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Juvenile Justice and Crime

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: CRI30010

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit focuses on a specific aspect of the criminal justice system, offering students an opportunity for close analytical engagement with the laws, theories and practices pertaining to juveniles who offend. The unit will introduce and challenge students to understand the laws pertaining to juvenile offending and the means of analysis to understand the motivations, which may result in juveniles coming into contact with the criminal justice system. As such, students will become familiar with various statutory regimes that mediate their contact across the states of Australia and also with the theoretical explanations and methodologies to understand and engage in response to this category of crime.


Topics to be discussed may include:

  • Criminological theory
  • Juveniles and law and order
  • Indigenous juveniles and the criminal justice system
  • Restorative Justice
  • Courts and youth
  • Law and order regimes and legislative response to juvenile crime.

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