|Short Description:||Youth Deviance Juvenile Justic|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Law and Justice|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||099903 - Criminology|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/currentstudents/support/computing/hardware.
Adolescence is a time of great change and development during a person's life. Also, during the adolescent years is when the rate of deviant and offending behaviour peaks. This course introduces students to theoretical explanations around why offending behaviour is most problematic amongst juveniles. The history of juvenile justice and the institutes in place to provide justice services to young offenders, as well as the various justice models that guide these responses is also examined. Students will learn that dealing with young offenders requires a number of special considerations. For example, the socio-demographic characteristics of young people such as socio-economic status, indignity, ethnicity, and gender lead to differential ways of young people being dealt with and processed through the juvenile justice system. These social dynamics are examined during this course as well as the juvenile justice system's responses to young people who offend, the challenges associated with those responses, punishment of young offenders and alternative responses that emphasise rehabilitation.