Crime & Delinquency

Crime & Delinquency

  1. Module Title: Crime & Delinquency
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 245
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: Crime & Delinquency is an introductory course designed to provide students with a basic foundation to understand delinquency and criminal behavior.To facilitate this, student will be introduced to the history, theory and demographics of juvenile delinquency. The first part of this course will examine the major theoretical explanations for crime and delinquency, paying particular attention to the specific sociological theories designed to help us understand why people participate in delinquency and crime. The second part will cover the state of delinquent and criminal behavior in the United States and in Singapore. The last section will examine the role and purpose of the criminal justice system.Whenever possible, local cases and cross cultural approaches will be applied to increase the student’s comprehension.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, the student should possess a clear understanding of theories of crime and delinquency to better understand the nature and causes of juvenile delinquency behavior and how to prevent it. Students will be able to:
    • Analyze the major theoretical explanations for criminal behavior in society
    • Describe major trends in crime
    • Explain the nature and extent of various crimes in society
    • Define vocabulary relevant to the study of crime and delinquency
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    Topic
    • The Nature & Crime & Delinquency
    • Theories of Crime & Delinquency (1)
    • Theories of Crime & Delinquency (2)
    • Family, Peers and Schools
    • Drug Use & Delinquency
    • Criminal Justice System
    • International Perspectives

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