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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW2420 Youth Crime and Justice

20 creditsClass Size: 136

Module manager: Dr Richard Peake

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

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.


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.


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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks overall.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio2,500 words100.00
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: 14/06/2024 10:32:01


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