Textbook: Stephen T Holmes & Ronald M Holmes. 2002. Sex Crimes (2nd edition). Sage Publications.
Additional Readings: Additional readings are listed in the class schedule and will be made available
either on the course website OR on the e-reserve readings at the Lied library (also available on line).
Outlines for the class lectures and some of the additional readings will be posted on the course website. The website can
be accessed through Dr. Kennedy’s website, www.alexiskennedy.com Click on the University of Nevada,
Las Vegas Courses link and then select the link to CRJ
450. Assistance is available in the computer laboratories on campus should you have any problems accessing the resources.
This course will explore
the problem of victimization due to criminal sexual behavior, deviant sexual preferences and commercial sexual activities.
The legalization of sexual behavior will be the introductory topic with consideration of how laws reflect social morals. The
psychological and social consequences of being a participant in commercial sex industries such as prostitution and pornography
will be examined. Deviant sexual behavior will be considered through an analysis of paraphilias and fetishes. The consequences
of childhood sexual abuse and incest will be explored in some detail. The course will conclude with an examination of rape
and sexual assault.
Upon completion of this course,
students will possess knowledge about the legality of different types of sexual behavior. Students will also understand the
potential negative consequences of coercive sexual activity.
Disclaimer: The material covered in this course will be graphic and potentially disturbing. Sexual behavior will
be described in clinical but not gratuitous terms. The topic areas, however, may be upsetting or traumatizing to some students.
If you have any concerns about the material covered, you are encouraged to discuss them with the professor.
Mid-term Exam: 30% (October
Paper: 30% (due November
Final Exam: 40% (December
B+ = 87-89%
C+ = 77-79%
D+ = 67-69%
F = 59% or
A = 93-100%
B = 83-86%
C = 73-76%
D = 63-66%
A- = 90-92%
B- = 80-82%
C- = 70-72%
D- = 60-62%
Although attendance is not
mandatory in this course, students may find that attending class is necessary in order to pass. A substantial number of multiple
choice questions on the exams will come from class lecture material and this material may not be covered in the course textbook.
The UNLV Disability Resource
Center (DRC) houses the resources for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations,
you will need to contact the DRC for the coordination of services. The DRC is located in the Student Services Complex (SSC),
Room 137. Their numbers are: (702) 895-0866/Voice; (702) 895-0652/TDD; and (702) 895-0651/Fax. For additional information
please visit http://www.unlv.edu/studentlife/drc. If you feel that you might be eligible for special accommodations, it
is your responsibility to contact the DRC.
Written proof will be required
to make-up exams missed due to illness, death in the family, or observance of religious holidays. Dr. Kennedy should be contacted
prior to or within 24 hours of missing an exam and make-ups will be scheduled at her discretion.
The paper is due in class
on November 18th. Assignments handed in after November 18th will lose 5% per day (including weekend
days) unless accompanied by a medical note. Papers handed in after November 18th should be emailed to Dr. Kennedy
(to assess how many days late it is) and then left in her mailbox at the Department of Criminal Justice.
The University requires all
members of the University Community to familiarize oneself with and to follow copyright and fair use requirements which can
be found at http://www.unlv.edu/committees/copyright/.You are individually and
solely responsible for violations of copyright and fair use laws.
Calendar and Reading Assignments
Incest and Child
Covering Chapters 1,2, 4 &
5 and Assigned Readings