This Criminology degree provides a critical introduction to two significant and challenging social issues – crime and youth justice.
The youth justice system in England and Wales is responsible for sentencing and working with young people under the age of 18 who have committed a criminal oﬀence. The system also intervenes with young people whose behaviour is problematic before they enter the formal court system.
The main aim of the youth justice system is the prevention of youth crime. As well as understanding criminal behaviour in people of all ages, you will explore the main issues around youth crime and the youth justice system, as well as how society responds to young oﬀenders.
Year One: Criminology and Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Degree
The first year offers an introduction to the youth justice system, and criminology and criminal justice. You’ll gain a better understanding of crime and the victims of crime, with an emphasis on children, young people and society.
- Understanding Criminal Justice
- Criminological Theory
- Understanding Crime, Victims and Society
- Children, Young People and Society
- Introduction to Youth Justice
- Researching Crime and Criminal Justice I
Year Two: Criminology and Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Degree
You will study:
- Penology: Prisons Punishment and Offender Management
- Researching Crime and Justice II
- Understanding Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice
- Contemporary Issues in Substance Misuse
- Youth Justice – The Historical Perspectives
- Policing (optional)
- Professional Practice (optional)
Year Three: Criminology and Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Degree
In the final year, you can conduct an in-depth investigation in an area that interests you. Modules you will study include:
- Critical Issues in Criminal Investigations
- Terrorism, Security and the War on Terror
- Guided Independent Study – Youth Justice
- Women and Criminal Justice
- Comparative Youth Justice
- Contemporary Issues in Youth and Crime
You will study through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Study includes visits to outside agencies to gain a unique insight into the British Criminal Justice System.
You will also have the opportunity to learn from a number of visiting speakers from within the sector. They will provide you with unique, varied perspectives and knowledge from different areas within the Criminal Justice System.
You will be assessed through a variety of methods including essays, exams and case studies.