TOURO COLLEGE                                                      

 

 

 

SOCIOLOGY SAS 332; Fall 2009

By Dr. Komla S. Ganu

 

Phone: 718-436-0843

Email: Komla.Ganu@touro.edu

or        kganu@earthlink.net

Web Site: http://www. kganu.net

 

Crime and Juvenile Delinquency

This is an advanced level sociology course which explores the general concept of delinquency and the prevailing theories on crime and juvenile delinquency, the sociological examination of the types, nature and causes of juvenile crime/delinquency; it also focuses on the characteristics of the juvenile population, their environmental influences, the structure of the juvenile justice system, and the court process in the United States and other comparative systems.

 

 

Required Text:

  1. Siegel, L.J. & Welsh, B.C. (2008). Juvenile Delinquency: theory, practice, and law.   Florence KY: Cengage Learning.
  2. Cranston, M. (1968). Jean-Jacques Rousseau: the social contract.  London: Penguin Books.
  3. Snyder, H.N. & Sickmund, M. (2006). Juvenile offenders and victims: 2006: national report. Washington, D.C.: DOJ, Office of Justice Programs. (Download pdf.)

*A Flash Drive of at least 2GB for course downloads.

 

 

Course Requirements

 

1. A seven-page term paper on a topic relating to crime and juvenile delinquency, replete with citations, bibliographic and electronic references utilizing the APA format for everything (including parenthetical citations and footnotes). A draft must be presented in class towards ending of semester; final paper due on or before the last day of class.   20%

 

2. Class participation (be aware that you cannot participate if you do not attend classes; please be on time, come prepared!).                                                                                                                        10%

 

3. Two written assignments & 1 tutorial  completion                                            15%

 

4. Midterm Exam                                                                                              25%

 

5. Final Exam – comprehensive                                                                          30%

 

 

 

CLASS SESSIONS

 

Week 1; Sessions 1 & 2

The Concept of Delinquency

  1. Course Overview
  2. The Social Contract
  3. State versus Childhood Delinquency

 

Week 2; Sessions 3 & 4

Theories of Delinquency

  1. Social structure, process, culture and delinquency
  2. The Nature and Extent of Delinquency

 

Assignment: Introduction to APA Format; it is mandatory for students to take this online tutorial: APA EXPOSED, complete the online poll at the end of the tutorial and print the Certificate of Completion to submit.

 

Week 3; Sessions 5 & 6

  1. Developmental theories: life-course and hidden trait
  2. Juvenile Population Characteristics

 

Assignments: Read Siegel & Welsh Chapters 1 & 2; 4 & 6.

 

Week 4; Sessions 7 & 8

Social, Community and Environmental Influences

  1. Gender and delinquency
  2. The family and delinquency

 

Week 5; Sessions 9 & 10

  1. Peers and delinquency: gangs and peer groups
  2. Schools and delinquency
  3. Video(s) on juvenile delinquency

 

Assignments: Read Siegel & Welsh Chapters 9 & 10; prepare a two-page analytical paper expressing your views on the above video(s).

 

Week 6; Sessions 11 & 12

  1. Drug use and delinquency
  2. Overall Juvenile Offenders
  3. Delinquency prevention: social and developmental perspectives*

 

Assignments:  Read Siegel and Welsh Chapters 11 & 12;

Blackboard discussions - topic to be uploaded into Blackboard system.

 

Week 7; Sessions 13 & 14

Preparing Term Paper

  1. Review of Research topics for term paper
  2. Formulation of research questions
  3. Search for relevant literature
  4. Literature review for term paper
  5. Review for Mid Term Exam

 

Assignments: Read sample student’s literature review as a model approach (Download); *two-page opinion paper due.

 

Week 8; Sessions 15 & 16

The Juvenile Justice System

  1. Juvenile justice then and now
  2. Juvenile Justice System and Structure Process
  3. Police work with juveniles
  4. Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime
  5. Mid Term Exam

 

Assignments: Read Siegel and Welsh Chapters 13 & 14;

Snyder & Sickmund Chapter 4 (Download pdf.)

 

Week 9; Sessions 17 & 18

  1. Juvenile justice structure and process
  2. The Courts, Pretrial, Trial, and Sentencing
  3. Juvenile Offenders in Court

 

Assignments: Read Siegel & Welsh Chapter 15; write a two-page paper comparing child welfare in the Middle Ages and contemporary period.

 

Week 10; Sessions 19 & 20

  1. Corrections: Probation
  2. Correction: Treatment and rehabilitation

 

Week 11, Sessions 21 & 22

  1. Correction: Institutionalization
  2. Juvenile Offenders in Correctional Facilities

 

Week 12; Sessions 23 & 24

  1. Delinquency and juvenile justice abroad
  2. Comparative systems

 

Assignment: Blackboard Discussions

 

Week 13; Sessions 25 & 26

Class Presentations & peer comments

 

*Two-page comparative paper due

 

Week 14; Sessions 27 & 28

Class Presentations & peer comments

 

Week 15; Sessions 29 & 30

  1. Review for Final Exam
  2. Final Exam (comprehensive)

 

Term Paper Due