318.654.01 ADOLESCENTS, CRIME AND JUSTICE I
Explores theoretical frameworks for childhood transition to adulthood encompassing developmental psychology and neuroscience theories in the context of crime, delinquency and misconduct. Examines the US justice system in both the historical and present context as they relate to the response and treatment of children and adolescents involved in crimes. Explores and debates public policy questions related to the linkages between illicit drug use, crime, gangs, as well as incarceration, institutionalization and capital punishment for youth.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the historical evolution of thinking and theoretical framework describing the nature of childhood and the transition to adulthood
Identify how crime, delinquency and misconduct involving adolescents and younger children are defined, measured and interpreted in official record data and other sources
Discuss theories of developmental psychology and neuroscience associated with children and adolescents
Classify the justice system’s responses to children and adolescents caught committing crime and engaging in misconduct
Evaluate the treatment of children and adolescents in the U.S. justice system over the last 50 years
Identify the objectives behind institutionalization of youth and the role of reentry.
Examine the relationship between youth crime, illicit drug involvement and the impact of adolescent gang involvement.
Discuss and debate the application of the death penalty in the U.S. to adolescents over time.
Develop and present a policy brief related to an issue in adolscent crime.
- Monday 9:00 - 11:20