Course Number & Name: CJI 202 Crime and Delinquency
Credit Hours: 3.0 Contact Hours: 3.0 Lecture: 3.0 Lab: N/A Other: N/A
Course Description: This course surveys the nature and extent of crime and delinquency and examines the major approaches to causation, apprehension, control, and treatment. The course explores sociological, psychological, and multidisciplinary explanations for delinquent and criminal behavior using various multimedia platforms. The course also examines special topics such as gangs, youth violence, child abuse investigation, juvenile sex offenders, and juvenile waiver to adult court. Students may be required to complete a field assignment involving in-court observations.
<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
- identify and discuss the causes of crime and deviance in society and society’s responses to delinquency and deviant behavior;
- explain the development of the juvenile justice system;
- discuss the impact of societal and legal changes on crime causation;
- discuss the role of delinquency and criminological theory in the development of policy-making decisions and the function of behavioral research in the formulation of laws and regulations;
- describe and explain various theories of criminology and delinquency, identifying the leading theorist within each school and determining the points where these theories intersect;
- discuss the various classical and contemporary theories of youth gang behavior;
- explain the differences in the juvenile and criminal justice systems;
- identify and articulate the roles of the various components of the juvenile justice system;
- explain the various research methods employed in the study of delinquency;
- demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of juvenile justice and delinquency issues; and
- communicate effectively with accurate ‘criminal justice’ terminology in written and/or oral form.