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, students will be able to:
      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.

      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.

    6. 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