Crime & Delinquency

Crime & Delinquency


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.


Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories of crimes and delinquency, enabling students to: 1.1 Understand the major concepts and theories relating to juvenile delinquency

1.2 Compare the different explanations of causes, dynamic and consequences of delinquency.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical application of delinquent behavior, enabling students to: 2.1 Utilize critical-thinking that includes analyzing and logical reasoning.

2.2. Generalize juvenile crime trends and measure rates of delinquency.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of policy implications and the real-world situations 3.1 Have an increased understanding of the issues of law enforcement and other agencies related to delinquency and their prevention and aftercare programmes.

3.2 Examine the juvenile court system and its handling of cases.


Course Outline

  • Childhood and Delinquency
  • Nature & Extent of Delinquency
  • Theories of Delinquency Part 1
  • Theories of Delinquency Part 2
  • Gender, Family and Delinquency
  • Peers, Schools and Delinquency
  • Drug Use, Delinquency and Prevention Strategies
  • Juvenile Offenders and Justice
  • Juvenile Corrections and Juvenile Delinquency
  • Justice Around the World


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