Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

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

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

4. Demonstrate an ability to understand the historical context of Aboriginal young people in the juvenile justice system; Course outcomes: (1, 2, 3). and analyse the particular issues surrounding young women and youth from ethnic backgrounds in Juvenile Justice.


This 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 perspectives 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 offender

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Essay: Minor Essay

Essay: Major Essay

Presentation: Tutorial Presentation

Report: Court Report/Case Study