CR5008 - Youth Crime and Deviance

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What will I learn on this module?

The principal aim of this module is to provide students with historical, theoretical and comparative perspectives of diverse forms of youth crime and deviance. It will expose students to a diverse range of empirically based research studies from social science disciplines and illustrate the connection to deeper critical understandings of youth crime and deviance Through this module, students will explore key trends in terms of youth crime and deviance, the historical development of the concept of youth, both classical and contemporary theories of youth crime and deviance, the development of the youth justice system over time and a series of case study issues, including youth homelessness, illicit drug use, knife crime and gang violence.

How will I learn on this module?

The module aims to further develop key graduate skills, including independent study, research, critical thinking and analysis, oral and written communication, organisation and time management. The module will be delivered through weekly two-hour lectures and one-hour seminars. The lectures will typically adopt a workshop style format, with an emphasis on interactivity and student engagement. The lectures will incorporate discussions of theory, research, policy and practice. The seminars will each focus around an activity, with students expected to engage in preparatory reading in advance. The seminars will aim to further develop student Students will also be expected to learn through independent study (supported by an e-reading list and tutorials) and the completion of assessments.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The academic, professional and personal development of students will be facilitated by classroom based support from module tutors, external guest speakers and peers. Support will also be offered by tutors via weekly feedback and tutorial hours and email communication. An extensive e-reading list for the module will also be provided, alongside detailed lecture slides and seminar briefs which will be posted on the module eLP site.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. To critically analyse, and engage in debates about concerns about youth crime and deviance within contemporary society
2. To analyse the different ways in which research, key theories and concepts on youth crime and deviance help to explain this key social problem and underpin responses to it.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. To collaborate with others and to work as part of a team to formulate questions about, critically discuss and evaluate particular case studies.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. To have confidence in your own thinking and assessment of events and issues, but also to be open to challenge and debate too.

How will I be assessed?

The module will have two summative assessments:

- A 40 question, multiple-choice exam – worth 35% of the overall module mark. This main focus of the exam will be the students’ knowledge and understanding of key theories and concepts of youth crime and deviance (MLOs KU 1 and 2)
- A 2,500 word essay – worth 65% of the module mark. The students will be asked to critically discuss a key case study issue in the broader context of statistics, government policy, practice, research findings and key theories and concept (MLOS ku 1 and 2, IPSA 1, PVA 1).

Formative feedback will be given through the lectures and seminars, where the emphasis will be on student interactivity and engagement in constructive tasks.





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Course info

UCAS Code LM39

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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