1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Other Course Materials
  6. Course Objectives
  7. Assessments
  8. Grading Policy
  9. Grade Ranges
  10. Policy on Missed Assessments
  11. Notification of Changes
  12. Custom Sections
  13. Technical Support
  14. System Requirements
  15. Minimum Student Technical Skills
  16. TurnItIn
  17. The Capstone Creed
  18. Statement on Academic Misconduct
  19. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  20. Severe Weather Protocol
  21. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  22. Religious Observances
  23. UAct Statement

Survey Criminal Theories

CJ 300-900Spring 2023 | 3 Credit Hours


Ms. Kellin Treadway

Contact Information

UA Campus Directory:

OFFICE HOURS: The Time for Questions!

Location: 334 Farrah Hall


  • In-person (Zoom for DL students): Thursdays, 3-4pm

  • If you are a DL student and need to meet via Zoom, you will need to create a Zoom meeting for this time period and email the link to kntreadway@ua.edu.

Per FERPA confidentiality laws, grades will only be discussed during in-person office hours or by appointment. I cannot answer questions regarding grades via email.

Instructor Email: USE THIS FORM

  • Average response time: 48 hours (not including weekends)

  • If you send more than one message during a 48-hour period or over the weekend, you will only receive a response to your most recent email message.

  • See the full Email Policy for more info.

CCJ Dept. Contact Info:

  • Criminology & Criminal Justice main office:

    • email: cjdept@ua.edu

    • phone: (205) 348-7795

  • Chair of the CCJ Department: Dr. Adam Lankford (adam.lankford@ua.edu)

  • Associate Chair of the CCJ Department: Dr. Brittany Gilmer (bvgilmer@ua.edu)


UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

CJ 100 Minimum grade of C- or CJ 102 Minimum grade of C-

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

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This course offers an overview on the evaluation and application of theoretical perspectives to delinquent and criminal behavior, including crime causation and victimization.  

See the full list of Class Policies, including information about accommodations (ODS and military), email, missed work, grading, etc.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:

Other Course Materials


  1. Blackboard access

  2. Chrome browser (sorry -- Blackboard is finicky)

  3. Textbook (any format is fine -- ebook, paperback, hardback, rental, etc.)

  4. Packback

  5. Various materials required to complete coursework (view the complete, detailed list of materials)

Please note that students are solely responsible for ensuring they have the properly functioning materials to complete all course work and keep up with course announcements, reminders, and updates. If you have technical issues, it is up to you as a student to seek out the most appropriate and timely methods of correcting these issues. You may be required to provide documentation of your communication with tech support should such issues arise.

Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will…

1)     Have a good understanding of the historical background regarding theory and multiple theoretical perspectives.

2)     Become familiar with the main tenets of theoretical perspectives across multiple disciplines, differentiate between different types of theory, and debate the merits of each.

3)     Be able to apply theoretical perspectives to crime and criminal/delinquent behavior.

Assessments, Exams and Assignments

Course Content:

The course is divided up into units called Modules. Within each module, you will find some combination of the items below (weights listed in parentheses):

  1. Final Paper (50%) -- completed via Packback Deep Dives; you will submit this in parts throughout the semester.

  2. Packback (10%) -- reply to my post(s) for each module, reply to a classmate's post for each module, and pose your own question for the class (optional). Top 10 posts are included in calculations for final course grade.

  3. Module Exams (15%) -- 2 attempts each, due with each module. Includes exams for Modules 1, 2, 3, and 4.

  4. Midterm/Final Exam (25%) -- I will take the highest grade between the Midterm and Final Exams. Only the highest grade between the midterm and final exams will count towards your final course grade.

Full details can be found in the Grading Policy.

Don't forget to keep up with assignment open and due dates in the Course Schedule!

Grading Policy

View the full Grading Policy, including tools to help you calculate your grades.

  1. Students are responsible for keeping up with their grades and should be diligent with this throughout the entire semester, not just finals week. I reserve the right to leave your grade as recorded for any grade that has been posted for two weeks or more.

  2. If there are multiple attempts available for an assignment, I will always record the highest score as your official grade. If this is not the case, there has been an error on Blackboard, and you need to let me or your TA know immediately.  

  3. Grades will be available as soon as possible. There are a lot of students in this class and just one or two graders. Please be patient.

  4. As for final course grades, I follow the general rules for rounding decimals. For decimal places ranging .0 through .4, I will round the grade down. For decimal places ranging .5 through .9, I will round the grade up.

  5. I do not "give" grades. I assign grades based on student quality of work. To limit subjectivity in grading, I use rubrics for all written assignments and apply the same rules across the board. For instance, if a paper length requirement is 3-4 pages, that means a full 3 pages; even a line short will be deemed short and receive the associated deduction. I have to draw the line somewhere and apply the rule for everyone in the class in order to remain fair in grading.

  6. You will not be graded on your opinion. You will be graded on how well (e.g., thoroughly, accurately, appropriately, properly) you address the prompt/answer the questions and back up your statements with legitimate material. I am not here to tell you what you should think; I am here to encourage you to think for yourselves.

