Juvenile Justice Courses

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

JJA 201
Intro to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
4 credits
Overview of delinquent behavior and juvenile justice system responses to delinquency. Considers current issues (e.g., gangs, girls, police, corrections) from perspectives of individuals, families, communities, and society. Explores history of juvenile justice in America, the nature of justice, punishment, rehabilitation, and the goals and effectiveness of our juvenile justice system. Includes a juvenile court experiential component. Prerequisite: HDP 120-121 or HDP 124. Introductory

JJA 301
Juvenile Courts and Law
4 credits
Explores the history of the juvenile court, juvenile court structure, legislation, case law, and the adjudication process. Special topics include the constitutional rights of juveniles, police and youth, immaturity and Highlights important and emerging policy issues. Prerequisite: JJA 201. Intermediate

JJA 302
Delinquency: Causes, Prevention and Intervention
4 credits
Examines individual, environmental and developmental explanations of juvenile delinquency. Explores the influence of risk and resiliency factors such as individual traits, family characteristics, peers, schools, community, race, and social class. Focuses on theories and applied approaches to prevention of delinquency. Review of community-based and custodial corrections for juvenile offenders. Prerequisite: JJA 201. Intermediate

JJA 380
Youth Work and Youth Advocacy
4 credits
Study core competencies of youth workers. Explores direct and policy oriented advocacy for court involved or at risk youth and their families from strengths-based and positive youth development approaches. Special focus on substance abuse, trauma, schools, youth activism, leadership, and civic engagement. Field assignments expose students to advocacy practices in a community setting and the importance of working collaboratively with providers and systems. Prerequisites: JJA 201, JJA 301 and JJA 302. Advanced

JJA 403
Senior Integrative Seminar in JJYA
4 credits
Integrate conceptual frameworks with practical applications of concepts and skills learned throughout the JJYA major. A communitybased integrative service learning project and written assignments allow students to demonstrate their attainment of program competencies. Prerequisites: JJP 401 or SWK 452, and JJA 402.

JJA 404
Practicum Seminar in JJYA
4 credits
Integrate conceptual frameworks, self-reflection, and skill development with the practicum experience. Focus on professional development for work with youth and families. Taken concurrently with JJP 401 Practicum in Juvenile Justice for non-Social Work Majors. Restricted to concentrators in Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, senior standing or permission. Prerequisite: JJA 380, Research Methods, completion of WLCE requirement before placement process begins.

JJP 401
Practicum in JJYA
4 credits
A supervised 200-hour experience in a juvenile justice/youth advocacy related setting. Students meet weekly with the on-site supervisor and monthly with the faculty supervisor. Taken concurrently with JJA 402. Restricted to majors in Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, senior standing or permission. Social Work majors substitute SWK 452. Prerequisite: JJA 380, Research Methods, completion of WLCE requirement before placement process begins. 

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