CJA 201 - Juvenile Delinquency
An exploration of the nature, extent, and causes of delinquency and youth crime in the United States. Examines the historical development and methods of delinquency research; introduces students to the most influential theoretical perspectives; and provides an overview and critical analysis of specific treatment strategies as well as public crime prevention and control policies. Topics include offender and victim typologies and the influence of socio-economic, demographic, and cultural factors on juvenile behavior.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Gain a thorough knowledge of the juvenile justice system.
2. Apply sociological theory to better understand juvenile criminal behavior.
3. Learn the nature of juvenile justice career paths and their own qualifications for various careers in criminal juvenile justice.
4. Understand the importance of inter-disciplines and the need for a well-rounded education in juvenile justice.
5. Qualify for education requirements for entry-level public safety and juvenile justice careers.
6. Learn the elements of providing effective supervision for juvenile offenders.
7. Learn skills for working with juvenile delinquents in social service, school, and other human service settings.
8. Understand the issues of human diversity and specific minority populations as they apply to group interventions, juvenile delinquency, work groups and organizations.
9. Gain practice in developing professional skills and strategies for interpersonal influence and change agent skills in dealing with at risk teens and juvenile delinquents.
10. Understand the legal, ethical, and administrative issues in working with the juvenile justice system in a variety of settings.
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