Module Identifier CR31520  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Professor Alan H Clarke  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mrs Claudine Allison Reynolds, Miss Katherine S Williams  
Pre-Requisite CR10120 OR LA39220  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours. Ten one hour and ten two hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Three two hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  100%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the involvement of young people in crime and anti-social behaviour.
2. Analyse the reasons for youth involvement of young people in crime and anti-social behaviour.
3 Explain and critically evaluate the interventions used by the criminal justice system to control or alter youth offending.
4. Identify strengths and problems with the present way in which the system defines, understands and tries to solve the problem.
5. Identify alternative approaches and be able to evaluate their likelihood of success.
6. Demonstrate both effective research skills and an understanding of evaluative literature.


For over fifty years there has been a growing interest in investigating the links between young people and crime. Building on the introductory courses in criminology this course will familiarize students with the major debates surrounding youth participation in crime and anti-social behaviour, societal desires to control it and the ways in which this is done. The student will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the problem, its solutions and other initiatives which may prove effective.

Brief description

Young people have been increasingly associated with criminal and anti-social behaviour. This course will investigate that association and disentangle the complex social and control issues involved in this area of study. It will build on knowledge assimilated in the earlier foundation courses concerning reasons for offending, put them into a youth justice context and illustrate how they are used to back up policy initiatives. It will evaluate many of the youth justice initiatives as well as introducing students to both the concept and reality of inter-agency working


Youth offending.
Young people as victims.
Explanations of `Youth Crime┬┐.
The Development of Youth Justice Philosophies, Laws and Policies.
The Current Framework of Youth Justice
Assessing Young People
Custodial Treatment of Young People
Community Orders
The Youth Offending Team
Inter-Agency Working
Managing Young People
Altering Behaviour Patterns
Comparative approaches and other initiatives.
Gender, Race and ethnicity


This module is at CQFW Level 6