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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)
Area of Study: Social Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
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CRJS 370 is not available for challenge.
CRJS 370: Youth Justice is a three-credit, undergraduate-level course that takes a criminological approach to understanding Canada’s separate youth justice system. Young offenders receive special status under the law in Canada. How we respond to youth crime is important to society and, more broadly, to criminal justice. This course explores major theoretical perspectives that seek to explain the causes, nature, and processes of youth crime and delinquency and how the criminal justice system responds to them. Specifically, students examine what youth crime “looks like” in Canada and how it is measured for research purposes. The course also focuses on the historical development and policy shifts that have changed how the system handles young offenders. This includes an examination of police discretion with youth, sentencing, and the use of interventions and programming to prevent youth crime. Students learn about—and critically evaluate—the current debates and issues in youth justice: Are youth more violent today than in the past? Does increasing penalties reduce youth crime? Do crime prevention programs work? Can we effectively rehabilitate young offenders?
When you have completed CRJS 370: Youth Justice, you should be able to:
CRJS 370 is divided into seven units:
To receive credit for CRJS 370, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.
Bell, S. J. (2015). Young Offenders and Youth Justice: A Century After the Fact (5th ed.). Toronto: Nelson. (eText)
A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
All of the course materials for CRJS 370 are available online through the myAU portal. The textbook is available digitally and will be sent to you before your course start date.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, November 30, 2017.
Updated October 30, 2019 by Student & Academic Services