Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject identifies and critically examines issues relating to youth offending via an examination of laws, policies and programs shaping this area of practice. The subject explores the historic, ethical and theoretical underpinning of youth justice in Australia. Local and international human rights instruments will also be considered. Explanations of youth offending will be explored, as will the link between child protection, youth justice and the adult criminal justice system. Notions of competence, criminal responsibility and maturity are identified as central considerations in the youth justice system. Current case management practices in both community and custodial settings will be examined against evidence-based theories of best practice.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSuzanne O'Toole

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Complete 60 credit points LCR/LAW/LST coded subjects at level 1 and 60 credit points LCR/LAW/LST coded subjects at level 2


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Juvenile Justice Youth and Crime in Australia

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorCunneen, While and Richards





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to evaluate key concepts of youth justice
02. Explain and critique case-based and statutory principles relating to youth justice
03. Demonstrate an understanding of the key policy issues arising in the management of young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system
04. Communicate effectively using the principles of plain legal English

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSuzanne O'Toole

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online quizzes (1200 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO3

Report or Essay (1500 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Take-home assessment (1500 word equivalent). To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4