Youth Offending

Subject 191-313 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Usually 25 points of second year criminology subjects.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
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Dr Mark Halsey
Subject Overview:

This subject provides an examination of theories relating to juvenile offending, and an analysis of juvenile justice policies, practices and reforms. It explores the dynamics of youth offending, and the varying responses of different parts of the welfare and criminal justice systems to the behaviour of young people. The subject considers issues relating to social division (eg. class, gender, ethnicity and race) and how these are reflected in the operation and strategies of the juvenile justice system. Upon completion of the subject, students should have detailed knowledge of the institutions of juvenile justice, and the major issues associated with the phenomenon of young offending.

Assessment: An essay of 1500 words 30% (due during semester) and an essay of 2500 words 70% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;

  • have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing and orally;

  • have sophisticated awareness of cultural, ethnic and gender diversities and their implications;

  • have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.


Formerly available as 191-415. Students who have completed 191-415 are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Diploma in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Certificate in Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Criminology)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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