Fall 2019  |  SOC 4141H Section 001: Honors: Juvenile Delinquency (33096)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Honors
Meets With:
SOC 4141 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (2 of 4 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course offers an overview of social theory and research on youth crime and delinquency. We start by critically examining the social facts surrounding the measurement, extent, and distribution of delinquency. Next, we study the principal sociological explanations of delinquent behavior. These theories provide conceptual tools for analyzing delinquency and punishment among groups such as gang members. We then trace youth experiences in the juvenile justice system, from policing, to juvenile court, to probation, and institutionalization. Throughout, we analyze the success or failure of key programs implemented in attempts to prevent or reduce delinquency. Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Examples of additional requirements may include: Honors students will be expected to interview a current Sociology graduate student working on a LCD topic. Following this, each student will individually be expected to do an in-class power-point presentation explaining how the interviewees? research relates with themes presented in the course. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news, or a two-page critique of a class reading Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2-page maximum reflective paper. prereq: honors student, [SOC 3101 or 3102 or instr consent], Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?uggen001+SOC4141H+Fall2019
Class Description:
This course presents an overview of sociological theory and research on juvenile delinquency, along with discussion of cutting-edge controversies and policy issues. We start with a critical examination of the social facts surrounding the measurement, extent, and distribution of delinquency. Next we study some of the principal sociological explanations of delinquent behavior. These theories provide conceptual tools for analyzing monographs detailing delinquency among diverse groups of young people. We conclude by analyzing some of the key programs implemented in attempts to reduce delinquency. Course objectives: 1) To understand the way that delinquency is currently measured and the extent and distribution of delinquent behavior according to these measures; 2) To gain a working knowledge of the major sociological theories used to explain delinquency; 3) To apply the conceptual tools of these theories to selected case studies; and, 4) To critically evaluate concrete policy responses to delinquency.
Grading:
25% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
25% Reports/Papers
10% Special Projects
10% Class Participation
Exam Format:
Mixed
Class Format:
50% Lecture
5% Film/Video
30% Discussion
5% Small Group Activities
5% Field Trips
5% Web Based Media
Workload:
120 Pages Reading Per Week
20 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33096/1199
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 June 2017

ClassInfo Links - Fall 2019 4000 Level Sociology Classes Taught by Christopher Uggen

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