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1 Southeastern Community College P. O. Box 151 Whiteville, NC (910) COURSE SYLLABUS CJC 113 Juvenile Justice Course Prefix/ Number Course Title Class Hrs Lab Hrs Clin/ Intern Hours Sem Credit Hrs COURSE DESCRIPTION This course covers the juvenile justice system and related juvenile issues. Topics include an overview of the juvenile justice system, treatment and prevention programs, special areas and laws unique to juveniles, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to identify/discuss juvenile court structure/procedures, function and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies, processing/detention of juveniles, and case disposition. GENERAL EDUCATION AT SOUTHEASTERN General education is the part of students' education that assures that all graduates with a degree or diploma receive an appropriately broad and in-depth exposure to knowledge not specifically related to a narrow field of study. General education is an essential part of all degrees and diplomas at Southeastern Community College. Each degree or diploma meets general education outcomes (competencies) at a level appropriate for that degree or diploma, either at college level, degree level, or transfer level. Almost all courses contribute in some way to students having the necessary exposure to develop competency in the general education outcomes developed by the college faculty. All courses used to assess general education outcomes are required in the specific degree or diploma. The college Catalog contains a broader discussion of general education and lists the specific outcomes students must exhibit. Learning outcomes in this course that relate to the college general education outcomes are indicated by the letters GE after the outcome. PREREQUISITIES None

2 COREQUISITES None REQUIRED TEXT See Instructor s Addendum COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completing the course, students will be able to demonstrate the following competencies: 1. To evaluate and analyze the problems of juvenile delinquency in today s modern society (GE). 2. Identify the theories and concepts of juvenile delinquency causation, prevention, treatment, and control (GE). 3. To evaluate contemporary data relating to variations of juvenile delinquency rates with age, sex, race educational status, socio-economical status, and other variables as well as the incidence among juvenile delinquents of various biological, psychological, and social traits, characteristics, and processes. (GE) 4. Identity and discuss juvenile court structure / procedures, function and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies, processing/detention of juveniles, and case disposition (GE). COURSE OUTLINE The Juvenile Justice System The Adolescent Dilemma The Study of Juvenile Delinquency The Development of Childhood The Concept of Delinquency Status Offenders The Dilemma of Delinquency Juvenile Crime, Criminals, and Victims Official Statistics Self-Reported Delinquency Correlates of Delinquency Juvenile Victimization History of the Juvenile Justice System Choice Theory and Classical Criminology The Rational Delinquency Preventing Delinquency Trait Theories: Biosocial and Psychological Views Critiquing Trait Theory Views

3 Trait Theory and Delinquency Prevention Choice, Deterrence, Biological, and Psychological Theories Social Stratification Social Disorganization Theory Cultural Deviance Theories Social Structure Theory and Delinquency Prevention Social Processes and Delinquency Learning Theories Control Theories Developmental Perspectives Constructing Developmental Theories Policy Implications EXAM I Social Structure, Social Process, and Social Reaction Theories Labeling Theory Social Conflict Theory Social Reaction Theories and Delinquency Police and Juveniles Gender Differences in Development Gender Differences and Delinquency Trait Views of Female Delinquency Socialization Views Liberal Feminist Views Radical Feminist Views Gender and the Juvenile Justice System Juvenile Law and Procedure The Changing American Family The Family s Influence on Delinquency Child Abuse and Neglect The Family and Delinquency Prevention The Juvenile Court Adolescent Peer Relations Youth Gangs Contemporary Gangs Why Do Youths Join Gangs? Controlling Gang Activity

4 EXAM II Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System The School in Modern American Society Academic Performance and Delinquency Delinquency within the School The Role of the School in Delinquency Prevention Legal Rights within the School Community-Based Corrections for Juveniles Substances of Abuse Drug Use Today Drug Use Surveys Why Do Youths Take Drugs? Adolescents Who Use Drugs Drug Use and Delinquency Drug Control Strategies Institutional Corrections for Juveniles The Development of Juvenile Justice in the Nineteenth Century A Century of Juvenile Justice The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System The Future of Juvenile Justice Juveniles, Drugs, and Delinquency The Police and Juvenile Offenders The History and Organization of Juvenile Policing Police and the Rule of Law Discretionary Justice Police Work and Delinquency Prevention EXAM III Gangs and Delinquency The Concept of Detention The Intake Process Diversion The Petition and Pretrial Release Transfer to the Adult Court Special Populations The Juvenile Court and Its Jurisdiction Juvenile Courtroom Players Adjudication

5 Constitutional Rights at Trial Disposition The Child s Right to Appeal Juvenile Sentencing Structures Confidentiality in Juvenile Proceedings Delinquency Prevention and Intervention Juvenile Probation Probation Innovations Restitution Community-Based Programs Future Directions in Juvenile Justice The History of Juvenile Institutions Juvenile Institutions Today: Public and Private The Institutionalized Juvenile The Legal Right to Treatment Juvenile Aftercare FINAL EXAM COURSE REQUIREMENTS Students will successfully fulfill the following requirements: 1. Complete the Juvenile Delinquency Study Guide. 2. Take four tests and a final examination. GRADING CRITERIA 1. Course Effectiveness: The effectiveness of the course will be measured by comparing the pretest and the final exam. 2. Methods of Evaluation: Exam I..25% Exam II.25% Exam III 25% Final Exam 25% 100% 3. Grading Scale: A =

6 B = C = D = F = Below 60 STUDENT ACCESS TO INSTRUCTORS Instructor s office hours will appear on an addendum to this syllabus. However, generally full-time faculty members will post office hours to inform students of their availability for interaction and academic assistance. Part-time faculty members will notify students of and provide for their availability outside of class. Students may call the College at (910) and speak with an instructional assistant to schedule appointments with instructors. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Southeastern Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disabilities. Students who require reasonable accommodations for a disability should notify the instructor of the course within the first week of the semester. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS A student may be removed from class for excessive absences provided that (1) the student has previously received a warning notice about excessive absences (either oral or written), and (2) the number accumulated absences exceeds the number of credit hours of the course. Once dropped for excessive absences, a student may not be permitted to reenter the class unless written permission is given by the instructor. A student who misses class due to participation in an official college function must notify the instructor prior to the absence. (An official college function is one that has been approved by the appropriate college vice president.) Under normal circumstances, the absence should not result in the student s total absences exceeding the maximum allowed by the course syllabus. If, however, the absence would result in a violation of the class attendance policy, then the student must obtain written approval from the class instructor in order to be eligible to participate in the official college function. The instructor may have additional attendance requirements; if so, they will be attached to the general course syllabus.

7 SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES 1. Free tutoring is available. 2. During the course; videos, handouts, and guest speakers may be used to supplement class lectures. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION None Rev. 1/11

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