Core Module Information
Module title: Youth, Crime and Deviance

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC08105
Module leader: Jamie Buchan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

SSC07101 Introduction to Sociology 1
SSC07102 Understanding Social Change

Description of module content:

This module begins by introducing the concepts of ‘youth’ and ‘crime’ and the shifting meanings attached to these terms, as well as exploring the extent and nature of youth offending. The first half of the module continues by critically examining some of the major theoretical explanations of youth crime e.g. developmental and life course perspectives, positivist approaches, radical and realist perspectives and (sub)-cultural theory. This includes developing an understanding of some of the ways that youth crime is manifest in society, with a focus on gangs, drugs and anti-social behaviour, as well as the victimisation of young people. The second half of the module considers responses to youth crime and the role of the youth justice system in particular. You will examine youth justice systems in the UK, set in a comparative context, and consider the somewhat contradictory discourses that have emerged in response to youth offending e.g. welfare, justice, punitiveness, diversion, prevention, managerial.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Examine the extent and nature of contemporary youth crime.
LO2: Explore the various constructions of youth crime.
LO3: Review and describe the development of youth justice systems in the UK and the Government responses to youth crime.
LO4: Examine different manifestations of youth crime, including gangs, drugs, anti-social behaviour and the impact on victims
LO5: Develop insight into the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed to explain youth offending.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jamie Buchan
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 10 1,2,3,4,5 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 400
Essay 40 1,2,5 7 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1600
Report 50 1,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Youth, Crime and Deviance