Advanced Juvenile Justice Policy – CJUS 702

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the origin, philosophy and objectives of the juvenile justice system.  An extensive and systematic analysis of juvenile justice policies and practices will be undertaken, especially those reflecting any recent philosophical shifts.  Students will be challenged to critically examine present policy and propose practical new policies relative to juvenile justice. 


CJUS 700


The purpose of this course is for students to examine the origin and objectives of the juvenile justice system and the way American philosophical shifts affect juvenile justice policy.  It is important for students in the School of Government to understand the philosophy, present policy, and policy shifts related to juvenile justice. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the elements of juvenile justice law.
  2. Read and analyze legal materials related to legal issues and trends with regards to juvenile offenders and procedures.
  3. Understand the significance of the law and articulate this understanding in writing.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and historical foundations of juvenile law.
  5. Identify legal issues in factual scenarios and accurately state and apply rules of juvenile law and policies.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Required Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 1,000 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and reflect current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 500 words and reflect current APA format. Please see the instructions and rubric for further clarification.

Activity (4)

After reading and reviewing the current module(s)/week(s) reading and/or presentation, the student will complete a corresponding activity. Answers to the questions must be well organized, use proper grammar, and reflect current APA format. Each activity must be at least 4 pages. Please see the instructions and rubric for further clarification.

Midterm Essay

The student will respond to 1 broad-based question in a 10-page essay with current current APA format. Please see the instructions and rubric for further clarification.

Tests (3)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 4 essay questions (responses of 750 words per question) and reflect current APA format, and have a 3 hour time limit.