Kids, Crime & Race: Juvenile Justice in America
SOC WF 495
How widespread is juvenile crime? What is the purpose of the juvenile justice system? Is the system discriminatory? This course will explore these and other important societal questions.
Course Curriculum and Features
Starting with the first juvenile court in the early 1900s to today’s discussion of the school-to-prison pipeline, we’ll dive into the history of this system. Along the way, you’ll examine a variety of key, controversial topics, including gangs, “super predators,” the transfer of juvenile offenders to adult court, solitary confinement and the juvenile death penalty. We’ll also focus on the role of race and poverty in juvenile justice. Finally, we’ll learn about alternative responses to juvenile crime, including mental health treatment programs and restorative justice policies.
Those interested in sociology, psychology, law and society, political science, and history. Students interested in professions that work with youth (e.g., social work and education) or political justice and law enforcement will also find the course valuable.
Attendance and Workload
All Early Fall Start courses require the same amount of academic work as any other UW course, and full attendance and participation is required. In general, each course requires about 10 hours of homework each week.
Lecturer, School of Social Work
Aug 22–Sep 15, 2017
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.