course explores the nature of delinquency and the extent to which it
is a social problem in the USA. The major theories of causation are
presented and critically examined. The juvenile justice system is
studied historically and in its current form. The present and future
of delinquency control and prevention are examined.
||1. Develop an understanding of when
and why juvenile offenders are treated differently from adult
2. Be able to define delinquency from a variety of perspectives.
3. Learn about the extent of and trends in juvenile delinquency in
the United States.
4. Develop an understanding of the meaning of social causation of
5. Develop an understanding of the major theories of juvenile
6. Develop an understanding the role of external factors such as
neighborhood, family, friends and schools
in child development and delinquency.
7. Learn about the origins, history and philosophical objectives of
the juvenile justice system.
8. Be able to critically evaluate the juvenile justice system.
9. Develop some knowledge as to what and what does not work in
preventing and controlling delinquency.
Prerequisites and Corequisites:
Sociology 1010: Introduction to Sociology
||Definitions of Juvenile Delinquency
Measurement of Delinquency
Amounts of and Trends in Delinquency
Causes of Delinquency
The Juvenile Justice System
Prevention and Treatment of Delinquency
Specific Course Requirements:
The student must have a basic knowledge of computers, the Internet,
and email. The student's computer must have Microsoft Word and Adobe
Textbooks, Supplementary Materials,
Hardware and Software Requirements
Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to
obtain textbook information for this course:
||A functional computer and internet access
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Assessment and Grading
The course is
divided into five-three week modules. Students will have to take a
timed online multiple-choice quiz for each module, and complete an
assignment for each module, which will not be timed. The students
can take the quiz and submit the assignment answers anytime during
the three weeks, but must have completed both the end of the third
week of the module.
Quizzes will cover the text book, articles, instructor remarks, and
power point slide shows.
All of these are included in each module.
The grade will
be based on quiz scores, assignment and essay grades, and discussion
There will be five discussion topics to which students will have to
make weekly posts, each of these lasting three weeks. Grading of the
discussion participation will be based on the quality and quantity
of posts, and the frequency of reading the posts of others. Regular
participation in discussions is required in order to get a high
No one part of
the course will constitute a large portion of the final grade, but
work must consistently be done in a conscientious and accomplished
manner in order for the student to receive an A or a B.
The chat room is
to be used for students to receive help and clarification from the
instructor, and to discuss assignments and projects with other
students. It is not a part of the course that is required or graded.
45%, Assignments 40%, Discussion Participation 15%
Assignments and Participation
Assignments and Projects:
1. There will be reading assignments for each module from the
textbook. There will also be articles and instructor remarks, which
must be read. These readings will be covered in the quizzes and
questions described below.
2. Students will have to take an online timed multiple-choice quiz
for each three week module.
3. Students will have to complete a written assignment for each
Students will have to actively participate in five discussions.
Students will have to actively participate in five discussions, each
lasting three weeks. Students are also expected to regularly check
their email for information provided by the instructor. I do not
include chat room participation in grading, because I want well
thought out remarks when students address course content. The chat
room is for clarification and casual interaction. Students are
expected to disagree in their discussion posts, but they should at
all times be polite and respectful. Students should feel free to
disagree with the instructor in discussion posts. Taking part in a
discussion requires reading the posts of other students and making
your own posts in a regular and consistent manner. Making five posts
in one day every two weeks is not taking part in a discussion.
There is an anonymous discussion group to which you can make posts
at any time in the course without revealing who you are. This is for
any negative or positive comments you want to make about the course,
assignments quizzes, etc.
||I do not have long
term assignments or exams that cover a long period of time. This is
because I want continual, regular, and active participation in the
course, just as one would have if one were going to class on a
regular basis. Thus, students must submit essay answers and project
reports tri-weekly and take tri-weekly online quizzes. These are all
due by the end of each three week module. Students will be allowed
extra time for assignments if they have a legitimate reason for
needing extra time. Legitimate excuses are things such as illness or
a death in the family. Vacations, weddings, other courses, and so
forth are not legitimate excuses.
Course Ground Rules
must keep up with the readings and assignments, and complete their
work at the required times. It is particularly important to be
conscientious in the projects. I have tried to design the course to
be both informative and enjoyable. Thus students should have fun
with the projects and feel free to be creative. While quiz question
have correct answers, the assignments allow substantial freedom for
students to express themselves. In these you will be evaluated on
effort and thoughtfulness, not whether I agree with you or not.
Contact me an soon as possible with
any problems or questions that arise. This can be done by phone or
Guidelines for Communications
- Always include a subject line.
- Remember without facial
expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful
in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in
- Use standard fonts.
- Do not send large attachments
- Special formatting such as
centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided
unless necessary to complete an assignment or other
- Respect the privacy of other
Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the
discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather
starting a new topic.
Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other
members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other's ideas.
Be patient and read the comments of other group members
thoroughly before entering your remarks.
Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
chat room participation is required in the course.
Introduce yourself to the other learners in the chat session.
polite. Choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory
concise in responding to others in the chat session.
Be prepared to open the chat session at the scheduled time.
constructive in your comments and suggestion
||Columbia Guide to
Online Style by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor
Citation Styles Online
Tennessee Board of
Regents Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in
the Regents Degree Program. Links to library materials (such as
electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital
reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support)
and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online
assignments and as background reading must be included in all
Students With Disabilities
with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic
accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability
services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting
disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must
receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific
accommodations from the disability services staff at the home
institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact
with their home institution's disability services staff and to
follow the established procedures for having the accommodation
notice sent to the instructor.
||A statement that any
necessary changes to the course syllabus will be sent to the student
by e-mail and posted on the bulletin board.
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