Children and Young People: Criminological Approaches - Current Debates

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
29 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L520 Childhood Studies,
BA L521 Childhood Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA L522 Childhood Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA L523 Childhood Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA LM11 Criminology with Criminal Law,
BA LM12 Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Year Abroad),
BA LM13 Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module asks why, how and with what effects children and young people have been constructed as subjects with rights, citizens with needs, offenders to be reformed or punished, victims to be protected and political subjects. It explores children and young people's experiences of (il)legal youth cultures, systems of youth justice, education, child protection, family intervention and politics. It draws on examples from the UK as well as the wider world.

Module aims

To explore the impact of various social constructions of children and young people.
To examine the social problems for children as victims and children as offenders.
To analyse the ways that children participate in social and political life.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to apply key theoretical positions to a range of empirically-grounded studies of children and young people. They will be able to explain how and why children and young people are variously positioned as offenders, victims, subjects and citizens.

Module information

Please note that assessment information is currently showing for 2019-20 and will be updated in September.

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.


  • Aldridge, Judith; Measham, Fiona; Williams, Lisa. (2011) Illegal leisure revisited: changing patterns of alcohol and drug use in adolescents and young adults, Hove: Routledge. vol. Adolescence and society series
  • Bannister, J.; Kearns, A. (2013-09-01) 'Overcoming intolerance to young people's conduct: Implications from the unintended consequences of policy in the UK', in Criminology and Criminal Justice. vol. 13 (4) , pp.380-397
  • Muggleton, David; Weinzierl, Rupert. (2003) The post-subcultures reader, Oxford: Berg.
  • Philo, Chris; Smith, Fiona M. (2003-08) 'Guest Editorial: Political geographies of children and young people', in Space and Polity. vol. 7 (2) , pp.99-115
  • Wyness, Michael G. (©2019) 'The social meaning of childhood', in Childhood and society, London: Macmillan Education., pp.7-25

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alexandra Cox, email:
Dr Alexandra Cox
Jane Harper, Student Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052 E-mail:



External examiner

Dr Jennifer Fleetwood
Goldsmiths, University of London
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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