JST204 Young People and Crime (8)

Young People and Crime examines the relationship between young people and the criminal justice system. This subject considers how children and young people are understood and responded to by various criminal justice agents and institutions. Students will examine key legal, policy, and theoretical frameworks concerning juvenile justice and welfare agencies and will evaluate key juvenile interventions including alternative practices.


Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST204. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Law and Justice

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the historical foundations of contemporary systems of juvenile justice and child welfare;
  • be able to employ appropriate criminological theory to examine explanations and responses to juvenile offending;
  • be able to describe the contemporary statutory frameworks governing young people;
  • be able to evaluate the effectiveness of current juvenile justice practices, institutional frameworks and principal sites of intervention into the lives of young people including Indigenous young people; and
  • be able to identify and evaluate alternatives to judicially processing young offenders, specifically focusing on pre-trial diversion, cautioning schemes, youth conferencing and other community based prevention and control initiatives


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical context of young people and crime
  • Legislative frameworks and contemporary issues in juvenile justice
  • Understanding youth crime: theoretical frameworks
  • The politics of 'risk' and the governance of youth crime
  • Social correlates and youth crime
  • Policing and youth crime
  • Courts, sentencing and youth crime
  • Corrections, community corrections and youth crime
  • Crime prevention, diversion and youth crime
  • Young people and victimology

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST204 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short answer response
Online quiz
Self reflection

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.