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SED YJ 201: Intro to Youth Justice & Delinquency
Overview of juvenile justice and the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency. Considers topics of delinquency prevention, youth-police interaction, juvenile court process, correctional intervention, and multi- systemic interactions. Includes an experiential component. 4cr. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Ethical Reasoning.
SED YJ 301: Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Law
Explores the history of juvenile court, juvenile court structure, the adjudication process, constitutional rights of juveniles and the scope of juvenile court jurisdiction over delinquent acts and status offenses. Highlights policy issues, legal case study and significant variation in court practices. 4cr
SED YJ 302: Delinquency: Causes Prevention and Intervention
This course follows up on the themes related to the causes and prevention of delinquency, policing and corrections that were introduced in YJ 201. Students will understand factors that place young people at risk for delinquency across the spectrum of social contexts. We will explore behavior theories, risk factors that lead to substance abuse and violence and how juvenile justice, economic, governmental policies, and laws address these issues and intervene in the lives of youth. 4cr.
SED YJ 360: Positive Youth Development
Explores foundations of adolescent development and principles of positive youth development. Draws from multiple disciplines to examine roles of bio- psycho-social contexts and positive youth development practices and their impacts on the lives of developing adolescents. Applies developmental knowledge to current issues in adolescent development and youth justice and advocacy. 4cr.
SED YJ 380: Youthwork & Advocacy
Application of positive youth development to youth advocacy, youth empowerment and youth activism. The course explores youth assets and strengths and how to develop youth-led strategies and effective advocacy with court-involved youth. Students explore current policy issues related to system-involved youth. 4cr.
SED YJ 401: Practicum in YJA
Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED YJ 201, SED YJ 301, SED YJ 302, SED YJ 360, SED YJ 380 and senior standing.
This 200-hour practicum field placement experience focuses on professional development for work with youth and families. Students are expected to attend on-site practicum for 16 hours per week for a total of 200 hours over the semester. This course is taken concurrently with YJ 404, Practice Seminar in Youth Justice, which meets weekly for supervision and skill development. Restricted to qualified students majoring in Youth Justice and Advocacy. 4cr.
SED YJ 403: Senior Integrative Capstone in YJA
Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED YJ 201, SED YJ 301, SED YJ 302, SED YJ 360, SED YJ 380, SED YJ 401/404 AND SENIOR STANDING
This four-credit undergraduate capstone course integrates and applies the conceptual frameworks underpinning coursework in YJA with practice via an experiential learning opportunity and written assignments. The focus is on integration of theory and practice in youth work. 4cr.
SED YJ 404: Practice Seminar in YJA
Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED YJ 201, SED YJ 301, SED YJ 302, SED YJ 360, SED YJ 380 AND SENIORSTANDING
Integrates conceptual frameworks and skill development with the practicum experience. The focus is on professional development for work with youth and families. Class meets weekly and includes didactic and group supervision components. Taken concurrently with YJ 401 Practicum in YJA. Restricted to qualified students majoring in Youth Justice and Advocacy. 4cr.