Sometimes innocent people are convicted of crimes. When mistakes are made, no one pays a higher price than the wrongfully convicted. Using the lens of social science — including sociology, criminology, psychology, and other disciplines — students in this course will examine cases in the United States criminal justice system that have ended with the conviction of the innocent. This course aims to help us understand how and where mistakes occur in our criminal justice system, and what can be done in cases of wrongful conviction.

ABOUT THE COURSE

This 3-credit CRIM course employs the perspective of the social scientist to examine the disparities in the criminal justice system and to explore the risks, factors, and policies that can result in wrongful convictions. The course counts towards a GS as part of the general education requirements.

This course is being offered in conjunction with the Penn State Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled, “Presumed Innocent? The Social Science of Wrongful Conviction.” The course syllabus, format, and frequently asked questions about MOOC/MOCC offerings are available at the Coursera page.

To earn 3 credits for the course, students will participate in the MOOC via the Coursera platform. In addition, students earning credit for the course will have expanded required course work, including readings and other assignments, which will be available on Penn State’s ANGEL course management system.

TUITION

Special reduced tuition rate: $999 ($333 per credit)
SPECIAL NOTE: To enable this special tuition rate and if you are a student taking other courses this summer you have registered for through eLion, you will be receiving a separate bill for this course (CRIM 201) outside of eLion.

If you are a current Penn State student taking 12 or more credits in summer session, you will pay the flat rate tuition.

HOW TO REGISTER

If you are a first-year Penn State student with a Summer or Fall admission:

  • Consult your academic advisor, or your NSO advisor, to determine if the course may satisfy degree requirements for your intended major
  • Download the Registration Form (Adobe PDF).
  • Print the form and either scan or fax the completed form to the contact information below.

If you are a current Penn State student:

  • Consult your academic advisor, or your college advising center, to determine if the course may satisfy degree requirements for your intended major
  • Download the Registration Form (Adobe PDF).
  • Print the form and either scan or fax the completed form to the contact information below.

If you are NOT a current Penn State student:

If you are a high school student:

  • Please complete this Nondegree Enrollment Form (Adobe PDF).
  • Download the Registration Form (Adobe PDF).
  • Provide a copy of your high school transcript(s).
  • Provide your SAT/ACT/PSAT scores.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your adviser or counselor stating that you are capable of doing college course work.
  • Submit all of the above materials to registration@outreach.psu.edu.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the credit option for this course, please contact:
Penn State World Campus Registrar Office
Phone: 814-863-5256 or 800-252-3592
Email: registration@outreach.psu.edu
Fax: 814-865-3290

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