Fall 2023 - CRIM 210 D100
Law, Youth and Young Offenders (3)
Class Number: 5975
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 has four main themes: (1) historical perspectives on adolescence as a unique developmental stage, (2) theoretical perspectives concerning the development of offending by adolescents, (3) youth justice legislation, and (4) the processing of adolescents at various stages of the legal system.
Students will learn about what it means to be an adolescent at various stages in Canada’s history. This will facilitate students’ understanding of various theoretical perspectives developed to explain involvement in antisocial and criminal behavior by children and adolescents. This understanding will be compared and contrasted with how Canada’s youth justice policies over the years have viewed adolescent involvement in criminal behavior. Finally, the course will describe how various systems (e.g., policing, courts, corrections) respond to youth in conflict with the law.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Understand historical definitions of adolescence and treatment of adolescents.
- Understand social and psychological theories used to explain adolescent offending.
- Understand the principles and models of various youth justice acts in Canada’s history.
- Understand the role of police, the courts, and corrections in responding to youth in conflict with the law.
- Quiz #1 15%
- Discussion Papers (Three short essays; 15% each) 45%
- Paper Presentation 15%
- Tutorial Professionalism 10%
- Quiz #2 15%
Bell, Sandra J. Young Offenders and Juvenile Justice: A Century after the Fact (5th Ed). Toronto: Nelson, 2014. ISBN 9780176531706.
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