Youth Justice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study - Part A: feedforward exercise (10%) , Case Study 2 - Part B: Case Study (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit explores the historical, sociological and criminological context of youth justice. This is a field that offers particular challenges for both criminal and social justice. Links are established between youth justice and the various agencies established to work with the young. Particular attention is given to the skills, knowledge and interpersonal strategies required to work with and support young people in the criminal justice field. Consideration is given to legislation governing approaches to young people and crime.

This unit aims to assist students to develop the following:

  1. have an understanding of the historical and sociological origins of the concepts childhood, youth and youth justice and the ways such views change over time.
  2. have an understanding of the parameters and patterns of youthful offending, along with criminological theories that relate specifically to youth crime
  3. have an appreciation and understanding of the professional skills and practices needed to work with young people (including approaches to advocacy)
  4. have an understanding of legislation and legal conventions that address the welfare of the young - especially in terms of crime and justice
  5. have an understanding of ways to research the experiences of young people who have come into contact with the justice arena.
  • Case Study — Part A: feedforward exercise (10%)
  • Case Study 2 — Part B: Case Study (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit, it is a third year unit. You should complete other first and second year criminology units before starting this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Setting the scene for youth justice: How do we 'value' young people? How do we respond to troubled and troublesome young people?
2Criminological explanations of youth offending
3Advocacy and working with young people
4Young women in the youth justice system
5Indigenous young people in the youth justice system
6Researching young people
7Policing youth
8Young people, public space and cyberspace
9Youth Justice: legislation and the court system
10Diversion, sentencing and restorative approaches
11Crime prevention and program evaluation
12Children and young people as victims of crime
13International conventions and obligations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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