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PLG 325 : Juvenile and Education Law

Course Description

In this course students will study the evolution legal theory and law as related to juveniles. Students will explore the rights of juveniles both in court settings and non-court settings. Students will examine the nuances and jurisdiction of the juvenile court system, the rights of the children in the system, the types of investigations, hearings and procedures that occur in juvenile matters. Students will focus on issues of delinquency, status offenses, abuse, neglect and dependency paying special attention to the roles of prosecutors, guardians ad litem, attorneys for the minor child and defense counsel. Students will also learn about education law as it impacts all students.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Explain the history and unique philosophy behind juvenile law.
  2. Compare the constitutional rights of juveniles with those of adults in court and non-court settlings.
  3. Evaluate the similarities and differences of each type of juvenile court proceeding.
  4. Analyze issues affecting an intake interview with a juvenile client and analyze key legal issues arising from the representation of juveniles.
  5. Analyze issues unique to juvenile crime and delinquency court.
  6. Evaluate the evolution of our child protection system and describe the terminology and processes of child protection court.
  7. Identify legal issues arising from petitions filed for abuse or neglect.
  8. Explain the parts and process of an Expulsion Hearing.
  9. Evaluate the key parts of IDEA 2004.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze legal issues related to juvenile law through writing proficiencies appropriate to the college level.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Quizzes (Weeks 2, 4 & 6)

25%

Midterm Project (Week 4)

25%

Final Exam (Week 8)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Garner (2014). Understanding Series: Understanding Juvenile Law. 4th edition. ISBN-10: 0769891233 or ISBN-13: 9780769891231
  • The Deshaney Case: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Dilemma of State Intervention ISBN 978-0-7006-1497-4
  • Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition ISBN 978-1892320162

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,2

Topic: Introduction to Juvenile Law

  • Readings:
    • Understanding Juvenile Law - Chapters 1 & 2
    • Start Reading The Deshaney Case

      Note: You may read The DeShaney Case at your own pace but it must be completed by the beginning of Week 6.
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Begin research project due in Week 4

2

1,2

Topics: Private Law Issues Outside the Family & Constitutional Rights

  • Readings:
    • Understanding Juvenile Law - Chapters 5 & 6
    • Continue Reading The Deshaney Case
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Quiz on material from Weeks 1 & 2

3

1,3,4,5,11

Topics: Delinquency – History, Jurisdiction and Pre-Adjudication

  • Readings:
    • Understanding Juvenile Law - Chapters 7, 8 & 9
    • Continue Reading The Deshaney Case
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

4

1,3,4,5,11,12

Topics: Delinquency – Adjudication, Disposition and Future of the System

  • Readings:
    • Understanding Juvenile Law - Chapters 10, 11 & 12
    • Continue Reading The Deshaney Case
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Quiz on material from Weeks 3 & 4
  • Submit Midterm Project

5

1,6,7,8

Topics: The Child and the Family - child abuse, neglect and custody issues

  • Readings:
    • Understanding Juvenile Law - Chapters 3 & 4
    • Continue Reading The Deshaney Case
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

6

1,6,7

Topics: Protective Services – State Limitations and Services

  • Readings:
    • Complete Reading “The Deshaney Case”
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Quiz on material from Weeks 5 & 6

7

1,9,10,11

Topics: Education Law – IDEA 2004 and Special Education Issues

  • Readings:
    • Internet research activity
    • Read selected material from Special Education Law
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions

8

1,9,10,11

Topic: Education Law – School Expulsion Hearings

  • Readings:
    • Read selected material from Special Education Law
  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam
SLOs 1-10

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