CRJ 409, Spring 2017
Youth, Crime and Society
Office: GUA, room 5140
Phone: 895-0251; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.sheldensays.com
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10-11 AM; Tuesday 8-11:00 AM
Graduate Assistant: Cassandra Boyer: email@example.com
This course will explore the problem of youth crime and delinquency in modern society. The course will also focus on solutions to the problem by addressing several alternatives to institutionalization.
Required Readings (click on title to order from Amazon)
Randall G. Shelden, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in America (2nd ed). Waveland Press, 2012.
1. Ex Parte Crouse: http://www.sheldensays.com/Ex%20Parte%20Crouse.htm.
Suggested web sites for further reading:
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice: www.cjcj.org
Justice Policy Institute: http://www.justicepolicy.org/
Building Blocks for Youth: http://www.buildingblocksforyouth.org/
American Youth Policy Forum: http://www.aypf.org/
Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center: http://www.jrsa.org/jjec/index.html
Center on Children Exposed to Violence: http://www.nccev.org/violence/school.html
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/
Course Grading and Exams:
Your grade in the course will be based upon your scores on four exams (each worth a possible 100 points). For each exam, the grade will be based upon the following formula: 90% or more = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% = D, below 60% = F. Final grades are based upon the following formula: 360-400 = A, 320-359 = B, 280-319 = C, 240-279 = D, below 240 = F. Grades of plus or minus will be given in borderline cases. Note: There will be no make-ups on these exams unless there is an extremely unusual situation, and then the student must contact our office prior to the scheduled exam.
Classroom Courtesy: Students are expected to conduct themselves accordingly with the rules and regulations of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Mature and responsible behavior in the classroom is required at all times. Tardiness, excessive absences, academic dishonesty, and/or inappropriate conduct may result in failing the course along with additional penalties as defined by the University, the College of Urban Affairs and the Department of Criminal Justice. Please make every effort to arrive to class on time and stay until class is completed. However, if you are running late, I hope you do not miss class because of this. If you are late or have to leave early, please do so as quietly as possible. Positively no cell phones, beepers, etc. are permitted (turn them off before you get to class). And please do not talk while others (including the instructor) are talking. It is rude behavior and will not be tolerated. Also, sleeping will not be tolerated.
Gun Free Zone: This is self-explanatory. If you have weapons, please leave them at home or in your car. If you are in law enforcement, please inform the instructor.
Attendance Policy: Class participation is expected and very much encouraged. Although attendance will not be taken every day, on certain days during the semester roll will be taken. If you are absent more than two times, you will be asked to make an appointment with the instructor to discuss the matter. After the fifth absence, action will be taken to have you dropped from the class.
Disability Statement: If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center for coordination in your academic accommodations. The DRC is located in the Reynolds Student Services Complex in room 137. The DRC phone number is 895-0866 (TDD - 895-0652).
Course Assignments and Exams: The following schedule should be viewed as an ideal plan, subject to change. If there are any changes, they will be announced in class. Students will be responsible for coming to class and being aware of any changes.
Schedule of Assignments and Exams
Dates Topic Reading
1/16 Overview None
1/23 Myths and Facts Shelden, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in America (hereafter “text”), Introduction
1/25 – 1/30
Historical Overview Text, chapter 1; Ex Parte Crouse
2/6 Extent of Delinquency Text, chapter 2
2/8 Nature of Delinquency Text, chapter 3
2/13 Youth Gangs Text, chapter 4
2/15 Review for first exam (see study guide)
2/20 President’s Day
2/22 FIRST EXAM (covering above assignments)
2/22 Youth Gangs Text, chapter 4
2/27 Female Delinquency Text, chapter 5
3/1 – 3/6 Theories of Delinquency Text, chapter 6
3/8 – 3/13 Theories of Delinquency Text, chapter 7
3/15 Review for second exam (see study guide)
3/20 SECOND EXAM (covering assignments since 1st exam
3/22 The Social Context Text, chapter 8
3/29 The Family Text, chapter 9
4/3 Review for third exam (see study guide)
4/5 THIRD EXAM (covering assignments since 2nd exam)
4/10 SPRING BREAK
4/17 Schools Text, chapter 10
4/19 Juvenile Justice Processing Text, chapter 11
4/24 Juvenile Institutions Text, chapter 12
4/26 The Double Standard Text, chapter 13
5/1 Sensible Solutions Text, chapter 14
5/3 Review for final exam (see study guide)
5/11 FINAL EXAM (covering assignments since 3rd exam)