Subject details

After successfully completing this subject 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.

  • Topics
    • Setting the scene for youth justice: How do we 'value' young people? How do we respond to troubled and troublesome young people?
    • Criminological explanations of youth offending
    • Advocacy and working with young people; Researching young people
    • Young women in the youth justice system
    • Indigenous young people in the youth justice system
    • Policing youth
    • Young people, public space and cyberspace
    • Youth Justice: legislation and the court system
    • Diversion, sentencing and restorative approaches
    • Crime prevention and program evaluation
    • Children and young people as victims of crime
    • International conventions and obligations
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 - Part A: feedforward exercise (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Part B: Case Study (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Online Quizzes (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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