Department of Political Science
Criminal Justice Program

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00-9:50am
SSS 321

Designed to give students a multidisciplinary understanding of the youth crime problem and the juvenile justice system. Topics include the causes and consequences of youth crime, intervention and treatment methods, juvenile law and juvenile courts.

Instructor: Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D.
Office: Schneider 221A
Hours: Mon - Thurs 10:00-11:00, and by appointment
Phone: (715) 836-4058
Email: (preferred method of communication)

This course with help the student:

This course will address the following goals:


Siegel L. J., Welsh, B. C., & Senna, J. J. (2006). Juvenile Delinquency: Theory, Practice, and Law (9th ed.). Belmont , CA : Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Additional readings will be handed out in class and be available via electronic reserve when relevant.

Students are encouraged to seek help from the instructor whenever necessary. Posted office hours will be available for walk-in assistance, and appointments can be scheduled for other times.

Because your participation in class is encouraged so that you may most competently master course materials, your regular attendance is expected . The vast majority of exam questions will be generated directly from lecture notes and in-class discussions. Attentive note taking, then, will ensure proper preparedness for all exams. It is the student's responsibility to contact another member of the class to get lecture notes and handouts missed as a result of an absence. Class participation points will be distributed through group projects, pop quizzes, and other spontaneous activities that can only be earned through active participation in class. Students who are absent will not be able to earn these points. A total of ten participation points will be available throughout the semester.

Each student will write a comprehensive research paper discussing a major issue in juvenile justice (worth 100 points). The paper will be a synthesis of the available literature on the topic of your choice, as well as a discussion and analysis of your views on the topic. The topic must have been introduced in the text in order to be considered. Deviations from this standard may be discussed with the instructor. The purpose of this exercise is to more fully examine an issue of interest that was raised in the readings. For example, students interested in gangs may write a paper discussing what the scholarly literature indicates is a viable approach to addressing gang violence in a community. Below is a list of the main elements that must be incorporated into the paper:


The paper must be 8-10 pages, double-spaced, single sided, and must conform to American Psychological Association (APA) standards . The APA Publication Manual (5th edition) may be of great assistance to the student in the composition and organization of this paper. A Title page, Abstract, and Works Cited page must be attached, but do not count towards the 8-10 page requirement. A standard 12 point font must be used (such as Arial or Times New Roman), and normal margins must be included (1" on all sides).

The student must incorporate citations from at least 5 scholarly refereed (peer reviewed) journals in the field of criminal justice. Examples include: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, and Youth and Society. A comprehensive list is available on the course website. Students may not cite or copy information from websites . This is not scholarly information. Check with the instructor if you have any questions.

Be certain to cite any ideas that are not exclusively your own. It is generally better to cite too often than not enough. Improper citation is plagiarism and will be treated as such. If you have any questions at all, consult the APA Publication Manual or the instructor. The majority of the points for the paper will be based on content; however, form (i.e. spelling and grammar) will also be a major component. A more detailed delineation is available on the course website. Interested students should contact the Academic Skills Center (Old Library 2112) for writing assistance.

It is advised that students begin thinking about their paper early on in the semester. To encourage this, various assignments are due throughout the semester. All assignments are due at the start of class on the due date. Failure to complete these assignments on time will result in the deduction of points from the paper. One point will be deducted if the assignment is not turned in at the start of class on the date it is due, and two points will be deducted for each day any of these assignments are late (maximum deduction: 10 points per assignment). Ten points will be deducted for each day the paper is late.

Topic: Monday, 10/3
Outline: Monday, 10/24
One-page summary: Monday, 11/7
FINAL PAPER DUE: Tuesday, 11/28

Each student will be responsible for presenting his or her paper to the rest of the class at the end of the semester (date and time to be determined by the instructor). Presentations must be between 5 and 7 minutes in length, and should briefly summarize the topic, build on what was learned in class, and discuss issues not directly covered in class or in the text. Material from these presentations may be included in the final exam. Students are encouraged (but not required) to use any multimedia tools that will help to convey their messages (i.e., PowerPoint). The presentation will be assessed by the instructor with a maximum of ten points available.

Exams will include a mixture of multiple-choice, true/false, short answer, and short essay questions and will cover all the material in the readings assigned in the textbook, additional readings handed out, or anything discussed in class. In short, anything discussed in class or in the text is a potential exam question. No materials may be referenced while taking the exam. Each regular exam will be worth 40 points and the comprehensive (cumulative) final exam will be worth 60 points. Careful evaluation of all assigned readings, along with attentive participation in class discussions should adequately prepare students for all exams. Students who are having difficulty understanding a topic, concept, or approach discussed in either the text or in class are encouraged to seek assistance from the instructor immediately. Most problems can be resolved if addressed early in the semester.

Exam 1: Wednesday, 9/27
Exam 2: Friday, 10/21
Exam 3: Friday, 11/11
Comprehensive Final Exam: Monday, 12/19 (8:00am)

Students must come to the exams on time and prepared. This means arriving early and bringing two number 2 pencils along with your student ID. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes after the start of the exam will not be allowed to take the exam; ARRIVE ON TIME.

