CRIJ160 Introduction to Juvenile Justice

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice

I. Course Number and Title
CRIJ160 Introduction to Juvenile Justice
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CRIJ100 or
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the juvenile justice system, both delinquent and dependent. The major topics include theories of juvenile delinquency and dependency, juvenile offender laws, and the relationship among juveniles, family, probation, and schools.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the definition, extent, and nature and control of juvenile delinquency in the United States;
    2. examine the historical, biological, sociological, psychological, and ecological theories of delinquency;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the classification and various influences of delinquency, including family, schools, licit and illicit drugs, and peers; and
    4. demonstrate an understanding of how juvenile institutions, probation, and aftercare programs work.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. definition of juvenile delinquency and the extent of juvenile delinquency in the United States
    2. a social and historical perspective of delinquency
    3. contemporary biological theories of delinquency
    4. psychological explanations of delinquency
    5. sociological explanations of delinquency
    6. ecological theories of delinquency
    7. the influence of the family on delinquency
    8. the influence of the schools on delinquency
    9. the influence of licit and illicit drugs on delinquency
    10. the influence of peers on delinquency
    11. the influence of dispositional programs on future behavior
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/98; Revised 4/2011; New Core 8/2015