Emphasis on sociological theories concerning the nature, sources, control, and prevention of juvenile delinquency. Topics include current trends in U.S. juvenile crime rates; media coverage of juvenile delinquency; patterns of victimization; characteristics of crimes committed by juveniles. Critical examination of current juvenile correctional policies and practices. Comparison of various treatment models in juvenile delinquency. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered Spring.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Juvenile Delinquency: Mainstream and Crosscurrents
By Fuller, John Randolph (Oxford) Category/Comments - Core Text Recommended
Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth
By Hubner, John (Random House) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework
By Howell, James (Buddy) C. (Sage) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court
By Humes, Edward (Simon & Schuster) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
Punished: POlicing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys
By Rios, Victor M. (NYU Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia.
By Singer, Simon I. (NYU Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
Juvenile In Justice
By Ross, Richard (Richard Ross) Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Explain the historical development of the juvenile justice system.
Identify the components of different theories of juvenile delinquency.
Explain the role of family, peer groups, schools, and drug abuse in juvenile delinquency.
Evaluate treatment programs for juvenile offenders.
Describe the role of the police, courts, and the juvenile justice system in addressing delinquency.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
History of the juvenile justice system.
Classical theories of delinquency.
Biological and psychological theories.
Critical, life-course theories.
The family and delinquency.
Schools and delinquency
Gangs and delinquency
Drugs and delinquency
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
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.