Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

MSCJ 567: Seminar In Juvenile Justice

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  Course 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.

Prerequisite: MSCJ 500, MSCJ 501, MSCJ 510, MSCJ 524

Proctored Exams: None



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Whitehead, J. T., & Lab, S. P. (2015). Juvenile justice: An introduction (8th). Waltham, MA: Anderson Publishing Co.  eText

Bookstore Information

Ed Map is Columbia College’s bookstore for Online, Nationwide, and Evening students.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the Ed Map storefront at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials, but may do so through the Ed Map storefront. Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

  Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the problems and trends relating to all aspects of the juvenile justice system. It is designed to allow for debate, discussion, and interaction between the professor and students. This is an exciting subject because debate continues over many of the issues in juvenile justice.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the origins, evolution and rationale for the American juvenile justice system.
  2. Explain and apply the tools developed for measurement and prevention of juvenile crime and victimization.
  3. Describe and evaluate the roles and procedures employed by criminal justice entities in dealing with juvenile offenders.
  4. Explain evaluate and apply important theories regarding juvenile justice issues.
  5. Articulate the relationship between philosophy, theory, policy, law and practice in the juvenile justice system.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
F 0-699 0-69%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 265 26%
Topic Papers (3) 360 36%
Final Research Paper 375 38%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion -- Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 1 35

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Topic Paper 1 120 Wednesday
Discussion 2 30 Wednesday/Sunday

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 35 Wednesday/Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Topic Paper 2 120 Wednesday
Discussion 4 30 Wednesday/Sunday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 35 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion: Final Research Paper Topic Approval -- Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Topic Paper 3 120 Wednesday
Discussion 6 30 Wednesday/Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 35 Wednesday/Sunday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 35 Wednesday/Saturday
Final Research Paper 375 Friday
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

There are 2 ungraded and 8 graded discussions in the course. The ungraded discussions include a student introduction discussion and an approval discussion for the final research paper. Graded discussion assignments are designed to increase the knowledge of juvenile justice topics through research and the opinions of students and the professor. The two types of graded discussions relate to critical thinking and the Topic Paper assignments.

Critical Thinking Discussions

These discussions occur during Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8. Within each critical thinking discussion assignment there are multiple prompts that students select from. You must post initial responses to 2 discussion prompts of their choosing by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of their respective week. These initial posts are worth up to 25 points each. They need to demonstrate a clear and critical review of the topic with scholarly research. Initial posts need to be at least 3 paragraphs in length with satisfactory composition skills. They must also include at least 2 references, with citations being in APA format.

You must provide critical response posts to at least 2 classmates by 11:59 pm CT Sunday during their respective week. The exception to this is that responses are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8. These response posts are worth up to 10 points. Response posts need to be at least 2 paragraphs in length with satisfactory composition skills. They need to include at least 2 references, with citations being in APA format.

Topic Paper Discussions

These discussions occur during Weeks 2, 4, and 6. The purpose of these assignments are to generate further discussion about the various questions and issues in the juvenile justice system addressed in the Topic Paper assignments. You are to provide a copy of your final Topic Papers as an attachment in an initial post to the appropriate discussion by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday during their respective week. This initial posting is not worth points, but it is a requirement.

You will need to provide critical response posts of at least 2 paragraphs to 2 classmates’ Topic Papers regarding its subject matter content in the appropriate Discussion. Topic Paper response posts are worth up to 15 points each. You are to analyze and evaluate the content of the Topic Papers based on textbook reading and other outside sources. You must include at least 2 approved sources, with citations being in APA format. Acceptable sources include the World Wide Web, textbooks, scholarly journals, and interviews of individuals currently employed or retired from the criminal justice system. Topic Paper response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday during their respective week.

Topic Papers

There are 3 Topic Papers that worth 120 points each that have you address various questions and issues in the juvenile justice system. There should be a clear and critical review of the topic that provides evidence of scholarly research. Topic Papers must include at least 2 approved sources, and citations are to be in APA format. Acceptable sources include the World Wide Web, textbooks, scholarly journals, and interviews of individuals currently employed or retired from the criminal justice system. These assignments should be 2 – 3 pages with satisfactory composition skills. You must submit Topic Papers by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday during Weeks 2, 4, 6 to the appropriate dropbox.

Final Research Paper

For this assignment, you are to thoroughly research and report on new or current direction, new trend, new or current legal issue, or new or current program in juvenile justice by:

  • Describing the topic you are researching
  • Discussing in detail the concepts and theories behind the innovative trend or program
  • Including your own critical review and perspective

Topic proposals must be submitted for approval by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 5 in the appropriate discussion. The paper is worth 375 points, and should reflect professionalism and satisfactory composition skills. The paper must be in APA format, have a body of 10-12 pages, and include at least 8 peer-reviewed sources. Research papers are due by 11:59 pm CT Friday of Week 8.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings

Textbook: Chapters 1 and 2

Introduction Discussion

Write a paragraph about yourself. Include what you would like to do when you complete the Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at Columbia College.

Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday, and response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion 1

Provide a clear and critical review of 2 of the following topics while utilizing scholarly research.

