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Instructor Information

John Brantley
Office: Online
Office Hours: Sundays - 10:00 to 11:00 pm MT & Thursdays - 10:00 to 11:00 pm MT
Phone: 251-359-1705
Hello and welcome to JADM 330 Victimology! My name is John Brantley and I will
be your instructor beginning Monday, October 24th. It is with great excitement that I
will be teaching with DeVry University to assist you in attaining your educational
needs. Throughout the course, we will engage in discussions that I intend to be very
interesting, educational and encouraging, as we attempt to make your learning
experience enjoyable and valuable for you to meet your career goals.
Allow me to share some information about my family and myself. I am forty-nine
years old and reside with my wife and youngest son in Atmore, Alabama. I have
been married for twenty-nine years to my wife, Janet. We have two sons, John and
Scott. Janet is a veteran teacher with over twenty-seven years of experience in the
field of education. John is married and has two sons. Scott is currently attending his
second year of junior college.
As for myself, I began my career in law enforcement with the Atmore Police
Department in Atmore, Alabama in 1996. I served this department as a patrolman for
three years and was promoted to investigator, where I served an additional two
years. I began my employment with the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles in
2001. I was assigned to the field office located in Mobile, Alabama. In 2003, I
transferred to a field office located in Baldwin County, Alabama. In 2005, I was
promoted to serve as Officer-in-Charge of the State Probation and Parole Field
Office located in Baldwin County, Alabama. As of March 2015, I was promoted to
District Manager which requires me to oversee to operations of six field offices within
our agency.
I completed my B.S. in Criminal Justice from Troy State University in the Spring of
1993. During my course of study, I managed to work fifty-two and one-half hours per
week. I am living proof that one can complete his/her education while working fulltime. I completed my M.S. in Criminal Justice at Troy State University in the Winter of
2000. During this course of study, I was working as an investigator with the Atmore
Police Department. This was also a difficult task that required dedication and
perseverance. I say this to encourage those who strive to succeed, even under
difficult circumstances.
Professionally, I am a 1997 graduate of the Southwest Alabama Police Academy in
Bay Minette, Alabama (Baldwin County). While a candidate in the police academy, I
served our class as squad leader and received a leadership award at graduation. In
2003, I began serving as a guest instructor at Southwest Alabama Police Academy,
teaching a course in Probation and Parole. Currently, I serve as an online instructor

for one additional university and I also teach for a local junior college in the
traditional classroom setting. I am a very strong advocate of online education, as I
have seen co-workers in law enforcement achieve their college education through
means of online learning. One of those co-workers was recently hired as a Federal
Probation Officer. I hope this is encouraging to you. It is to me.
During the term, if you decide to email me with a question, you will receive a
response from me by email within a 24 hour time period after your question is
submitted. Be sure to check the Announcements and Doc Sharing for additional
course and contact information. Also, please make note of the contact information
listed above.
I am very excited about getting started with our class on October 24th. I hope you
are as well! Good luck to all of you!
FYI - The photo I included above is a picture of my two sons and me after my son
Scott's football team won the state championship in 2014. I'm the old guy to your
right in the black jacket. :)
Take care,
John Brantley
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Course Information
Course Title:





This course focuses on victimization, including the relationship between

criminal offenders and their victims, and treatment of victims in the
justice system by police and the courts. Issues of law and protection of
victims are covered, as are societal perceptions of victims.

JADM100 / 3-3

Textbooks and Resources

Required Textbooks
The following books are required for this course:

Victimology: Theories and Applications

Second Edition
By: Burgess, Regehr, & Roberts
2013 Jones & Bartlett
APA Citation: Burgess, A., Regehr, C., & Roberts, A. (2013). Victimology: Theories
and Applications (Second Edition). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

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Terminal Course Objectives

DeVry University course content is constructed from curriculum guides developed for
each course that are in alignment with specific Terminal Course Objectives.
The Terminal Course Objectives (TCOs) define the learning objectives that the
student will be required to comprehend and demonstrate by course completion. The
TCOs that will be covered in detail each week can be found in the Objectives section
for that particular week. Whenever possible, a reference will be made from a
particular assignment or discussion back to the TCO that it emphasizes.

Given the meaning of victimology, apply reporting measures to the effects of crime
on victims.

Given that victims can share responsibility in the commission of a crime, compare
and contrast various theories of victimization.

Given the process within the criminal justice system, evaluate the function and role
of the victim.

Given that violent crime can occur in the school setting, evaluate the causes of, and
methods to prevent school violence.

Given the category of violent crime committed by someone familiar to the victim,
compare and contrast the various forms of intimate partner violence and its effects
on the victim.

Given that different categories of crime affect victims differently, evaluate the effects
of sexual assault on the victim.

Given that certain victimization theories relate to homicide, compare and contrast the
different forms of homicide.

