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Students who take this module will develop an advanced and critical understanding of the theoretical models of youth justice, their application across various international youth justice systems, and the influence of model and system intersection. This module will facilitate students with developing their comparative skills by requiring students to compare and contrast a number of youth justice jurisdictions with the aim of identifying convergence and divergence in terms of ideology, policy and practice.
Students will firstly explore the models of youth justice and develop a deep understanding of their various characteristics. Thereafter, students will spend a defined period of time examining youth justice systems across a number jurisdictions - e.g. Ireland, US, Germany, Netherlands – with the objective of identifying the model/s evident in each and the implications for policy and practice.