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Teaching Criminology During a Pandemic

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During the Spring semester of 2020 as news of Covid-19 spread across the U.S., most university professors were faced with the daunting task of abruptly halting in-person pedagogies and shifting to various online instruction platforms. Rather than moving forward as if it were a normal semester, some instructors revised their syllabi, set up course management systems, and altered their assignments as a part of broader pandemic pedagogies. This alternate assignment was created to allow students in an introductory level Criminology class the opportunity to make critical connections between what they had been learning throughout the semester and the emerging pandemic. Students were part of two small (25 person) Introduction to Criminology course sections at a liberal arts university. After gathering student feedback via an electronic class survey, I decided to offer students an opportunity to write this paper in lieu of taking an online multiple-choice exam. Over half of the students (28/49) chose this option, which suggests that many were eager to make these connections. The paper assessed three learning outcomes: 1) students’ ability to articulate how criminological phenomena can change during a global health crisis, 2) students’ capacity to apply relevant theoretical frameworks to noted criminological changes during Covid-19, and 3) students’ ability to reflect on how one concept in the course helped them to better understand their lived experiences during the pandemic. Outcomes were assessed via the completed paper. Almost three quarters of students were able to successfully demonstrate the aforementioned three learning goals and scored at least...

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Resource Type(s):
Assignment 
Author(s):
Reginald A Byron 
Date Published:
10/21/2020 
Subject Area:
Criminology/Delinquency 
Class Level:
any 
Class Size:
Small 
Language:
English 


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Most students were excited about the opportunity to write this paper. In fact, student feedback included some who suggested that they found this alternative paper “very interesting to write and reflect on” and others who thanked me for the creating space for them to process their initial Covid-19 experiences. As...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Students will be able to articulate how criminological phenomena can change during a global health crisis.
Assessment 1:
The first learning goal was assessed via the first prompt (first three pages) of a submitted paper.
Goal 2:
Students will be able to apply relevant theoretical frameworks to noted criminological changes during Covid-19.
Assessment 2:
The second learning goal was assessed via the second prompt (next two pages) of a submitted paper.
Goal 3:
Students will be able to critically reflect on how one concept in the course helped them to better understand their lived experiences during the pandemic.
Assessment 3:
The third learning goal was assessed via the third prompt (last page) of a submitted paper.

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