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Dip (PD) Youth Justice

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

Dip (PD) Youth Justice

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

SOC-PD-YJ

UCAS Code

JACS Code

L300 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Applicants must normally have a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent recognised qualification in a social science or related cognate discipline. In line with the University's RPL policy applicants who do not meet the academic requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants without a relevant degree but who have considerable professional experience in the area of youth work/ youth justice are also welcome to apply.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Criminology (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Mairead Seymour

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The PG Dip Youth Justice aims to explore the interface between social justice, criminal justice and children’s rights - The course has been designed with a view towards encouraging students to consider the interface between social justice, criminal justice and children’s rights. The connections between criminal justice policies and practices and social policies and practices will be critically explored.

Interdisciplinary teaching and learning - The course has been constructed to ensure students receive a grounding in the field of youth justice, but are also given some scope to choose from the range of optional modules across the various schools. All students will undertake two core introductory modules, which will be taught collaboratively by colleagues from across the four schools. This will enable students on all Improving Children’s Lives routes to understand the place of their named qualification within the broader field and enable them to consider a range of other perspectives.

Blended learning – In order to make the course accessible to those across the island of Ireland (and beyond), a blended learning approach has been adopted. This will include a mixture of face-to-face and online learning as well as short condensed modules (e.g. running over a weekend). We anticipate the blend may evolve over time in response to student evaluations and the choices they make between modules delivered in different ways.

Building Capacity - The PGDip in Youth Justice will equip graduates with a range of knowledge and skills of direct relevance to work in areas including youth justice, youth and community work, criminal justice, public policy and research. For participants already employed in these areas, the programme will build on existing skills and knowledge and enhance capacity.

In particular, the programme aims to:

Critically examine the construction and representation of ‘youth’ and youth offending (in legal, media, political and popular discourses);

Raise student awareness of contemporary youth issues and the complexity of the lives of children and young people in conflict with the law;

Highlight the links between criminal justice and social justice;

Provide students with an advanced understanding of theories relating to the study of youth and youth offending;

Encourage students to critically analyse policy responses to contemporary youth issues;

Provide students with an understanding of the social and historical development of responses to youth offending;

Enable students to critically appraise criminal justice responses to children and young people in conflict with the law;

Enable students to access and apply relevant international standards to youth justice policy and practice;

Inform students of the ethical and practical issues in carrying out research with children and young people.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate arguments, theories, research studies and methodologies.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Module assignments enable students to engage in detail with specific examples of literature and disciplines, and to discuss their own specialism in greater depth.

Reflect on the relationship between representations and theorisations of youth/ youth crime, and responses to young people.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Module assignments enable students to engage in detail with specific examples of literature and disciplines, and to discuss their own specialism in greater depth.

Consider how theory and research can inform policy and practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Module assignments enable students to engage in detail with specific examples of literature and disciplines, and to discuss their own specialism in greater depth.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate effectively with peers and engage in informed dialogue and debate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Designing a research proposal
Devising an application to the School Research Ethics Committee
Responding to a research tender
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Evaluate arguments and evidence in order to make informed judgments.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Designing a research proposal
Devising an application to the School Research Ethics Committee
Responding to a research tender
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Plan, manage and execute independent work.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Designing a research proposal
Devising an application to the School Research Ethics Committee
Responding to a research tender
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Deal with complex and emerging issues and make informed judgements.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Designing a research proposal
Devising an application to the School Research Ethics Committee
Responding to a research tender
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Use a range of resources electronic/ computer-based resources including: databases, blogs, discussion forums etc.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Designing a research proposal
Devising an application to the School Research Ethics Committee
Responding to a research tender
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theoretical approaches/ explanations of youth crime and criminalisation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of contemporary theories and debates in the study of ‘youth’.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Critically apply theory to contemporary ‘youth issues’ and representations of ‘youth’.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Critically appraise differential criminal justice responses to children in conflict with the law.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Critically analyse youth justice policy and practice with reference to European and international human rights standards and benchmarks.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments cover a range of tasks including:
Subject specific essays/ assignments
Writing blog pieces
Carrying out a rights-based audit
Reviewing academic articles/ texts

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate in-depth understanding of youth justice theory and practice and a critical awareness of current issues in the field.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is made using coursework, in particular through the preparation of written work including a rights-based audit, and blog contributions.

Raise critical questions about criminal justice responses to children and young people.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is made using coursework, in particular through the preparation of written work including a rights-based audit, and blog contributions.

Assess policy and practice from a critical and rights-based perspective.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students experience a variety of pedagogic approaches including seminars, workshops, lectures, intensive whole day workshops and online discussion and support. The programme also includes opportunities for students to work across disciplines for some modules and thus explore a range of perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is made using coursework, in particular through the preparation of written work including a rights-based audit, and blog contributions.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Approaches to Social Research

SOC9012

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Foundations of Children's Rights

EDU7219

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood Adversity

PSY7077

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Youth and Social Justice

SOC9044

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Youth Justice: Theory, Law and Practice

SOC9045

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Perspectives on Childhood and Youth

SOC9047

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood and Youth Research in Practice

SOC9048

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Qualitative Research with Children and Young People

SOC9049

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Economic Impact of Childhood Interventions

NUR7021

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

70%

20%

10%

Conflict and Change in Northern Ireland: New Sociological Research

SOC9062

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Children's Rights and Social Care

SOC9067

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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