TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Official Course Outline

 

 

 

I.                   Course Prefix/Number/Title:       ADJ 105  The Juvenile Justice System

 

Credit Hours:  3       Lecture Hours:  3      Lab Hours:  0         Total Contact Hours:  3

 

II.                Pre-requisite:  None                   Co-requisite:  None

 

 

III.             Course Description:     Presents the evolution, philosophy, structures and processes of the American juvenile delinquency system; surveys the rights of juveniles, dispositional alternatives, rehabilitation methods and current trends.

 

 

IV.              Course Objectives:  To assist the student to

 

                  ·   Become familiar with the problems of youth in American culture

                                ·   Be familiar with the recent trends in juvenile delinquency

                     ·   Be familiar with the link between family relationships and juvenile delinquency

·   Be able to discuss the role education plays in the lives of contemporary youth

                     ·   Have an understanding of the magnitude of cost to society caused by juvenile crime

                       and violence

·   Have a grasp of some of the different delinquency problems facing the regions of the

     world

 

 

V.                 Course Content:

 

·    Concepts of delinquency
·    The nature and extent of delinquency
·    Schools and their effects on delinquency
·    Social and developmental perspectives and their roles in delinquency prevention
·    The juvenile court process
·    Juvenile corrections: probation, community treatment, and institutionalization
·    Delinquency and juvenile justice abroad

 

VI.              Textbooks:   Siegel, Larry J., et al.  Juvenile Delinquency Theory, Practice, and Law, 

 8th ed.  New York: Thomson Learning, 2003.

 

 

 

VII.           Additional Information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System                          1                                    Effective Date: Spring 2005

 

 

TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 

COURSE SYLLABUS

SPRING 2005

 

THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

ADJ 105

 

Instructor:  Lisa A. Duez, M.P.A., CSAC

                     Home phone:  558-8708

                     Cell Phone:  (emergencies only) 724-3284

                     lduez@tcc.edu or laduez@cox.net

Contact hours:  I will be available after class on Thursdays from 9:15 -10:15 in the library.  Please let me know if you need to see me during that time so I can arrange a private room.

 

Course Description:  To develop an understanding of the causes and effects of juvenile delinquency and the treatment of juveniles in the juvenile justice system.  

 

Course Objectives:  This course will apply college level reading and writing skills for tasks in the criminal justice field.  The student will gain an understanding of the Juvenile Justice/Criminal Justice System from a historical, political and Constitutional perspective.  Most importantly, this course will assist the student in developing decision making and critical thinking skills required in the Criminal Justice field.   Methods of instruction will include but are not limited to lecture, videos, guest speakers and groups discussion.  Class participation is welcomed and encouraged!!

 

By the completion of this course, it is hoped that the student will: 

  1. Develop an understanding of the concept of juvenile delinquency.
  2. Develop an understanding of the theories of delinquency and be able to apply these theories to situations involving juveniles.
  3. Develop an understanding of the environmental influences of delinquency.
  4. Develop an understanding of how juveniles are controlled by the Courts, with special emphasis on the State of Virginia.
  5. Develop an understanding of the history of the Juvenile Justice System.

 

Required Text:  Senna, Joseph and Seigal, Larry.  Juvenile Delinquency:  Theory. Practice and Law.  8th Edition.  Wadsworth Publishers.  Website for book http://info.wadsworth.com/siegal.  Follow Criminal Justice links to find this text.

This site is an excellent resource, and will be used during this course.  Please let me know ASAP if you do not have internet access. 

 

 

 

 

 

Method of Evaluation: 

There are 450 possible points for the semester

 

Grade Breakdown:

Test #1 Chapter 1-4:            100 points                             

Test #2 Chapters 5-8:          100 points

Test #3 Chapters 9-12:        100 points

Test #4 Chapters 13-16:      100 points   

Quizzes (two)             20 points

Chapter questions (two)       20 points

Attendance/Participation:    10 points      

Total points available:           450

 

Grades are as follows 

450-405:  A

404-360:  B

359-315:  C

314-270:  D

260-below:  F

 

 

Specifics: 

 

1.  Chapter questions:  10 points each, 2 required.   Most of the chapters in your text book have a brief section that deals with an issue in the Juvenile Justice System.  These are titled:  “Focus on delinquency,” “juvenile law in review” or “policy and practice.”   To complete these assignments, you need to choose two of these that interest you, answer the questions and turn in a summary of your answers.  This summary can be either hand written or typed and is due on the date specified on page three of this syllabus.

2.  Quizzes:  two quizzes based on you chapters will be due by the end of the semester.  Quizzes will be announced by the instructor, one before spring break and one after spring break. 

3.  Attendance and participation:  a possible 10 points total.  Missing more than five classes is considered excessive and will result in a grade of five points or less.  

4.  Extra Credit:  opportunities for extra credit will be available throughout the semester.  It is suggested that students take advantage of these opportunities.

 

Additional information:

 

ü      All test will be given via scantron unless specified

ü      In accordance with TCC policy, a student who wishes to receive instructional accommodation because of a documented sensory or learning disability should contact the Staff or Disability Services.

ü      A student who is asked to leave the classroom due to behavior problems will be instructed to leave campus.  The student must then speak with the Dean of Student Services before returning to class.

ü      Per TCC policy, academic misconduct will not be tolerated.  Please see your student handbook for further information.  This includes plagiarism. 

ü      Please turn cell phones and pagers on vibrate during class

ü      It is imperative that you be present for tests and turn in all assignments and keep up with you reading. 

ü      Make up test will be given for emergency circumstances only.

ü      Final grades will be delivered via the web. 

 

Tentative Schedule

 

January

11

Introduction

 

13

Chapter 1

 

18

Chapter 1

 

20

Chapter 2

 

25

Chapter 2

 

27

Chapter 3

February

1

Chapter 3

 

3

Chapter 4

 

8

Test #1

 

10

Chapter 5

 

15

Chapter 6

 

17

Chapter 6

 

22

Chapter 7

 

24

Chapter 7

First Chapter Questions Due

 

28

Chapter 8

March

1

Chapter 8

 

3

Test #2

 

8

Spring Break

 

10

Spring Break

 

15

Chapter 9

 

22

Chapter 9

 

24

Chapter 10

 

29

Chapter 10

 

31

Chapter 11

April

5

Chapter 12

 

7

Test #3

 

12

Chapter 13

 

14

Chapter 14

Second Chapter Questions Due

 

19

Chapter 14

 

21

Chapter 15

 

26

Chapter 15

 

28

Chapter 16

May

3

Final Exam

 

Other important dates: 

January:  Martin Luther King Day, college closed

January 18:  last day to add or change a 16 week class

January 21:  Last day to drop a class for a refund

March 25:  Last to withdraw from a course without academic penalty