The MSc Youth Justice offers a unique opportunity to study the youth justice system in England and Wales. The scheme adopts a focused and specifically critical standpoint in the consideration of relevant issues, from within England and Wales. The scheme content directly relates to emerging critical youth justice research and provides students with an opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of current policy, legislation and its historical development, legislation and research, to current and rapidly developing changes in conceptions of ‘children’ and their treatment within and beyond current systems. The scheme also offers opportunities engage in a comparative analysis of the approaches adopted in other jurisdictions, in order to provide further critique the current and developing picture, and evaluate the impact of research on practice and policy. Students will be supported throughout to become independent researchers and writers in the realm of youth justice, through a series of lecture-seminar combined sessions, at which students will also be expected to lead discussions. Writing skills are a particular focus, with assignments structured as journal articles, and feedback given mirroring peer reviews, to prepare students for academic publication with advice and guidance from published academics. The scheme comprises of two compulsory modules (Critical Youth Justice and International Comparative Youth Justice), and a themed youth justice dissertation. Critical Youth Justice covers a wide range of topics including paradigms (justice vs welfare, risk-based youth justice, Child First/Rights-based youth justice), contentious issues (minimum age of criminal responsibility, moral panics, custody and resettlement) and contemporary debates (current topics, for example: disproportionality, gangs/knife crime). International Comparative Youth Justice comprises detailed critical exploration of a range of different jurisdictions, for example, Scotland, USA, Australia, Canada, Nordic countries, Japan and New Zealand.
How to apply
2ii Bachelors (Honours) degree in criminology or a related subject area, or equivalent. Non-graduates will be considered individually based on relevant work experience.
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