Make-up exams are highly discouraged. If an emergency arises which necessitates that you miss a scheduled exam, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor as soon as possible. Some special considerations can be made in these circumstances. Make-up exams will be different from the regularly scheduled exam, and may be in a completely different form (i.e., essay). Exam results will be posted on the course website as soon as possible after the exam. Generally, they will be available within 72 hours.

NOTE: 72 hours after the scheduled date, a missed exam will automatically become a "0" and cannot be changed for any reason.

Grades will be assigned based on the three regular exams, the final exam, the paper, and the presentation of the paper. A total of 300 points will be available. A cumulative outline of a student's standing in the course will be available on the course website.



Percent of Total

Exam 1:



Exam 2:



Exam 3:



Final Exam:



Research Paper:






Class Participation:






Students who would like to challenge the grade received on any assignment may do so, in writing, to the instructor. The written challenge must be submitted to the instructor within 72 hours of when the grade was posted. A meeting will be set up between the student and the instructor to discuss the merits of the challenge and determine whether additional points may be warranted. Final grades, however, cannot be challenged.

The final grade for the course will be determined by summing the points earned from each exam, the paper, and the presentation, as well as any extra credit points that may have been earned throughout the semester. Final grades will be distributed using the following scale:

Percent of Total
Points Earned






































Students have the option of earning extra credit points by completing a book review of a book that addresses juvenile justice issues. Based on the quality of the review, up to 20 points can be added to the final point total earned. As a result, this extra credit opportunity can have the effect of raising the point total significantly. Students interested in this opportunity must contact the instructor prior to the third exam to discuss the details.

It is expected that students will conform to the highest professional and ethical standards at all times. Students are encouraged to study together for exams. However, any student found copying another student's exam will automatically receive a "0" for that exam. The standard of proof for such an incident is less than that of the criminal justice system; therefore, make certain that you do not act in any way that might lead the instructor to believe you were looking at another student's exam. If a student witnesses this type of breach in professional conduct, it is his or her responsibility to report it to the instructor as soon as possible.

The paper must be the sole product of the student who turns it in. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Proper citation of another author's work is required. If a student's paper is found to contain information not of his or her individual creation without proper citation, the student will receive a "0" for the paper. The instructor may use,, or other plagiarism technologies to detect illicit content. If you have any questions about proper citation procedures, please review the APA manual as discussed above, or contact the instructor. Cheaters will be punished in accordance with Chapter UWS 14—Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures outlined in the UWEC Student Services and Standards booklet.

It is expected that students will:

Come to class on time and prepared. It is understood that the readings assigned for the class period will have been read so that the student can contribute to the discussion and ask the instructor about material that was not clear. The reading load of this course is moderate: the student will read approximately 25 pages each week.

Have access to e-mail. Every student has a free e-mail account through UW-EC. Students should check their University e-mail at least daily, as important notices and reminders will be sent to the class via this medium. Students are responsible for this information, and must make arrangements with the instructor if a problem should arise. Contact the instructor if you have an alternative email address that you prefer.

Check with classmates to obtain notes and materials handed out in class when absent. Other important materials will be available solely through the course webpage. It is the student's responsibility to visit the site regularly to obtain this information.

Not interfere, in any way, with the learning environment in the classroom. Disruptive students will be asked to leave, and further disciplinary action may be taken if necessary.

Know and understand all of the information written on this syllabus.

Academic Honesty:
“The Board of Regents, administrators, faculty, academic staff and students of the University of Wisconsin System believe that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental to the mission of higher education and of the University of Wisconsin System. The University has a responsibility to promote academic honesty and integrity and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic dishonesty. Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of sources, and for respect of others' academic endeavors. Students who violate these standards must be confronted and must accept the consequences of their actions.” CHAPTER UWS 14—STUDENT ACADEMIC DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

I consider any academic misconduct in this course as a serious offense, and I will pursue the strongest possible academic penalties for such behavior. The disciplinary procedures and penalties for academic misconduct are described in the UW-Eau Claire Student Services and Standards Handbook in the section titled, “Chapter UWS 14—Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures.”

Accommodations for Disabilities: Students with disabilities should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office to develop reasonable accommodations. For an appointment with a counselor, stop by Old Library 2136 or call (715) 836-4542 .

Dropping this Course: It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any University deadlines associated with dropping this course.

Religious Observance: If you wish to be absent from class to observe a religious holiday, make arrangements in advance with the instructor.

Missing Class to Participate in a Required Activity: To be excused from this class to participate in a required activity for another course or a university-sanctioned event, you must provide the instructor with adequate advanced notice and a written authorization from the faculty member of the other course or from a university administrator.

Final Note: Incorrect dates or other inconsistencies in this syllabus will be clarified in class and/or on the course website as needed.