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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 331
Course Title: Juvenile Delinquency
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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): Junior standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Juvenile Delinquency: Mainstream and Crosscurrents
By Fuller, John Randolph (Oxford)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth
By Hubner, John (Random House)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts
Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework
By Howell, James (Buddy) C. (Sage)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts
No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court
By Humes, Edward (Simon & Schuster)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts
Punished: POlicing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys
By Rios, Victor M. (NYU Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts
America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia.
By Singer, Simon I. (NYU Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts
Juvenile In Justice
By Ross, Richard (Richard Ross)
Category/Comments - Supplemental Texts
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the historical development of the juvenile justice system.
  2. Identify the components of different theories of juvenile delinquency.
  3. Explain the role of family, peer groups, schools, and drug abuse in juvenile delinquency.
  4. Evaluate treatment programs for juvenile offenders.
  5. Describe the role of the police, courts, and the juvenile justice system in addressing delinquency.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Measuring delinquency.
  • History of the juvenile justice system.
  • Classical theories of delinquency.
  • Biological and psychological theories.
  • Sociological theories.
  • Critical, life-course theories.
  • Female delinquency.
  • The family and delinquency.
  • Schools and delinquency
  • Gangs and delinquency
  • Drugs and delinquency
  • Policing
  • Juvenile courts
  • Juvenile corrections
  • Comparative delinquency

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: September 17, 2015
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.

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