There are 16 discussion assignments in the course worth 20 points each. The first is an introductory discussion, and the remaining are topical discussions. You must post your initial response prior to seeing the other posts of your classmates. Initial posts should be at least 2 - 3 paragraphs (minimum 250 words), reflecting a solid grasp of the course content, and include original thoughts on the topic. You must provide substantive support for ideas and cite sources where appropriate. Use APA or ASA style for any citations in your discussion posts, and also include an APA or ASA formatted reference list at the end of your initial post. Initial posts are worth 15 points. The odd numbered discussion assignment each week has an initial post due date of Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. The even numbered assignment each week has an initial post due date of Friday at 11:59 pm CT.
You are required to reply to at least 2 of your classmates. Response posts should be substantive, and approximately 1-2 paragraphs (minimum 100 words). If course content is tied in conceptually, then cite as appropriate. The 2 response posts are worth a total of 5 points. Response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday during Weeks 1-7, and by 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.
There are 3 writing assignments for this course that culminate in a research paper related to juvenile delinquency or juvenile justice. With the exception of the first assignment, submissions should be written in essay-format; APA or ASA is the expected style.
Dropbox Assignment 1: Annotated Bibliography and Outline
Your first dropbox assignment will be a topic selection, annotated bibliography, and outline for your Juvenile Research Paper. In this first research component, you will submit a statement (single sentence is fine) of the research topic you intend to explore. You will provide an annotated bibliography (approximately 150 words per annotation) of the four required peer-reviewed resources. Your course text may count as one of those sources. Review the Content area for more resources on how to write an annotated bibliography and locating scholarly sourcing. After your annotations, you will provide a preliminary outline of your research paper. Be sure to reference the final Research Paper expectations as you develop this assignment. This assignment is worth 50 points.
Dropbox Assignment 1: Annotated Bibliography and Outline is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 3.
Dropbox Assignment 2: Topic Exploration Paper
With this second dropbox assignment, you will examine, with scholarly research, the topic related to juvenile delinquency/justice you have chosen for your research paper, explaining the issue that is in need of reform. You will engage your sociological imaginations and include an analysis of the social issues that correlate to the topic and incorporate an explanation of the sociological theory (social structure, social process, subcultural or social reaction theories) that best applies to an evaluation of your topic. This paper should include a title page, abstract, and properly formatted reference list. The body the paper should comprise approximately 3-5 pages (750 – 1250 words), and this does not include the title page, abstract, and reference list. This assignment is worth 100 points.
Dropbox Assignment 2: Topic Exploration Paper is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 5.
Dropbox Assignment 3: Final Juvenile Research Paper
This third, and final, dropbox assignment will build upon your second paper. After making any corrections proposed in feedback from previous draft submission, you will include additional focus and reflection upon policy suggestions for your chosen topic. The suggested policy change should be addressed within your scholarly research, be politically feasible as well as economically possible, and consistent with democratic ideals. The content should comprise a description of the social issue and an analysis of the issue reflecting correlating factors from research and sociological theory and present a proposal for policy to address the issue. The paper should include a title page, abstract, body of paper, and properly sourced reference list. The body of paper should comprise approximately 8-10 pages (2000 – 2500 words), and this does not include the title page, abstract, and reference list. This assignment is worth 150 points.
Your Dropbox Assignment 3: Final Juvenile Research Paper is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 7.
There are 6 open-book quizzes that cover textbook chapter readings worth 20 points each. These quizzes consist of 10 multiple-choice items, and can be found in the Quizzes Area of the course. You are allowed 15 minutes, and 1 attempt, to complete each. Quizzes are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday during their respective weeks.
There is a midterm exam and final exam. Only the final exam is proctored. Both exams cover all course chapter readings, supplemental readings, or videos as assigned, and are available in the Quizzes area of the course. You will have 1 attempt, and 120 minutes, to complete each exam. Each test consists of multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions.
The midterm exam is worth 120 points, and covers Weeks 1 - 4. It will be open from 12:01 am CT Tuesday through 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4.
The proctored final exam is worth 140 points, and covers Weeks 5 - 8. This exam is closed book, meaning no notes, textbooks, or other reference materials are allowed. It will be open from 12:01 am CT Tuesday through 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.