Youth Justice - 2018

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 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study - Part A: feedforward exercise (10%) , Case Study 2 - Part B: Case Study (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
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.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

1  Present an explanation of the historical and sociological concepts of childhood, youth and youth justice.
2  Analyse and interpret evidence of the parameters and patterns of youthful offending, and criminological theories that relate specifically to youth crime.
3  Demonstrate ethical, professional and social communication skills when dealing with youth agencies and organisations.
4  Work collaboratively to research, analyse and present findings to a professional standard.
5  Apply knowledge of legal conventions that address the interface between young people and youth justice, supported by reference to scholarly literature.

  • Case Study — Part A: feedforward exercise (10%)
  • Case Study 2 — Part B: Case Study (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quizzes — Online Quizzes (20%)
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.

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; Researching young people
4Young women in the youth justice system
5Indigenous young people in the youth justice system
6Policing youth
7Young people, public space and cyberspace
8Youth Justice: legislation and the court system
9Diversion, sentencing and restorative approaches
10Crime prevention and program evaluation
11Children and young people as victims of crime
12International conventions and obligations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • 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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