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

2019/0, 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:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO1-5: The lectures and tutorials will use a range of methods to encourage student participation and critical thinking (audio-visual; group discussions and debates; reflective learning; online and newspaper articles). Students will engage with theoretical frameworks and learn to apply them to debates on contemporary youth crime to develop their understanding. Students will be expected to access Moodle online learning to remain up to date with lecture notes and information about tutorials and to receive direction towards focussed reading and a range of shared resources.

Formative Assessment:
There are a number of opportunities for formative feedback in the module. Tutorials in weeks 3 and 4 offer the student the opportunity to bring a draft policy report for feedback. This is supported by the Confident Futures team. The tutorials in week 11 allow students the opportunity to get feedback on their essay plans. This tutorial encompasses a ‘feedback/feedforward’ session, where the student can bring feedback from the policy report and discuss how they can make changes for the second assignment.

Summative Assessment:
LO1-3: Students will develop thinking around the policy implications of what is known about youth crime. They are assessed on their ability to succinctly deliver a coherent policy strategy in the area of youth crime based on this knowledge. Students are primarily assessed on LO1-3, but they are also expected to engage with theory (LO5)

LO 4-5: Their own independent studies, critical understanding of the course and an ability to communicate a clear and convincing argument are assessed in the summative essay. This primarily assesses their understanding of theory (LO5) in relation to one of the manifestations of youth crime (LO4), however, they will also be expected to engage with policy responses to youth crime (LO3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Online Guided independent study 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 127
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2 & 3 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 50 4 & 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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. 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. The final lecture examines the role of victims in youth crime discourse.

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.

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