Advanced Juvenile Justice Policy
Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.
Students in the fall Juvenile Justice Policy seminar worked on major research projects on behalf of juvenile justice system stakeholders, and produced substantial reports of immediate relevance to those involved in the ongoing juvenile justice reform process in Texas. This advanced seminar provides an opportunity for students to continue refining their work products, and to seek to influence policy and practice through their work, while under the supervision and direction of the Instructor. The primary focus of this semester’s activities will be “Making an Impact with our Research.”
The course curriculum will be highly self-directed, and will depend heavily upon the student’s specific project and the needs of juvenile justice system stakeholders with whom we will be collaborating. Students will be expected to develop a plan to guide their activities throughout the semester that builds upon their prior research. Those activities may include, for example: incorporating feedback on last semester’s research paper and finalizing it for distribution or publication; preparing policy briefs based upon the research; conducting briefings with stakeholders, including advocates, agency officials, practitioners, and legislators and their staffs; testifying in relevant interim legislative hearings; conducting additional research on related topics and preparing written reports; participating in meetings with agencies to help with implementation; and preparing presentations for conferences. At the end of the semester, each student will present a portfolio of work products to the Instructor, along with a summary of the activities they have undertaken and the impact their work has made to date.
The goals of this course are: (1) to teach students how to conduct policy-relevant research and operationalize their research so that it influences actual policy and practice; and (2) to provide needed research and policy guidance to stakeholders working on juvenile justice reforms in Texas.
We will have occasional group meetings, but more often we will meet in individual tutorials, so the Instructor can provide project-specific guidance and feedback to each student or team of students.
Prerequisite: Juvenile Justice Policy (PA #61235 or Law #29150) and permission of the Instructor