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CRM-320-20, Juvenile Delinquency (FA13)

INSTRUCTOR: Jeffrey E. Tuer, M.C.J., M.S.

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Thursday/6:00-8:45 PM, 09/05/2013-12/12/2013


Examines delinquency as a form of socially deviant or criminal behavior engaged in by minors. Topics include definitions of delinquency, long- and short-term trends, explanations of delinquent behavior, drug use, gangs and school violence. Possible interventions, treatment and prevention strategies are also addressed. (3 credits)


1. Apply what is meant by the concept of juvenile delinquency.

2. Illustrate the differences between offenses committed by juvenile vs. offenses committed by adults.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of various theories that attempt to explain the occurrence of juvenile delinquency.

4. Describe the juvenile court process.

5. Identify various approaches related to rehabilitating juvenile offenders.


L. Seigel and B. Welsh, (2013). JUVENILE DELINQUENCY: THE CORE, 5TH ED. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Course format, procedures, and policies:


1. Attendance is required we start and end class on time.

2. Be cognizant of the distractive nature of personal technology. Please turn off your cell phone and/or pager before you come to class.  Also, please do not use instant messenger or email while you are in class. You will be asked to leave the classroom if this rule is violated and all participation points will be forfeited. If you have any questions about this rule, please feel free to ask.

3. Outside of class, please check Blackboard and your e-mail daily for class notices.

4. I do not anticipate late papers or assignments.  Please get all of your assignments in on time.

5. Any information that is shared between us in the course of discussion is not to leave the classroom.  I make this rule so that we can begin to create an atmosphere in which we can trust each other.

6. All members of this class are co-educators who are requiredto consider themselves and each other as valid sources of knowledge.  The goal of class discussions is to encourage an exchange of ideas in an attempt to further our understanding of the issues, concepts and questions relating to social stratification.  You are welcome to critique course materials and disagree with other members of the class, so long as it is done so both constructively and respectfully.


Two Exams: (100 points each)                      200 points

Literature Review Term Paper                        100 points

Class Participation                                        28 Points

Class Presentation                                        72points

Total Possible Semester Points:                     400 points


Grades: A=90-100; B+=89-87; B=80-86; C+=79-77; C=70-76; D=65-69; F=64 and Below

*Since there are 400 possible points to earn in this course, divide the points you have earned by 400 to calculate your grade.  Example: Student earned 362 points out of a possible 400 points. 362/400 = 90.5 (A).

Exams: Consist of multiple-choice questions, short answers, essays and/or any combination.

Class Presentation: Eachstudent will be assigned a journal article listed in the required reading portion of this syllabus.  Students are required to give a presentation on their assigned journal article in class.  The presentation should include three questions to the class about the article.  Presentations should be presented via PowerPoint.