Juvenile Justice

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
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

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 Criminal Justice 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.

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:

Book Essay 50 points
Exams (11) 100 points
Discussions (20 pts. each) 220 points
PowerPoint Presentation 100 points
Class Participation 30 points
Total: 500 points


Grading Scale
A 450 - 500 points
B 400 - 449 points
C 350 - 399 points
D 300 - 349 points
F 0 - 299 points


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