Youth Justice and Crime

CRI30010 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face, 90 hours SOL

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22


CRI10001 Criminology: Theory and Practice
 CRI10002 Fundamentals of Criminology

Aims and objectives

This unit focusses 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.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Develop an understanding and theoretically-informed perspective of the criminal genesis of juvenile crime.
2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the criminal justice system and the laws that pertain to juvenile offending through analysis, research and consultation with student research partners.
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the criminal justice system through an analysis of law making and sentencing responses to juvenile crime.
4. Evaluate the criminal justice system in its interactions with indigenous youth.
5. Analyse and develop evidence-based recommendations for adaptions and changes to the criminal justice system as it relates to juvenile crime.

Courses with unit

Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology;