Juvenile Justice

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Course Number: CRIMLJUS 3630
Course Name: Juvenile Justice (Online)
Course Description:    Conceptions of juvenile delinquency; the juvenile offender in the juvenile justice system; the philosophy, structure and function of juvenile courts; legal rights of accused juveniles, correctional theories, and programs in juvenile institutions; methods and models of rehabilitating juvenile offenders and prevention of juvenile delinquency.
Prerequisites:    CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C" or better and junior standing
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Explain juvenile delinquency at both the macro and micro levels using criminological theory.
  • Identify the legal differences between juveniles and adults.
  • Explain the difference between a delinquent and a child in need of protection and service.
  • Discuss community prevention/intervention services.
  • Explain juvenile corrections and probation, community treatment, and institutions.
  • Identify the relationship between drugs, schools, peers, and delinquency.
  • Develop and improve research and writing skills.

Consider a career in CJ that deals specifically with juveniles.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
The first unit of this class provides an overview of the major themes of this course. What does it mean to be a juvenile and more importantly what does it mean to be a juvenile delinquent? A discussion of the extent and nature of juvenile delinquency is provided.

Unit 2
This unit explores individual, sociological, and developmental theories of why juveniles engage in delinquent and criminal behavior.

Unit 3
This unit explores what social, community, and environmental variables influence juvenile delinquency. Gender, family, peers, schools, and drugs will be examined.

Unit 4
This unit reviews how juveniles enter, are processed, and released in the juvenile justice system. It includes a history of the juvenile justice system, along with a review of how the police, courts, and corrections deal specifically with juveniles. It will also look at juvenile delinquency internationally.

Number of Exams:  There are 3 exams for this course.

Number of Assignments:  There are 5 writing assignments, 4 discussions, and a presentation for this course.

Number of Projects:  There are no group projects for this course.

Grading Information
Grades are based on total accumulated points. Grades are not based on percentages and, therefore, will not be rounded at the end of the semester. Your grade will reflect the points that you have earned. The breakdown of points is as follows:

ASSIGNMENTS
Book Essay 50 points
Exam 100 points 11
Discussions (20 points each) 220 points
PowerPoint Presentation 100 points
Class Participation  30 points
TOTAL POINTS 500 points

Grading Scale
A 500-450 points
B 400-449 points
C 350-399 points
D 300-349 points
F Less than 300 points

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