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JALE3904 - Youth Justice

Criminology Unit


One trimester



Credit points: 



Successful completion of all 100 level units and four (4) 200 level units 

Mode(s) of delivery:

On-Campus, Online



Unit Objective

To provide students with a background to, and a working knowledge of, the philosophies, practices and agencies of youth justice 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the general history of the separation of the adult and youth justice systems in Western jurisdictions;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the numerous debates that are related to this separation;
  • Evaluate critically the ongoing conflicts between the welfare and justice models of youth justice;
  • Evaluate the major pieces of legislation that impact on young offenders;
  • Evaluate critically the debates that relate to assessing criminal responsibility with young people, and the broader forces that affect such debates;
  • Critically analyse the various services, institutions and sentencing options that are available to young offenders;
  • Evaluate contemporary issues such as the Criminal Justice Enhancement Program and diversion programs.

Unit Content

The unit looks holistically at youth crime from a historical prospective through to contemporary approaches to prevent youth offending.  Consideration will be given to debates about young people and their status in society including the notions of competence, criminal responsibility and maturity as central considerations in the youth justice system.  The age of criminal responsibility is explained within a historical and political context.  Legislation that addresses young offenders is introduced and the most significant sections are detailed and critiqued.  The various services, institutions, sentencing options, preventative approaches and processing pathways that exist for young offenders in Victoria and Australia will be examined. 

Unit Workload

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week for 12 weeks. The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space


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