SOCI 302: Sociology of Delinquency

SOCI 302-003: Sociology of Delinquency
(Fall 2024)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR

East Building 201

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Section Information for Fall 2024

The Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency offers a broad overview of the delinquent and delinquency. We begin with the establishment of the first Juvenile Court in Chicago in 1899 and examine the shifting views of the young offender from troubled child in need of society’s protection to hardened criminal deserving of adult punishment. Over time, sociologists have developed theories that attempt to explain the forces that propel youths to delinquent acts, and these theories provided the framework for understanding the lives of kids who enter the juvenile system. Through the use of ethnographic studies, we enter the worlds of young men and women of color, girls and boys, and their communities. In addition, we look at the chaotic history of MS-13 gangs that reveal the connections between political chaos and violence and the growth of these groups in the United States. Finally, we explore an alternative approach to helping troubled youths turn their lives around after their encounters with the legal system, and discuss the types if interventions that have helped young offenders reintegrate successfully into our communities.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines social factors involved in development of delinquency, including family, political economy, schooling, community environment and culture. Examines various theories of delinquency; rates of delinquency in relation to age, race, gender and social class; and legal system that addresses causes, consequences, and policies of punishment and rehabilitation. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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