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Youth Justice - SPY00021H

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Rachel Vipond
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To facilitate a critical understanding of youth crime policy and how the youth justice system operates
  • To introduce students to the socially constructed nature of youth and youth crime
  • To explore relationships between welfare, justice, rights and responsibilities in the context of the youth justice system
  • To engage with contemporary debates about youth offending in England

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students who have attended the lectures and workshops and also undertaken complementary reading will:

  • Be aware of the history and development of youth justice services in England
  • Be familiar with contemporary policy and practice within the youth justice system in the UK and internationally
  • Have explored the tensions generated by approaches that seek to deliver welfare and discipline for young people
  • Be able to analyse the political and moral forces that shape society s approach to young people who break the law


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

In addition to informal feedback you receive when talking to tutors in seminars or through the discussion space, you will receive the following types of feedback for your assessments in this module:

You will receive written prompt feedback using a Marking Matrix within four weeks. You can discuss your feedback with your personal supervisor or module tutor during their Office Hours (listed within the SPSW Staff Office Hours space on Yorkshare).


Indicative reading

The reading lists are all held on the VLE under the tab Resource List. No paper copies of the reading list will be provided - you can print off individual resource lists for reference.

The reading lists should act as a guide to the most important and widely cited sources on particular topics, but it is not an exhaustive list of available titles. You should familiarise yourself with relevant sections of the library.

There is one really useful key textbook for this module:

  • Muncie, J. (2014) Youth & crime. London: SAGE. There are many older editions of this text which are also very useful.

The following items have been placed on Key Texts in the library and should act as other primary resources for the module.

  • Baker, K., Gill; K. and Wilkinson, B. (2011) Assessment in youth justice, Bristol : Policy Press
  • Goldson, B. and Muncie, J. (2006) Youth crime and justice, London: Sage
  • Muncie, J., Hughes, G. and McLaughlin, E. (2002) Youth Justice: Critical Readings. London: Sage
  • Taylor, W., Earle, R., and Hester, R. (2010) Youth justice handbook: theory, policy and practice, Cullompton: Willan
  • Sharpe, G. (2012) Offending Girls: Young women and youth justice. London: Routledge
  • Smith, R. (2011) Doing justice to young people: Youth crime and social justice. Abingdon: Willan

At the very least we expect you to read a relevant textbook chapter in advance of each session and do the readings specified on the VLE. For your essays and presentations you will need to read much further than these texts.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.