Course Outline

CRM302 Youth Justice & Restorative Justice

Course Coordinator:Nadine McKillop ( School:School of Law and Society

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course outlines historical, theoretical and legislative frameworks that underpin contemporary youth justice practices. You will learn about causes, nature and patterns of youth offending and victimisation, tensions created by the justice-welfare nexus and the role of specialist agencies in creating pathways to desistence in youth offending.  You will be introduced to evidence-informed crime prevention initiatives and be taught specific knowledge, skills and approaches required to work effectively with, and support, young people in contact with the youth justice system.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Face-to-face tutorial 2hrs Week 2 10 times
Seminar – Course Seminar 1hr Week 1 2 times
Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online tutorial 2hrs Week 2 10 times
Seminar – Course Seminar 1hr Week 1 2 times

Course Topics

  • Nature, causes, and consequences of youth crime and victimisation
  • Trends and developments in youth justice policy and practice 
  • Legislative frameworks
  • Restorative Justice theory, principles and processes
  • Evidence-based policy and practice 
  • Culture and diversity  
  • Preventing youth crime
  • [All topics could contain mature content]

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Explain the historical origins, and theoretical, legislative and practice frameworks underpinning contemporary youth practices. Knowledgeable
2 Articulate the nature, causes and consequences of youth crime and victimisation and apply these to specific youth crime problems. Creative and critical thinker
3 Critically analyse current issues relevant to youth justice. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
4 Describe and evaluate evidence-informed practices for preventing and responding to youth crime and victimisation. Creative and critical thinker
5 Apply scholarly writing, research, and reference practices Knowledgeable

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Completion of 96 units


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative assessment activities will be undertaken in tutorials in the lead up to Assessment Task 1 including: discussion of assessment tasks, and practice examples with verbal feedback provided to students as well as self-quizzes for student bench marking.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Literature Review (or component) Individual 25%
1,000 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 30%
1,500 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Artefact - Professional Individual 45%
2,500 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Literature Review
Effective prevention and responses to youth crime requires a comprehensive understanding of its causes.The goal of this assessment is to foster a greater understanding of the causes of youth crime.
Product: Literature Review (or component)
This is an individual assignment. You will be required to undertake a review of current literature, and provide a synthesis on the causes of youth crime.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of knowledge
1 2
Critical thinking, analysis, and reasoning
Structure and scholarly writing
Presentation and academic referencing
All - Assessment Task 2:Policy Brief
The goal of this task is to critically analyse the role of restorative justice conferencing in addressing youth crime, and to present evidence and recommendations to a non-specialised audience.
Product: Written Piece
This is an individual assignment. Your policy brief should be evidence-informed and presented succinctly as a tool to persuade the target audience of your key messages and recommendations.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of knowledge
1 4
Critical thinking, analysis and reasoning
3 4
Structure and scholarly writing
Presentation and academic referencing
All - Assessment Task 3:Case assessment and intervention plan
The goal of this task is to apply your knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills to a case example.
Product: Artefact - Professional
This is an individual assignment. It requires you to engage with a case study of a young person involved with the criminal justice system, and conduct a brief assessment that informs an intervention plan. The case study will be provided during semester.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of knowledge
1 2 4
Critical analysis and reasoning
Presentation, structure and scholarly writing

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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