Youth Justice (958M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Youth justice is a broad subject covering both the substantive law governing crimes committed by young people and criminological perspectives on, for example, subcultures, risk, governance and ‘childhood’.

It involves examining a number of contentious questions and issues, including:

  • the age of criminal responsibility
  • diversion
  • sentencing
  • incarceration
  • detention
  • policing
  • punishment.

For example, should young people be treated more leniently than adults? What is the relationship between offending and youth? What is the political context in which youth justice policy is made?

This module will explore these, and other questions, with a focus on collaborative learning and the use of a range of interactive tools to engage students and promote learning.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 280 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.