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LX452K: CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND CRIME HONOURS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:56


Course Overview

The course examines topical legal issues, themes and debates relating to children, young people and crime, within a legal, social and political context. Topics will be chosen annually to reflect contemporary debates but might include: the age of criminal responsibility; children’s participation in the justice system as offenders or witnesses; sexual offences committed by and against children; sentencing; the impact of childhood offending later in life; and case-studies on youth justice issues in other legal systems.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Isla Callander

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

The course examines topical legal issues, themes and debates relating to children, young people and crime within a legal, social and political context. The focus of the course is domestic Scots law but comparisons with the law of other systems will be made where appropriate.

Topics will be chosen annually to reflect contemporary debates but might include: the age of criminal responsibility; children’s participation in the justice system as offenders or witnesses; sexual offences committed by and against children; sentencing; the impact of childhood offending later in life; and case-studies on youth justice issues in other legal systems.

Course aims

  1. To examine topical and contemporary legal issues, themes and debates relating to children, young people and crime within a legal, social and political context.
  2. To encourage critical thinking about relevant legal issues, with students gaining knowledge and understanding of how legal rules and the legal system relate and respond to children, young people, and crime.
  3. To allow students to explore relevant disciplines and sub-disciplines as they relate to children, young people and crime, such as criminal law, evidence, criminal justice, human rights, neurolaw and criminology
  4. To build students’ transferable and legal skills as well as their sense of responsible citizenship and other graduate attributes.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 39

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 67
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Exam grades released by relevant exam return deadline.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateKnow and be able to critically evaluate how legal rules and the legal system relate and respond to children, young people, and crime in relation to a range of topical legal issues, themes and debates.
ProceduralCreateDevelop and hone key legal and transferable skills, including communication, organisation, problem solving, critical analysis, and argumentation
ReflectionCreateLearn the important skill of retaining professional objectivity when dealing with sensitive and emotive questions

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 33
Assessment Weeks 15 Feedback Weeks 18

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Essay mark will carry forward to the re-sit.

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Word Count 3250
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateKnow and be able to critically evaluate how legal rules and the legal system relate and respond to children, young people, and crime in relation to a range of topical legal issues, themes and debates.
ProceduralCreateDevelop and hone key legal and transferable skills, including communication, organisation, problem solving, critical analysis, and argumentation
ReflectionCreateLearn the important skill of retaining professional objectivity when dealing with sensitive and emotive questions

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateDevelop and hone key legal and transferable skills, including communication, organisation, problem solving, critical analysis, and argumentation
ConceptualEvaluateKnow and be able to critically evaluate how legal rules and the legal system relate and respond to children, young people, and crime in relation to a range of topical legal issues, themes and debates.
ReflectionCreateLearn the important skill of retaining professional objectivity when dealing with sensitive and emotive questions

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