  7. Grades are NOT negotiable. This means that the grade you receive will not be changed, curved, etc., unless I make a calculation mistake.

Unless stated otherwise, all grades are considered finalized as of noon on Wednesday of Finals Week. I will provide ample opportunity for you to meet to discuss your grades, but after this time, grades will no longer be up for discussion or clarification.

Grade Ranges

100-97 % = A+

96-94 % = A

93-90 % = A-

89-87 % = B+

86-84 % = B

83-80 % = B-

79-77 % = C+

76-74 % = C

73-70 % = C-

9-67 % = D+

66-64 % = D

63-60 % = D-


59-0 % = F


Policy on Missed Assessments

Students are responsible for keeping up with all due dates listed in the Course Schedule.

Missed Packback Posts

  • Anything posted after the due date will be worth half credit.

  • The lowest Packback score will drop at the end of the semester.

Missed Exams

  • Exams are open for the duration of the module and offer two attempts. I will take the highest grade of the two attempts.

  • Any remaining attempts may be completed during the Final Module, no questions asked.

Missed Video Lectures

  • You are expected to watch all video lectures. The level of success a person has in a class is typically positively correlated with virtual lecture attendance. Each class builds on the previous material; therefore, missing even a single lecture may put you seriously behind. As such, attendance will be monitored for every lecture. This attendance is required and may impact your final course grade.

View the full policy for making up missed work, including information and requirements for accommodations for military duty.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Note that every linked item on this syllabus, as well as items listed on Blackboard, on the course instructor's website, in course announcements, in course-related emails, and on other course-associated pages (Google Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, etc.), are considered part of this syllabus and subject to the same rules of policy.

Attendance & Participation

This class is designated as online, meaning that it is asynchronous. Therefore, all work and lectures will be via Blackboard, but you will not be required to attend live Zoom meetings or lectures.

Video Lecture Participation: You are expected to watch all video lectures. The level of success a person has in a class is typically positively correlated with virtual lecture attendance. Each class builds on the previous material; therefore, missing even a single lecture may put you seriously behind. As such, attendance will be monitored for every lecture. This attendance is a required part of the course, and skipping video lectures may result in a deduction on your final course grade.

Packback: The Packback Questions platform will be used for online discussion about class topics and content.

Due dates for assignments are listed in the Course Schedule.

Technical Support

To obtain assistance with technical issues (removing pop-up blockers, opening pages or quizzes, etc.) or if you are unable to see the course content or have other questions regarding the course itself, please visit the College of Continuing Studies Online Course Technical Support Site to submit a request, or call 205-348-9157 (Toll Free: 1-866-205-1011) during their regular business hours.

System Requirements

This online course requires a modern Mac or PC computer and high-speed internet connection. Your computer must also have a compatible browser, PDF viewer, speakers or headphones, microphone, and productivity software such as Office.

Minimum Student Technical Skills

Taking an online course requires a general computer literacy. Students are expected to be able to use Crimson email, Blackboard, web browsers, and general word processing programs prior to enrolling in an online course. Student needing assistance using Blackboard are encouraged to visit the UA Blackboard support site.


The University of Alabama is committed to helping students uphold the ethical standards of academic integrity in all areas of study. Students agree that their enrollment in this course allows the instructor the right to use electronic devices to help prevent plagiarism. All course materials are subject to submission to TurnItIn.com for the purpose of detecting textual similarities. Assignments submitted to TurnItIn.com will be included as source documents in TurnItIn.com’s restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. TurnItIn.com will be used as a source document to help students avoid plagiarism in written documents.

The Capstone Creed

The Capstone Creed was created by the Student Leaders Council. In the spring of 2000, a discussion of campus culture among student leaders led to an effort to identify the core values that sustain us as members of the University community. The Student Leaders Council recognized that the Capstone experience is not limited to our formal affiliation with the University during enrollment and that the University community does not end at the geographic boundaries of campus. As members of the Capstone community, there is a common thread that unites us all, and the Student Leaders Council has endeavored to make those core values manifest through the implementation of a campus-wide creed with which all Capstone stakeholders can identify.

The Capstone Creed reads: As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge; act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.

Wellness Resources

College can be a stressful time

If you or someone you know is facing a challenging time or dealing with academic or personal stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerns, we strongly encourage and support you to seek assistance or to help friends find the care that they may need. Please refer to our Campus Resource List for Students.

Also, If you are experiencing a personal crisis and need urgent assistance, you can also contact the following resources:

Counseling Center

  • Monday-Friday during routine Center hours (205-348-3863).
  • Weekends, holidays, after-hours (contact UAPD at 205-348-5454 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor).
  • You may also text BAMA to 741-741 to text with a trained volunteer.

Women and Gender Resource Center

  • Monday-Friday during routine Center hours (205-348-5040).
  • Weekends, holidays, after-hours (contact UAPD at 205-348-5454 and ask to speak to the on-call advocate for the WGRC.