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Youth justice: theory, research and practice

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This course is primarily designed for people working in youth justice and focuses on the overarching knowledge required to be an effective practitioner in this field. It explores the relationship between theory and practice, and how both of these impact on youth justice practice. 

Modules at Level 2 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.

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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
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This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.
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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.
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04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

See below for information about part time tuition fee loans available for study towards a qualification.

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

The course will give you a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the way in which theory influences both policy and practice in the youth justice system. The course explores the social construction of youth and crime, and traces a number of responses to youth offending. Issues such as diversion, restorative justice and the politics of incarceration are explored in the context of the youth justice system in England and Wales. With reference to the Risk Factor Prevention Paradigm (RFPP) the course examines the nature of evidence, both qualitative and quantitative. Finally, the course examines some alternative approaches to youth justice using comparative analysis. By the end of the course you will be expected to have a broad understanding of the overarching knowledge necessary to practice as a reflective practitioner.

You will study five blocks, which are as follows:

  • Block 1 – Crime, youth and childhood – understanding theory and research
  • Block 2 – Explaining and responding to youth offending
  • Block 3 – Transitions: child development and the models of youth justice practice
  • Block 4 – Evaluating the evidence
  • Block 5 – Making sense of it all.

The course will use audio and visual material to enhance an investigation into a number of theoretical frameworks.

You will learn

Some of the learning outcomes for this course include:

  • A knowledge and understanding of the theoretical bases for youth justice work, including theories of: crime, crime prevention and the construction of ‘anti-social behaviour’.
  • A knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts that relate to childhood, identity  youth and ‘troubled’ youth, ‘risk’, children’s rights and responsibilities; child and adolescent development.
  • An understanding of the empirical and conceptual basis of the youth justice system in England and in Wales and the values on which they are based with reference to both geographic and historical comparators.
  • Knowledge of the function and operation of the youth justice system in England and Wales within the wider context of services for children and their families.
  • The interpretation of evaluation and research data including qualitative and quantitative data.
  • To be able to constructively reflect upon and plan for your own continuing personal and professional development.

Entry

If you are currently working in a Youth Offending Team and you would like to be sponsored for this course you should liaise with your manager about potential sponsorship.

Although this is an open access course, you would be better served if you have background knowledge, and preferably experience, in youth justice.

You are not required to have done any prior study, but please bear in mind that this is a Level 2 course.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Outside the UK

The course is for students working in England and Wales. 

Preparatory work

You will receive guidance of how to get started online in your first course mailing. This will provide you with information on using your computer for OU study and working with the Computing Guide. For example, it explains how to access and use your website and online discussion forums. If you have time before the course starts, you can work through this and explore all the online services available to you.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Descriptions of visual elements and written transcripts of any audio components will be available on DVD and the website. Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

Some of the material for this course is delivered in multimedia or online and you will need to make use of a personal computer and the internet. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or have concerns about accessing the types of study materials outlined you are advised to talk to our Student Registration & Enquiry Service about support which can be given to meet your needs.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Course guide, assessment guide, five study blocks, two source books, two DVDs and a website.

You will need

A DVD player.

Access to a digital camera (or mobile phone with a digital camera).

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. There are also five online tutorials and two day-schools which it is recommended that you attend.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

You must submit the end-of-module assessment (EMA) online.

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

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For more information read Distance learning explained.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code K209
Credits 60
OU Level 2
SCQF level 9
FHEQ level 5
Course work includes:
5 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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