Fall 2022 - CRIM 210 D100
Law, Youth and Young Offenders (3)
Class Number: 2451
Delivery Method: In Person
An analysis of the definition and control of youthful misconduct in an historical and contemporary context. Attention is focused upon: the social construction of 'juvenile delinquency', the decline of the concept, and the emergence of the concept of the 'young offender'; the Young Offenders Act and related legislation; the growth of the welfare state and the role of social workers in 'policing' youth and families; explanations for the criminal behavior of young persons; state and private sector programs designed to deal with such behavior.
The course will begin with an examination of definitions and treatment of youth over time, with particular emphasis on young offenders. This will be followed with a review of the systems for the surveillance, management and discipline of youth, and associated legislation. The main theories of 'delinquency' will be critically analyzed, in conjunction with a review of the programmes and services established to deal with young offenders. Finally, the course will critically assess problems with the system, including overrepresentation of Indigenous youth. This course provides an introduction to and compact overview of the response to the 'social problem' of youth crime.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Demonstrate understanding of historical and contemporary social issues affecting youth in Canada, distinctive explanations for youth offending, and the Canadian response to the ‘social problem’ of youth crime.
- Identify and describe key features of the Canadian youth justice system, and key differences between historical and contemporary models of youth justice.
- Critically analyze historical and contemporary youth justice legislation in Canada (i.e., Juvenile Delinquents Act, Young Offenders Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act), and recent developments with respect to youth justice in Canada.
- Identify and describe the specific procedures of the police, courts, and corrections in relation to youth offenders, and explain the special due process rights of young persons involved in the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrate knowledge of empirical evidence about specific types of crime committed by youth (e.g., sexual offenders, violent offenders) and differences between public perceptions and what is known empirically.
- Critically evaluate institutional and community programs to assist young offenders.
- Tutorial Participation 10%
- Take-Home Tutorial Assignments 30%
- Test #1 30%
- Test #2 30%
Readings and additional materials will be available through the course Canvas page.
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