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 Course Title:   Exploring the Juvenile Justice System

 Title Abbreviation:   EXPL JUV/JUSTICE SYSTEM

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    130

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430104

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Provides instruction in theory of juvenile delinquency, use of juvenile investigation procedures and community resources available to deal with juvenile problems. Covers disruptive options and alternatives that affect juvenile behavior, the juvenile court process, sentencing guidelines, and types of juvenile correctional institutions. Focuses on RCW Title 13 Juvenile Code.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
N/A

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the definition of delinquency.
  2. Define historical perspectives responsible for causal trends in juvenile delinquency.
  3. Demonstrate the differences between the varying categories of juvenile offenders.
  4. Examine various correction approaches to juvenile justice.
  5. Discuss and explain the relative treatment, alternatives, and direction to juvenile delinquency.
  6. Establish relationship of recidivism and delinquency.
  7. Define causation and outcomes of school violence in our society.
  8. Demonstrate a proficiency in writing and researching varying topics on juvenile justice and related areas pertaining to the juvenile justice system.
  9. Display an overall understanding of the juvenile justice system collectively.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.6 Utilize ethical practice in relation to diverse communities and cultures for the promotion of equity and social justice.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Importance of history and development trends in juvenile delinquency.
  2. Description and interpretation regarding behavioral categories of juvenile delinquency.
  3. How the juvenile justice system works.
  4. Conflict between police and juvenile offenders; relationship of schools to juvenile offenders.
  5. Reasons for youth crime.
  6. Juvenile rights and their interpretation.
  7. Institutionalization, correction, recidivism, and alternatives.
  8. WAC/RCW applications to juvenile justice.