AP1839: Young Offenders

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology, and invited guest lecturers which appropriate.
Module Objective: To provide an understanding of criminogenic factors in childhood that may lead to antisocial behaviour in adolescence.
Module Content: This module will provide students with an overview of the multitude of factors in childhood that may lead someone to engage in antisocial behaviour and the social factors that may help prevent it. Topics will include:
Criminogenic factors in childhood;
Specific explanations of antisocial behaviour in childhood;
Drug and alcohol addiction;
Lifespan development and criminal careers;
Restorative justice practices;
Imprisoned adolescents;
Problems with self-regulation;
Depression among young people.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Outline the factors in childhood which may contribute to antisocial behaviour in adolescence.
  • Discuss the theories of antisocial behaviour in adolescence.
  • Illustrate how a drug or alcohol addiction can affect entire families and discuss the impact of such addictions on children.
  • Evaluate the current restorative justice practices for dealing with young people in Ireland.
  • Discuss pathways to adolescent offending.
  • Outline the implications for intervention that problems with self regulation among young people have.
  • Consider the risk factors for suicide among young people.
  • Identify the aetiology of depression in young and discuss intervention strategies.
  • Develop clear and concise summaries of academic journal articles.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word assignment (excluding references), 80 marks; Engagement in online activities as prescribed by the course tutor, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator.).

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