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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:

Most current editions of the following:



Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in American Society
By Sheldon, Randall G. (Waveland)
Category/Comments - Core text
Recommended
Juvenile Delinquency: A Sociological Approach
By Thompson, William E. and Jack E. Bynum (Pearson)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
Juvenile Delinquency: Mainstream and Crosscurrents
By Fuller, John Randolph (Oxford)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
Delinquency in Society
By Rigoli, Robert and John Hewitt (McGraw Hill)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
Juvenile Delinquency: Theory, Practice, and Law (with Infotrac)
By Seigel, Larry J., Brandon C. Welsh, and Joseph J. Senna (Wadsworth/Thompson)
Category/Comments - Core Text
Recommended
Juvenile Delinquency
By Clemens F. Bartollas and Frank Schmalleger (Prentice Hall)
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
G-Dog and the HOmeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles
By Fremon, Celest (University of New Mexico Press)
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
 
Course Objectives
  • To understand youth crime and the development of a separate juvenile justice system.
  • To understand the nature and extent of juvenile crime in the United States today and throughout the 20th century.
  • To master the various theories on the causes of juvenile delinquency.
  • To think critically and analytically about the role of family, child abuse, peer groups, schools, and drug abuse in juvenile delinquency.
  • To analyze the roles of police, courts, the justice system and treatment programs for juvenile offenders.
 
Measurable Learning
Outcomes:
  • Explain the development of a separate justice system to address juvenile crime.
  • Evaluate the competing theoretical perspectives that attempt to explain juvenile crime.
  • Describe the role of the police, courts, and the juvenile justice system in addressing delinquency.
  • Explain the role of family, child abuse, peer groups schools, and drug abuse in juvenile delinquency.
  • Evaluate treatment programs for juvenile offenders.
 
Topical Outline:
  • History of the juvenile justice system
  • Measuring juvenile delinquency
  • Individualistic theories
  • Sociological theories
  • Female delinquency
  • The family and delinquency
  • Schools and delinquency
  • Drugs and delinquency
  • Overview of the juvenile justice system & treatment programs
 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

 
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: Yngve Digernes Date: August 26, 2014
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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