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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: MSCJ 567
Course Title: Seminar in Juvenile Justice
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Analysis of all aspects of the juvenile justice system and process. Topics include history, movements toward diversion and deinstitutionalization, police interaction, court co-process, due process and community intervention. Included is an examination of the law as it relates to juvenile justice and future trends in the field. Prerequisites: MSCJ 500, MSCJ 501, MSCJ 510, MSCJ 524.
 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): MSCJ 500, MSCJ 501, MSCJ 510, MSCJ 524.
 
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many suitable textbooks are available from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable in meeting course objectives. Many current textbooks have companion websites, and the instructor is encouraged to enhance the course experience for the student by utilizing available technology.

Juvenile Justice in America
By Bartollas and Miller (Prentice Hall)
Recommended
The Juvenile Justice System, Delinquency, Processing and the Law
By Champion (Prentice Hall)
Recommended
Juvenile Justice: A Guide to Practice and Theory
By Cox, Conrad and Allen (McGraw Hill)
Recommended
Juvenile Justice
By Drowns and Hess (Wadsworth)
Recommended
Juvenile Justice: Theory, Systems, and Organization
By Houston and Barton (Prentice Hall)
Recommended
Juvenile Justice: An Introduction
By Whitehead, J.T. and Lab, S. (Anderson Publishing)
Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To understand and appreciate the history and evolution of the juvenile justice system.
  • To gain experience with common terminology, methods, theories and policy approaches used and applied by professionals in the juvenile justice system.
  • To understand the interrelationship between philosophy, procedural requirements, law and practice within the juvenile justice system.
  • To apply competing methods and theories to real and hypothetical problems in the juvenile justice system.
  • To demonstrate critical thinking, research, and writing skills on juvenile justice issues.
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    Measurable Learning
    Outcomes:
  • Explain the origins of the American juvenile justice system.
  • Describe the evolution of and philosophical underpinnings for the American juvenile justice system.
  • Analyze and apply the tools developed for measure of juvenile crime and victimization.
  • Construct profiles of the juvenile offender.
  • Explain the social context of juvenile crime.
  • Describe and evaluate the roles and procedures employed by law enforcement in dealing with juvenile offenders.
  • Explain and evaluate the roles and procedures performed by juvenile courts in processing juvenile offenders.
  • Identify, compare and evaluate the available and contemplated correctional alternatives designed for juvenile offenders.
  • Construct arguments for and against proposed reforms in the juvenile justice system.
  • Explain, evaluate and apply important theories regarding juvenile justice issues.
  • Describe the relationship between philosophy, theory, law and practice in the juvenile justice system.
  • Appraise current literature, materials, and developments regarding juvenile justice issues.
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    Topical Outline:
  • An overview of juvenile justice
  • Research and theory in juvenile justice
  • Historical and philosophical roots of the system
  • The measurement of juvenile crime and victimization
  • Profile of the juvenile offender
  • The social context of juvenile crime
  • Law enforcement and the juvenile offender
  • Juvenile courts -- tradition, change, and procedure
  • Corrections and the juvenile offender
  • Special approaches of corrections and the juvenile offender
  • Global issues in juvenile justice
  • New directions in juvenile justice
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    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

     
    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

     
    Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: September 21, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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