Youth, Crime and Criminal Justice - SOCI6500

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Simon Shaw checkmark-circle


This module will cover: The history of youth crime and youth justice; the age of criminal responsibility; theoretical debates surrounding youth crime; the media construction of youth crime; the politics of youth crime; the structures and technologies of the youth justice system; restorative youth justice; and the relationship between the youth justice system and other branches of social policy.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total study hours:- 150


BA (Hons) Criminal Justice & Criminology, BSc Social Sciences

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework - Essay (2,500 words) - 80%.
Moodle Quiz – 20%

Reassessment Methods:
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

Arthur, R. (2017) The Moral Foundations of the Youth Justice System: Understanding the principles of the youth justice system, London: Routledge
Case, S. and Haines, K. (2009), Understanding Youth Offending: Risk factor research, policy and practice, Cullompton: Willan
Goldson, B. and Muncie, J. (2015) Youth Crime & Justice (2nd edition), London: Sage
Hopkins Burke, R. (2016) Young People, Crime and Justice (2nd edition) London: Routledge
Muncie, J. (2021) Youth and Crime (5th edn.), Los Angeles, Sage
Smith, R. (2013) Youth Justice: Ideas, policy, practice (3rd edition), London: Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

8The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Critically assess and evaluate youth justice issues.
8.2 Have a critical appreciation of the ways in which the definitions and concepts of 'youth crime' and 'youth justice' have evolved, being sensitive to their historical and cultural meanings.
8.3 Specifically and critically understand issues of youth social control mechanisms and punishment.
8.4 Critically assess contemporary debates and developments in the field of youth justice.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Synthesise items of knowledge from different schools and disciplines of enquiry.
9.2 Advance their existing skills in regard to the organisation of information and effective communication in a clear and coherent manner.
9.3 Conduct research by using library, e-journals and other on-line resources
9.4 Demonstrate an understanding of how theory and research can be used to solve problems.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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