  • What is the philosophy of the juvenile courts in your state?
  • What is the appropriate age for treating someone as a juvenile?
  • Has there been a rise in juvenile crime in your community? Is this a trend nationwide?
  • Should juveniles be sentenced to life terms with no possibility of parole?

Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday, and response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Readings

Textbook: Chapters 3 and 4

Topic Paper 1

Submit a formal research paper on 1 of the following in the appropriate dropbox:

  • What are the implications for juvenile justice of biological and biosocial theories?
  • Pick two specific psychological theories and indicate how each could be used in dealing with juveniles.
  • What positive changes have taken place in the juvenile justice system due to sociological theories?
  • Based on your personal experience or case histories, which theories apply best to explain how an individual becomes delinquent?
  • What role does mental illness play in criminal behavior?

Topic Paper 1 is due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 2.

Discussion 2

In an initial post, submit, as an attachment, a final copy of your Topic Paper 1 by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

You are to provide critical responses of at least 2 paragraphs to 2 classmates’ Topic Paper 1 assignments. Make sure to analyze and evaluate the Topic Paper based on textbook reading and other outside sources. These response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Readings

Textbook: Chapters 5 and 6

Discussion 3

Provide a clear and critical review of 2 of the following topics while utilizing scholarly research.

  • What motivates individuals to join gangs?
  • What are the principles of the most effective programs to reduce gang delinquency?
  • What can be done to reduce juvenile drug use?
  • Should handgun training be given to custodians, teachers, and administrators to attempt to end gun violence in schools?

Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday, and response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Readings

Chapter 7

Topic Paper 2

Submit a formal research paper on 1 of the following in the appropriate dropbox:

  • Research the debate as to whether juvenile curfew laws reduce crime of victimization.
  • What policing models work best with juveniles?
  • Evaluate the “Broken Windows” approach to dealing with juvenile crime.
  • What can be done to improve the attitude of juveniles towards police?
  • What factors can cause juveniles to act violently?

Topic Paper 2 is due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 4.

Discussion 4

In an initial post, submit, as an attachment, a final copy of your Topic Paper 2 by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

You are to provide critical responses of at least 2 paragraphs to 2 classmates’ Topic Paper 2 assignments. Make sure to analyze and evaluate the Topic Paper based on textbook reading and other outside sources. These response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Readings

Textbook: Chapters 8 and 9

Discussion 5

Provide a clear and critical review of 2 of the following topics while utilizing scholarly research.

  • Comment on the increased punitiveness in juvenile justice.
  • Discuss juvenile’s rights in schools and in the community.
  • Describe recent Supreme Court Cases that have impacted juveniles’ rights.

Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday, and response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Discussion: Final Research Paper Topic Approval

Describe the new or current trend, program, or legal issue in juvenile justice that you will research. Include your perspective and the concepts and theories regarding your topic.

Topic proposals are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 5.

Readings

Chapter 10

Topic Paper 3

Submit a formal research paper on 1 of the following in the appropriate dropbox:

  • Research the effectiveness of behavior modification in juvenile correctional institutions.
  • Research the rationale and effectiveness of boot camps.
  • Describe the reality of institutional life for juveniles.
  • Discuss some of the new trends in institutional interventions.
  • Discuss how juvenile delinquency is handled in at least one foreign country.

Topic Paper 3 is due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 6.

Discussion 6

In an initial post, submit, as an attachment, a final copy of your Topic Paper 3 by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday.

You are to provide critical responses of at least 2 paragraphs to 2 classmates’ Topic Paper 3 assignments. Make sure to analyze and evaluate the Topic Paper based on textbook reading and other outside sources. These response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Readings

Textbook: Chapters 11 and 12

Discussion 7

Provide a clear and critical review of 2 of the following topics while utilizing scholarly research.

  • Report on a community corrections approach that is working where you live. Why is it working?
  • What are the key elements for Restorative Justice for juveniles? Do you believe this approach can work?
  • Can community corrections work for violent offenders?
  • Read the article “To Stop Crime, Hand Over Cash,” in the New York Times (July 5, 2015). Does this seem like a good approach to reducing gun violence?

Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday, and response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

Readings

Textbook: Chapters 13 and 14

Discussion 8

Provide a clear and critical review of 2 of the following topics while utilizing scholarly research.

  • What are some typical responses that juveniles make to being victims of crime? Do these responses seem reasonable and valid?
  • Which reform proposals for the juvenile court do you think would be positive? What criminological theories are behind these proposals?
  • Describe the agencies that deal with the juveniles who have been victimized.
  • What is the relationship between theory and practice in the juvenile justice system?

Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday, and response posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.

Final Research Paper

You are to investigate a new or current direction, new trend, new or current legal issue, or new or current program in juvenile justice. Briefly describe the topic you are researching. Discuss in detail the concepts and theories behind the innovative trend or program. Include your perspective on the topic. References and sources are to be listed in APA format. The body of your report should be 10 to 12 pages.

Your Final Research Paper is due by 11:59 pm CT Friday of Week 8.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late assignments accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have questions about the Ed Map storefront, please contact the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.