Juvenile Delinquency

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 245

       Course Name: Juvenile Delinquency

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course studies causes of juvenile delinquency.  Content includes psychological, social and environmental causes; organization, jurisdiction and function of juvenile agencies; juvenile detention and processing; and statutes and court procedures for juveniles.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Understand theoretical foundations of juvenile justice system.
  2. Understand specific functions of juvenile justice system components.
  3. Have knowledge of juvenile law.
  4. Have knowledge of juvenile justice problems.
  5. Have knowledge of juvenile justice reform attempts.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Childhood and Delinquency
  2. The Nature and Extent of Delinquency
  3. Individual Views of Delinquency
  4. Sociological Views of Delinquency
  5. Developmental Views of Delinquency
  6. Gender and Delinquency
  7. The Family and Delinquency
  8. Peers and Delinquency:  Juvenile Gangs and Groups
  9. Schools and Delinquency
  10. Drug Use and Delinquency
  11. The History and Development of Juvenile Justice
  12. Police Work with Juveniles
  13. Juvenile Court Process:  Pretrial, Trial, and Sentencing
  14. Juvenile Corrections:  Probation, Community Treatment, and Institutionalization
  15. Current Events, Issues and Trends

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/Discussion/A.V./Field Trips/Class Projects
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading/Writing/Oral Presentation/Class Report/Projects

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Juvenile Delinquency –“The Core” Author: Larry Siegel; Wadsworth

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Exams, Oral Presentations, Class Report, Attendance, Class Participation, Quizzes, Community Service Project, Field Trips, Extra Credit

XI.   Other Course Information

Class Attendance Required
Class Report – (4 Pages)
Community Service Project
Extra Credit – e.g. Court Visits, Police Ride-along, Boot Camp, Juvenile Detention Tour, Mock Police Training

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.