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SOC 421 - JUVENILE DELINQUENCY(SOC 421 Instructor Scott A...

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JUVENILE DELINQUENCY (SOC 421) Instructor: Scott A. Desmond Office: 322A Stone Hall E-Mail: [email protected] Office Hours: T/TH 12:00-1:00 or by appointment Teaching Assistant: A.J. Washburn Office: Greyhouse Coffee (100 Northwestern Ave.) E-Mail: [email protected] Office Hours: M/W 2:30-3:30 General Course Objectives 1. To learn the historical development of the term delinquency. 2. To gain a general understanding of how the juvenile court system functions and how it differs from the adult criminal justice system. 3. To learn about the various sources of data that are used to measure delinquency and the problems and limitations associated with each of these sources. 4. To understand some of the theories that have been developed to explain delinquent behavior (and the limitations of each theory). 5. To learn how families, schools, and peers contribute to the delinquency of adolescents. Required Texts Agnew, Robert. 2009. Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control (3 rd edition). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Grading Procedure Your grade in this course will be based on three (3) exams and two (2) short papers. Exams Each exam is worth 100 points (the final exam is not cumulative). The exams will consist of multiple-choice, true-false, matching, and short essay questions. In general, about 60-70% of each exam will come from the lecture notes (approximately 30-40% of each exam will come from material in the book that I haven’t covered in class). Roughly 70-80% of each exam will be multiple-choice, true-false, and/or matching (the other 20-30% will be essay questions). Students usually do well on the lecture portion of the exams. The book portion is another story. The difference between doing well in this class (getting an A or B) and doing poorly often depends on how well students know the book. If you want a good grade, you better read and study the book. 1
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Although there will be four exams in this class, I will allow you to drop your lowest exam score. Only your highest three (3) exam scores will count toward your final grade. Therefore, if you have done well on the first three exams and the paper assignments, then you will not need to take the final exam. Since I will allow you to drop your lowest exam grade, there are NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. If you miss an exam, you will receive a zero and that will count as your drop. The exams will take place on the days listed below. I will not change the day of the exam (unless I have done something incredibly stupid). EXAM #1: Tuesday, February 8 th EXAM #2: Tuesday, March 8 th EXAM #3: Tuesday, April 12 th FINAL EXAM: To Be Announced (May 2 nd —May 7 th ) I know we would all like to start our vacations as soon as possible. I will not, however, allow students to take the final exam early. If you schedule a flight or make other travel arrangements that conflict with the final exam, you should not expect me to accommodate your vacation plans.
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