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CRIM3012 Youth, Crime and Society

Module Overview

This module aims to introduce you to some of the key theories that have been employed in the study of young people and crime. We will also be looking at current policy in the UK to deal with young offenders. One of the main themes that runs throughout this unit is the way in which the 'problem of youth' is continually reinvented and debated as if new and unique. We will also look at the role of youth crime in political debates about law, order and punishment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- To explore the relationship between youth and crime. - To encourage informed and critical thinking about the nature of juvenile justice and the importance of its social context. - To critically explore theoretical, empirical and policy studies undertaken by criminologists in this area. - To develop a critical knowledge of the contribution of criminology to the study of youth and crime. - To develop a critical knowledge of the development of youth justice in Britain and the debates associated with this. - To develop a critical knowledge of the position of youth within law-and-order discourses.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the contribution of criminology to the explanation of youth crime; the development of juvenile justice and the competing approaches to this; and the position of youth within law-and-order discourses.
  • Critically evaluate different theories and social policies.
  • Synthesise a variety of sources into a coherent argument.
  • Engage in problem solving and critical analysis.
  • Develop organisation and information skills.


This module explores the complex relationship between ‘youth’ and crime including theoretical, empirical and policy research undertaken by criminologists in this area. Current policies in the area of youth justice are explored and comparisons made with other societies.

Special Features


Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught by means of fifteen lectures and five seminars. You are expected to undertake extensive reading to support lecture and seminar activities. Learning activities include: Engaging with popular representations of youth crime. Evaluating government policy on youth crime crime.

Wider reading or practice65
Completion of assessment task65
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Maguire, M; Morgan, R; Reinder, R (eds) (2007). The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (4th Edition). 

Muncie, J (2004). Youth and Crime. 

Muncie, J; Hughes, G; McLaughline, E. (eds) (2002). Youth Justince: Critical Readings. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2000 words) 40%
Coursework  (3000 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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