Short Title:Youth Justice
Full Title:Youth Justice
Module Code:YOJU H2001
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:Elizabeth Mathews
Module Description:• To explore the concepts of youth and adolescence • To identify theoretical perspectives on youth and adolescence • To examine specific issues of relevance to those working with youths and adolescents. • To examine the legal system as it relates to young people.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Outline the historical, legal and social evolution of youth and adolescence.
LO2 Analyse and critique theories and concepts of youth and adolescence.
LO3 Explain the relevance of education, family, relationships and sexuality, health and wellbeing, recreation and leisure, values and attitudes to youths and adolescents.
LO4 Give an account of the welfare and justice models of youth justice.
LO5 Explain the impact of international legislation on the Irish youth justice system.
LO6 Give an account of the youth justice system in Ireland.
LO7 Explain difficulties and barriers facing marginalised and excluded young people
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Theories of Youth and Adolescence
Definitions of youth and adolescence from historical, legal and social perspectives. Theories and concepts of youth and adolescence. Psychological and sociological perspectives on youth. Focal and ecological theories.
Issues relating to youth and adolescence
Issues of relevance to youths and adolescents, education, family, relationships and sexuality, health and wellbeing, recreation and leisure, values an attitudes.
Young people and the justice system
International influence: UNCRC, European Convention on Human Rights, International Rules and Guidelines in Youth Justice. Domestic legislation: Children Act 2001, Criminal Justice Act 2006. Facilities for young offenders in Ireland. Characteristics of young offenders. Theories of crime and deviance.
Marginalised Young People
Difficulties and barriers facing marginalised and excluded young people, youth culture, stereotyping of young people, Young people as a homogenous group?, Young Travellers, Young people with disabilities, Young asylum seekers, Young people in care, Young homeless people, Young people in rural and urban environments
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description   50.00 Sem 1 End
Continuous Assessment In class test. Two sections, one comprising of short questions on legislation and one with 2 longer essay style questions to be answered on topics covered. 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Lalor, K. de Róiste, Á & Devlin, M 2007, Young People in Contemporary Ireland, Gill and Macmillan Dublin
Recommended Book Resources
  • Daly F 2005, Lives in Foster Care: the educational and social support experiences of young people aged 13 to 14, Children’s Research Centre
  • Kelleher, P., Kelleher, C. and Corbett, M. 2000, Left Out on Their Own Young People Leaving Care in Ireland, Oak Tree Press (in association with Focus Ireland). Dublin
  • Hyde & Howlett 2005, Understanding Teenage Sexuality in Ireland, Crisis Pregnancy Agency Dublin
  • Mayock, P et al 2009, Supporting LGBT Lives, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) & BeLonGTo Dublin
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Awareness Initiative: National Crime Awareness InitiativeCopping On

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 3 Mandatory