Juvenile Justice

Course code SPSW3404Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Young offenders and juvenile crime have a high public profile in Australia today. Indeed, in most advanced industrialised countries, this heightened awareness is fuelled by extensive media hype focusing negatively on young people generally and on youthful deviance specifically. This course is an examination of the people and institutions involved with juvenile justice in Australia. It will examine the process and theories of juvenile justice, as well as factors affecting juvenile justice. In addition, this course will examine the identified groups: Aboriginal youth, young women, Ethnic youth and young people with difficult behaviours, as each of these groups has particular needs.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

1. An understanding of the history, process and contemporary nature of juvenile justice.

2. The ability to critically analyse the different theoretical positions and models of juvenile justice.

3. An awareness of the courts and diversion of young offenders including the role of the police, the media and politics.

4. An ability to understand the historical context of Aboriginal young people in the juvenile justice system and analyse the particular issues surrounding young women and youth from ethnic backgrounds in Juvenile Justice.
ContentThis course includes:

1. A critical examination of the history and theory of juvenile justice including early nineteenth century developments, reformatories and industrial schools, traditional and mainstream perspective?s in juvenile justice and challenges to the orthodoxies.
2. An exploration of the dynamics of juvenile justice including the nature of contemporary juvenile crime, social institutions and youth alienation, indigenous young people, young women and the role of gender and youth from ethnic backgrounds.
3. A critical examination of the role of the state and punishment including the institutions of juvenile justice, the policing of young people, the courts and sentencing process and diversionary and community programs.
4. A critical review of the nature of youth work and case management within juvenile justice and the need for anti-oppressive and empowering practice models for working with young offenders.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces HUMA3404 Juvenile Justice
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3404 are not eligible to enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW1401
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Essay 40%
Essays / Written AssignmentsMinor Essay 30%
Presentations - TutorialTutorial Presentation 15%
ReportsCourt Report/Case Study 15%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 4 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Problem Based Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPSW3404