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Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

SOCI 331: Juvenile Delinquency

Course 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

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Siegel, Welsh, and Senna. (2014). Juvenile Delinquency: Theory, Practice, and Law (12). Cengage Learning.
    • [ISBN-978-1-285-45840-3]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

This course examines the concept of delinquency and the theories behind its continued growth in the last 35 years. We will review society's reaction to juvenile delinquency and examine the changes that need to be made to deal with the growing problem.


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. 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.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion (8) 240 24%
Dropbox Assignments (4) 240 24%
Quizzes (7) 70 7%
Final Research Paper (1) 200 20%
Final Exam (1) 250 25%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 30 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 1 10 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 30 Wednesday/Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 1 60 Sunday
Quiz 2 10
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 30 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 3 10 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 30 Wednesday/Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 2 60 Sunday
Quiz 4 10
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 30 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 5 10 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 30 Wednesday/Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 3 60 Sunday
Quiz 6 10
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 30 Wednesday/Saturday
Research Paper 200 Sunday
Quiz 7 10
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 30 Wednesday/Saturday
Dropbox Assignment 4 60 Saturday
Final Exam 250
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussion Assignments

Post your answers to two Discussion Questions in the Discussion Thread (by Wednesday). Read and comment on the postings of two classmates for each Discussion Assignment (by Saturday). You are expected to thoroughly research the assignment and present information others have not presented in their discussion. References and sources are to be listed. You may interview individuals currently employed or retired from criminal justice and use them as a reference.

Quizzes

A quiz consists of 20 questions. There is a 30 minute time limit, and once the quiz is started it cannot be stopped. Students are encouraged to click “save” after responding to each question. Quizzes must be taken within the week the quiz is assigned. Quizzes cannot be made-up or retaken.

Dropbox Assignments

Dropbox Assignments should be thoroughly researched and reported. References and sources should be listed in MLA or APA format. The average length paper is two to three pages. You may interview individuals currently employed or retired from the criminal justice system and use them as a reference. All writing assignments must be original work for this course. Do not submit a paper used in another course. Do not cut and paste paragraphs of information into your paper. All source material should be paraphrased in your own words. Short quotations are allowed.

Final Research Paper

Review the theories listed in your text regarding the causes of juvenile delinquency as outlined in chapters 3-5. Select the theory or theories (maximum of 3) you most clearly believe to be an accurate explanation of delinquency in this country. Spend 2 to 3 pages explaining the history of the theories and write about the studies that have been conducted.

Based upon the theory or theories (maximum of 2) you have selected, write about the appropriate program(s) that would be most effective in preventing juvenile delinquency. You must name a SPECIFIC program. You cannot just say “effective intervention,” for example. The idea is that the theory and program need to be validly connected. If for example, you select a biological theory, then the treatment would involve diet, medication, exercise etc. The idea behind this assignment is to ensure that you can make an accurate connection between the theory and the prevention program.

The paper must have a minimum of 5 properly cited references, and the body of your report should be 6 to 8 pages. You can use either MLA or APA format. The paper is due Sunday of Week Seven.

Final Exam

The final exam is a proctored test that will consist of 125 multiple-choice questions. Each is worth 2 points. 7 or 8 questions come from each assigned textbook chapter (chapters 1-17). Your first response is usually correct. This exam must be completed by Saturday night.


Course Outline

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

Week 1: Childhood and Delinquency; The Nature and Extent of Delinquency
Readings
Chapters 1-2
Discussion 1
Please answer any two of the following:

1.) What are some of the risk factors for juvenile delinquency?
2.) At what age should the accused be tried as an adult? Should juveniles receive the same sentences as adults?
3.) Discuss delinquency and “parens patriae.” Do you believe this concept is applicable today?
4.) What does research tell us about the relationship between juvenile delinquency and race?
5.) What are parental responsibility laws? Do you agree or disagree with these laws?

After you have answered two questions (please try to complete this by Wednesday), make comments to two students regarding their answers to one or both of the questions by Saturday.
Quiz 1
The quiz for chapters 1 and 2 will be available Monday through Sunday.
Week 2: Individual and Societal Views of Delinquency
Readings
Chapters 3-4
Discussion 2
Please answer any two of the following:

1.) Which psychological theories best explain the causes of juvenile delinquency?
2.) Define choice and trait theories. Do you agree or disagree that people, rather than society, must change?
3.) How can crime situational crime prevention lower juvenile crime rates?
4.) What is the relationship between intelligence and delinquency?
5.) Discuss the social factors believed to cause or affect delinquent behavior.

After you have answered two questions (please try to complete this by Wednesday), make comments to two students regarding their answers to one of both of the questions by Saturday.
Dropbox Assignment 1
Submit to the Dropbox a formal research paper on ONE of the following: (Information on these topics can be found in Chapter 1 – 4.)

1.) Discuss the methods for collecting data on juvenile delinquency. Which method do you believe is most reliable?
2.) How effective are Evidence-Based Juvenile Justice Programs?
3.) Describe two specific sociological theories and indicate how each could be used in dealing with juveniles.
Quiz 2
The quiz for chapters 3 and 4 will be available Monday through Sunday.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Social Reaction, Conflict, and Delinquency; Developmental Theories of Delinquency Life-Course
Readings
Chapters 5-6
Discussion 3
Please answer any two of the following:

1.) How does labeling theory explain delinquent behavior?
2.) What will be the impact of globalization on youth crime?
3.) Based on your personal experience or case histories, which theories apply best to explain how individuals become delinquent?
4.) How does Sampson and Laub’s Age-graded Theory explain delinquent behavior?
5.) How can delinquency be understood by problem behavior syndrome?

