Pathways to Youth Crime: A Social-developmental Perspective

Code: SOCS8010

Course description

Youth present a challenge in the criminal justice system – needing to correct anti-social behaviour while accommodating the developmental realities without further alienating the youth. The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) tries to balance these factors and to provide youth with sanctions that are appropriate to developmental stages while still enabling appropriate sanctions for inappropriate behaviour. However, an understanding of the Act on its own is insufficient to effectively work with youthful offenders. Students will focus on understanding youthful offending patterns in the context of adolescent physical, mental, social and emotional development, including the impacts of trauma, attachment issues, and how the economic and social contexts in which youth are developing may contribute to resilience and offending patterns, such as gang involvement, and to strategies to assist youth to make change.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Fall 2019 registration opens July 8, 2019. Winter 2020 registration opens November 4, 2019.