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AbstractI ; ' Challenges and Advice Criminal justice is catching up to the rest of the world and becoming "evidence-based," which basically means that the public is getting tired of politicians and bureaucrats who base public policy on fearmongering and wishful thinking, wasting money on policies and programs that don't do what they're supposed to do. To make a career in this new world~ you will have to have a healthy respect for, and understanding of, the research that produces the evidence upon which sound policy should rest, and the ability to critically appraise the quality-the validity-of the "facts" you encounter and are expected to use in your work .. In this and your other courses, try to be active learners. Modern cognitive psychology has demonstrated the value of using mwtiple learning strategies, and of engaging in what is called "deep processing" -really challenging the materi:¥, trying to understand where it came from and why it is important, arguing with students, friends, and the professor about it. The only way to understand the major issues and controversies. in criminology is to engage in this kind of learning-for any issue on which you have a strong opinion, there is a perfectly intelligent, morally-upright person who believes precisely the opposite. Effective thinkers can understand others' points of view and how and why they arrived at them, even if they don't agree. Anything I can do to help, let me know. If you can't get to my office hours, please arrange with me to meet at a mutually convenient time. I am looking forward to a stimulating semester. Policy on Attendance You will be expected to attend every class. Each unjustified absence will reduce your final grade for the course by 3%. A justified absence is one for which you have a medical excuse or a compelling personal reason, and about which you have notified me in advance except in the case of a true emergency. Legitimate justifications include, but are not limited to, your own serious injury or illness, or that of a household · meniber; a change in work schedule, but only if failing to show up at work would get you fired; or an automobile or other type of accident on the way to class. Some examples of unjustified absences include having to pick someone up at the airport, a change in work schedule over which you have some control (for example, volunteering to cover someone else's shift), or taking a friend to the doctor in a non-emergency situation. Policy on Late Work If you need an extension ori any work, please let me know, and we can talk about it. If you hand work in late Without notifying me, you will lose points. The amount of points you lose will depend upon the assignment and how late it is. Readings This course has three textbooks, available at the Fitchburg State University bookstore. The first is Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, by Ronet Bachman and Russell K.. Schutt, publis~ed by Sage. It's currently up to the third edition (ISBN 978-1-4833-3345-8, published in 2014), but you may use either of the previous editions instead, if you wish. This is the same book used in Fitchburg State's undergraduate CJ methods and data analysis courses, so most of you should have a copy.