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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW2420 Youth Crime and Justice

20 creditsClass Size: 128

Module manager: Dr Richard Peake
Email: R.Peake@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is mutually exclusive with

LLLC2062Young People, Crime and Policy Responses

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores the nature and extent of youth crime and the sources of our knowledge about youth offending and its prevention. It considers social and legal constructions of youth as well as children and young people as victims. It provides an analysis of the youth justice system in England and Wales and contemporary youth justice debates.

Objectives

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
- be able to understand explanations of youth crime;
- have a good knowledge of the youth justice system;
- have an understanding of children and young people as suspects and offenders in the youth justice process;
- be able to understand children's and young people's experiences as victims;
- be able to reflect critically on the nature and social consequences of youth offending and youth justice.


Syllabus

History and development of youth justice
Contemporary youth justice (from 1997)
Nature and extent of youth offending
Public perception
Theories of youth offending:
Risk factors
Youth transitions
Youth sub-cultures and crime
Children as victims
Child sexual exploitation
The age of criminal responsibility
Preventing youth offending
Children as witnesses in court
Cautions and diversion from custody
Restorative justice for young people
Community punishments
Youth custody

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture221.0022.00
Seminar81.008.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

66 hours: Reading selected materials for lectures @ 3 hours per lecture;
32 hours: Preparing for seminars @ 4 hours per seminar;
72 hours: Preparation for assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to complete a formative assessment in the form of up to 500 word sample writing for the portfolio.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio3,000 word100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 09:50:03

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