Children and Young People: Criminological Approaches - Current Debates

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
08 November 2019


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)

Module description

Children and young people have been socially constructed as both victims and villains. Using the criminological and sociological research, this module will introduce and critique some of the key social issues and concerns about young people. Topics will include children's rights, child protection, cybercrime, drug use and misuse as well as youth deviance and crime.

Module aims

To explore the impact of various social constructions of children and young people using current substantive examples.

To examine the social problems for children as victims and children as offenders.

To consider the ways in which young people are constrained and provoked in terms of deviant behaviour.

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

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Two hour seminar


  • 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.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Reading Assignment 1     10% 
Coursework   Reading Assignment 2     10% 
Coursework   Reading Assignment 3    10% 
Coursework   Essay    60% 
Practical   Class Participation     10% 
Exam  1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

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 29 hours, 20 (69%) hours available to students:
9 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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