4141 DELINQUENCY

COURSE SYLLABUS

Sociology 4141 - Juvenile Delinquency: 1-2:15 T / R (Online)

LECTURE SLIDES [note: links available prior to lecture]

PART I: EXTENT AND NATURE OF DELINQUENCY

Week 1 – 09/08 and 09/10

  • Welcome and Data Collection (self-report survey and note cards)

 

Week 2 – 09/15 & 09/17

 

PART II. THEORIES OF DELINQUENCY

Week 3 – 09/22 & 09/24 Transition: From Correlates to Causal Models

 

 

Week 4 – 09/29 & 10/01: Delinquent Association and Learning

Week 5 – 10/6 & 10/8: Learning and Control Theories

 

  • Social Psychological Theories: Social Control & Self Control
  • Hirschi, Travis. 1969. Causes of Delinquency. Berkeley: University of California Press. Chapter 2. Pp. 16-34.
  • (required for Honors), Moffitt, Terrie E., Louise Arseneault, Daniel Belsky, Nigel Dickson, Robert J. Hancox, Honalee Harrington, Renate Houts, Richie Poulton, Brent W. Roberts, Stephen Ross, Malcolm R. Sears, W. Murray Thomson, and Avshalom Caspi. 2011. “A Gradient of Childhood Self-control Predicts Health, Wealth, and Public Safety.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:2693-98.

Week 6 – 10/13 & 10/15: Labeling and Symbolic Interaction

  • Labeling Theories and the Life Course
  • Rios, Chapter 3. “Labeling Hype: Coming of Age in Era of Mass Incarceration.” Pp. 43-73.
  • Mears, D. P., Kuch, J. J., Lindsey, A. M., Siennick, S. E., Pesta, G. B., Greenwald, M. A. and Blomberg, T. G. 2016.” Juvenile Court and Contemporary Diversion: Helpful, Harmful, or Both?” Criminology & Public Policy, 15: 953–981.

B. Summary and Review of Social-Psychological Theories & Data

         
Week 7 – 10/20 & 10/22 Midterm Week

  • 10/20 Review Session

10/?? Special Office Hours (if needed)

  • 10/22 Midterms due; Film: Angels with Dirty Faces
  • NOTE: Midterm Evaluations

 

Week 8 - 10/27 & 10/29: Social Structural Theories 

 

Week 9 – 11/03 & 11/05: Anomie and Individual-Level Strain Variants

 

  • General Strain Theory
  • Rios, Chapter 5. “Dummy Smart: Misrecognition, Acting Out, and Going Dumb.” Pp. 97-123.
  • Racine, N., Cooke, J. E., Eirich, R., Korczak, D. J., McArthur, B., & Madigan, S. 2020. “Child and adolescent mental illness during COVID-19: A rapid review.” Psychiatry Research, 292, 113307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113307

Week 10 – 11/10 & 11/12: Critical Theories

           

       

PART III: DELINQUENT CAREERS IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Week 11 – 11/17 & 11/19: Prevention and Introduction to Juvenile Justice

  • Prevention and Introduction to Juvenile Justice

        Paper Drafts Due: Workshop

           
B.  The Juvenile Justice System and the “Gender Gap”

Week 12 – 11/24 & 11/26 (Thanksgiving) Race, Gender, and Policing

  • Police, Race, and the Juvenile Court

*Papers Due at the Beginning of Class

  • Ward, Geoff K. 2012. The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice. Chapter 6: Institutionalizing Racial Justice: The Black Surrogate Parental State, 1930–65. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Rios, Chapter 7. “Guilty by Association: Acting White or Acting Lawful?” Pp. 142-56.
  •  Thanksgiving

 

Week 13 – 12/01 & 12/03: Probation and Institutionalization

 

Week 14 – 12/08 & 12/10: Institutionalization and Conclusions
                  

  • Institutionalization and Conclusions
  • Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner. 2014. “A Social Welfare Critique of Contemporary Crime Control.” In Crime and the Punished, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: WW Norton.
  • Rios, Conclusion. “Toward a Youth Support Complex.” Pp. 157-167.
  • Class Discussion and Catch-Up
  • Michelle Inderbitzin, Trevor Walraven, and Joshua Cain. 2014. “Juvenile Lifers, Learning to Lead.” In Crime and the Punished, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: WW Norton.        

 

Week 15 – 12/15 & 12/17: Review and Second Midterm Examination

  • 12/15: In-Class Review
  • 12/17: Second Midterm Examination Due

 


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