After you have answered two questions (please try to complete this by Wednesday), make comments to two students regarding their answers to one or both of the questions by Saturday.
Quiz 3
The quiz for chapters 5 and 6 will be available Monday through Sunday.
Week 4: Gender and Delinquency; The Family and Delinquency
Readings
Chapters 7-8
Discussion 4
Please answer any two of the following:

1.) How do gender differences impact the way youth are treated in the juvenile justice system?
2.) How has liberal feminism influenced thinking about delinquency?
3.) How have changes in family life impacted juveniles?
4.) Do divorce and parental deviance affect delinquent behavior?
5.) What is the relationship between racial class and abuse?

After you have answered two questions (please try to complete this by Wednesday), make comments to two students regarding their answers to one or both of the questions by Saturday.
Dropbox Assignment 2
Submit to the Dropbox a formal research paper on ONE of the following: (Information on these topics can be found in Chapters 5-8.)

1.) List and explain the elements generally included in restorative justice programs. What is your view of these programs?
2.) Compare and contrast three forms of developmental theory.
3.) Discuss the strategies utilized with at-risk youth. If you were asked to fund one of the interventions, which would it be? Explain your rationale.
Quiz 4
The quiz for chapters 7 and 8 will be available Monday through Sunday.
Week 5: Peers and Delinquency; Schools and Delinquency
Readings
Chapters 9-10
Discussion 5
Please answer any two of the following:

1.) What is the relationship between school failure and delinquency?
2.) What are some of the main reasons students drop out of school?
3.) Describe the characteristics of school bullying.
4.) What motivates individuals to join gangs?
5.) What are some of the ways gangs are categorized?

After you have answered two questions (please try to complete this by Wednesday), make comments to two students regarding their answers to one or both of the questions by Saturday.
Quiz 5
The quiz for chapters 9 and 10 will be available Monday through Sunday.
Week 6: Drug Use and Delinquency ; Prevention: Social and Developmental
Readings
Chapters 11-12
Discussion 6
Please answer any two of the following:

1.) What is the difference between delinquency prevention and delinquency control?
2.) Explain the public health approach to delinquency prevention.
3.) What elements in contemporary American culture support drug use?
4.) Explain social disorganization as a rationale for drug use. Do you agree with this theory?
5.) Should drugs be legalized? Discuss pros and cons.

After you have answered two questions (please try to complete this by Wednesday), make comments to two students regarding their answers to one or both of the questions by Saturday.
Dropbox Assignment 3
Submit to the Dropbox a formal research paper on ONE of the following: (Information on these topics can be found in Chapters 9-12.)

1.) Describe two or more types of effective delinquency prevention programs.
2.) What are the principles of the most effective programs to reduce gang delinquency? (Check out the article by David Kennedy in Newsweek, September 25, 2011, “God, It’s Got to Stop.”)
3.) What can be done to reduce juvenile drug use? Is decriminalization a possible solution?
Quiz 6
The quiz for chapters 11 and 12 will be available Monday through 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.
Week 7: Juvenile Justice Then and Now; Police Work with Juveniles
Readings
Chapters 13-14
Discussion 7
Please answer any two of the following:

1.) What was the Child Saving Movement? Were they really child savers?
2.) What are the similarities and differences between the adult and juvenile justice systems?
3.) What are the advantages of teen courts? State your perspective on these courts.
4.) What is the Community-Policing Model? Can it help to prevent juvenile crimes?
5.) Do race, gender, and ethnicity impact police decision making? What other factors influence police discretion?

After you have answered two questions (please try to complete this by Wednesday), make comments to two students regarding their answers to one or both of the questions by Saturday.
Research Paper
Post your final research paper to the Dropbox by Sunday night.
Quiz 7
The quiz for chapters 13 and 14 will be available Monday through Sunday.
Week 8: Juvenile Court; Juvenile Corrections; Delinquency and Juvenile Justice Abroad
Readings
Chapters 15-17
Discussion 8
Please answer any two of the following:

1.) What are the pros and cons of transferring youths to adult court?
2.) What are the most common dispositions for juvenile offenders? In your opinion what works best?
3.) Do Wilderness Programs and Boot Camp Programs help to rehabilitate juvenile offenders?
4.) What are some of the new approaches for providing probation services to juveniles?
5.) How can restorative justice work for juveniles?
6.) Discuss how juvenile delinquency is handled in at least one foreign country.

After you have answered two questions (please try to complete this by Wednesday), make comments to two students regarding their answers to one or both of the questions by Saturday.
Dropbox Assignment 4
Submit to the Dropbox a formal research paper on ONE of the following: (Information on these topics can be found in Chapters 13 -17.)

1.) Describe some of the landmark Supreme Court decisions that have influenced present-day juvenile justice procedures.
2.) How are children processed by the juvenile justice system from arrest to reentry into society?
3.) Discuss the key issues of the preadjudicatory stage of juvenile justice including detention, intake, diversion, pretrial release, plea bargaining and waiver.
Final Exam
This exam will be composed of 125 multiple-choice questions. You will have two hours to complete the exam. The exam must be completed by Saturday night and must be taken with a proctor. See information below about proctor requirements.
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.


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

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

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 discussion posts will be accepted. Failure to turn in assignments by the due date may result in the student failing the course. Emergencies should be communicated and documented to the instructor as soon as possible. No assignments will be accepted after midnight Saturday of Week 8.

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.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


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 Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. 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.


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