Given the importance of mitigating the various effects of victimization, analyze the
availability, scope, and effectiveness of victim services.

Given the category of violent crime committed out of hatred or politically motivated
acts of terror, identify how these victims differ from other forms of crime.

Course Schedule
Week, TCOs, and Topics
Week 1

Readings and Class Preparation

Chapter 1: Crime and Victimology
Chapter 2: Measurement of Crime and Victimization


Graded Discu

Defining Victimology &

Measuring Crime
Week 2
TCOs 2 & 3

Chapter 3: Theories of Victimization

Paper #1

Chapter 5: Justice Systems

Graded Discu

Chapter 8: School Violence

Graded Discu

Theories of Victimization & The

Criminal Justice System
Week 3
School Violence
Week 4
TCOs 5 & 6

Department of Justice Report: "Guide for Preventing

and Responding to School Violence"

Chapter 9: Intimate Partner Violence

Chapter 11: Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault

Intimate Partner Violence &

Sexual Assault
Week 5
Homicide & Murder

Week 6
Victim Rights and Services

Graded Discu

Midterm Exa

Chapter 13: Homicide: Victims, Their Families, and

the Community

Graded Discu

Department of Justice Report: Serial Murder: MulchDisciplinary Perspectives for Investigators

Chapter 4: Victim Rights and Services

Paper #2

Graded Discu

Week, TCOs, and Topics

Week 7
Hate Crimes and Terrorism


Readings and Class Preparation

Chapter 14: Hate Crimes

Graded Discu

Department of Justice Report: "Responding to

Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence Crimes"

Week 8
All TCOs

Final Exam

Due Dates for Assignments & Exams

Unless otherwise specified, the following applies.

Access to most weeks begins on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. mountain time (MT).

All assignments are to be submitted on or before Sunday at the end of the

specified week that they are due, by 11:59 p.m. (MT).

All quizzes and exams are to be completed on or before Sunday at the end of
the specified week that they open, by 11:59 p.m. (MT).
Note: Week 8 opens at 12:01 a.m. (MT) on the ending Sunday of Week 7. Any
assignments or exams must be completed by 11:59 p.m. (MT) Saturday of the
eighth week.

Assignment Values and Letter Grades

The maximum score in this class is 1,000 points. The categories, which contribute to
your final grade, are weighted as follows.



(Introduction: 20 points, Discussion Topics: 40 points, Weeks 17)



(150 points each, Weeks 2 and 6)






Final Exam



Total Points



All of your course requirements are graded using points. At the end of the course,
the points are converted to a letter grade using the scale in the table below.

Final grades are based on the percentage equivalent in the chart below and are not
rounded to the next higher letter grade.
Letter Grade




90% to 100%


80% to 89.9%


70% to 79.9%


60% to 69.9%

599 and below

Below 60%

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are grades calculated, and how can I view my grades?

You must complete any quizzes and post your written assignments (if
necessary) to the weekly Dropbox by Sunday 11:59 p.m. (MT) each week, except
Week 8 which closes at 11:59 p.m. (MT) Saturday.

Once your work is reviewed, you should see comments and total points for
each assignment in the Gradebook. Instructors should have Discussion work graded
by the following Tuesday and all other assignments by the following Friday.

You may check your progress at any time by going to the Gradebook,
selecting the week and then your name.

Click on the points earned for each assignment in the Gradebook to see any
instructor comments.

What should I do if a discrepancy is found with my grade?


Double-check the error and try to determine what caused it.


Send your instructor an email explaining your findings.


Trust that any error in grading will be corrected quickly

What if I cannot get my work submitted on time?

If you have an emergency that will cause your work to be late, please contact
your instructor in advance of the due date so that arrangements can be made. Your
instructor may reserve the right to deduct points for work turned in late based on the
reason and the timeliness of notice.

If a technical problem prevents you from meeting the scheduled due

date, please contact the Help Desk at 1-800-594-2402 and immediately email
your instructor about the situation.

How can I get extra credit?

Extra credit is not an option.

Questions and Concerns

Please feel free to contact me for help with coursework or other areas that may
impact your progress. Here are some examples.

Do you have general questions about attendance, deadlines regarding

your courses, student financial aid, or other areas?

Are you a member of the military service? Do you need to adjust your
schedule due to active duty, or do you have questions about your GI Bill benefits or
have other unforeseen military and veteran-related issues that have developed?

Do you need supplementary student assistance? Please let me know if

you are having academic difficulty and would like an ADA accommodation. Although I
can talk with you about getting assistance, an excellent point of contact is the Office
of Student Disability Services. You can reach the Office by calling 877-496-9050,
option 3, or by e-mailing

Regardless of your situation, please feel free to contact me for assistance in

whatever area of concern you might have. I will do everything I can to assist you or
put you in contact with University colleagues who are trained to assist you in
whatever area of concern you might have.
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