometimes it makes more sense to take a B, and live your life more fully. For many of us, these are "the good old days." Our respect for you and your right to answerability does NOT depend on your grade.

There are numerous examples of how to submit and edit your submissions, oral or written, if you want to improve your grade.

Because so much of our work is up online you have more latitude to adapt your learning to your lived experience. That doesn't mean that you should wait until the last week of school to focus on this course. At that point you may not like our answer. Remember, dialog is a two-way or multi-way discourse, not monologic. And if you leave all your work until the last week, you don't leave us much room for answering, and you're not likely to have aesthetically produced a network relationship that you can depend on for support. Worse, such a use of your time would suggest you haven't learned the basic lessons of the course.

Learning/Teaching and the Interrelationship between Theory, Policy, and Practice -- Week 3 and Media and the Social Construction of Crime and Justice -- Week 4

  • Basics

      You should know:

    • about letters of recommendations (i.e., what to include in a letter, what not to include, and why). Be able to tell the difference between a good letter of recommendation and a bad one.
    • how to obtain an excellent letter of recommendation.
    • the interrelationship between theory, policy and practice, and be able to discuss this interrelationship from any starting point.
    • the interrelationship between the media and the social construction of reality.
    • the media's role in the social construction of crime problems.

      You should be able to:

    • share experiences on both the receiving and providing ends of the letter of recommendation process.
    • bring in a "media, crime and criminal justice" related current event and be able to explain the interrelationship between "theory, policy, practice" with this current event.
    • find a current event and explain how the media socially constructed the crime problem.
    • bring in an example of crime wave as ideology.


      You should know:

    • dog letters
    • gold stars
    • taxonomy of learning
    • affective and cognitive components of learning
    • the interrelationship between "theory, policy, practice"
    • the social construction of reality
    • definition of the situation
    • stereotyping/labeling
    • difference
    • the Other


      You should recognize the names of:

    • Alfie Kohn
    • Bloom and Krathwohl
    • Jerome Bruner
    • W.I. Thomas
    • Peter Berger & Thomas Luckmann
    • Martha Minow
    • Mark Fishman


      You should have thought about:

    • how to obtain a good letter of recommendation.
    • why sometimes the interrelationship between "theory, policy, and practice" is out of sync, especially as it relates to media, crime and criminal justice.
    • the social construction of reality and the mass media.
    • crime wave as ideology.
    • how real is "reality television".

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