Youth Justice

Course Codes:
Carlow Campus: CW HRYTH A
Wexford Campus: CW HXYTH A

What is this programme about?
This module will begin with examination of the definitions and construct which underpin the area of youth justice. Through consideration of practical examples, learners will develop an understanding of the issues surrounding youth criminal activity, anti- social behaviour and persistent offending. Following this, critical consideration is given to the causes and contributory factors of youth crime, youth offending and anti-social behaviour. Discussion of these complex factors will consider family, community and wider society. The second part of the module examines the philosophical underpinnings of the youth justice system in Ireland. Critical consideration will be had of criminological perspectives of youth offending and how these act as a rationale for control measures taken by the Irish Criminal Justice system. Evidence of these approaches in the Irish youth Justice system will be examined in light of policies and legislation relevant to the area. Evaluation of these approaches will be through an international lens, considering the approaches taken in other jurisdictions. Following on from section 2, the 3rd part of the module will consider the practical application of legislation and policy in the youth justice system. The rationale and critique of diversion is explored particularly in relation to mechanisms to divert young people from the criminal justice system and from detention. The role and impact of youth detention is examined drawing on national and international experiences, before concluding the module with a focus on reintegration and examination of the notion of young people being 'in' but not always 'of' the community. This final section incorporates issues and responses for young people that are cautioned, sentenced or on remand.

On completion of this programme, students should be able to:
• Formulate an appreciation of the factors related to youth crime and persistence with offending;

• Explain the social construction of youth crime including issues such as how young people come to be defined, labelled and processed in the criminal justice system;

• Critically analyse the development and operation of the youth justice system in the Republic of Ireland;

• Compare and contrast youth justice policy and practice between the Republic of Ireland and other jurisdictions;

• Evaluate the impact of youth justice policies and practices on young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system;

• Apply the above through written and oral presentation.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.


13 WEEKS — PART-TIME (1 evening per week)

Number of credits

10 Credit Module - NFQ Level 9

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005

Faculty of Lifelong Learning
Wexford Campus
Summerhill Road
Tel: 053 9185809 (LLL Centre)
Tel: 053 9185800 (Reception)
Fax: 053 9185801

Course fee

IT Carlow Graduate - €675 Non Graduate - €900

Enrolment and start dates


1. Choose your programme/s from our prospectus or online programme listing.

It is very important that you review all of the following before applying:

• Entry requirements
• Supporting documentation requirements for your application
• Course modules and information
• Schedule and location
• Fees
• Relevant course code
• Closing dates for applications where applicable.

Should you have any queries, or need further information on a particular programme of study, please contact the Lifelong Learning Office.

2. Gather all supporting documentation required for your application (e.g. references, CV, personal statement etc.).

Scanned copies of your supporting documentation must be uploaded with your application. Documents must be in a clear format, of good quality and a readable size.

Poor quality/unreadable documents may seriously affect the assessment of your application.

3. Apply online at

The online application system is now open for new applications for the academic year 2018/2019. This is an online application system that allows applicants to apply for multiple programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow.

Course selection may be from any of our Degrees, Higher Certificate and Certificate programmes.

To ensure a place on your chosen course we advise applying as soon as possible. Certain programmes are restricted to a limited number of applicants and places on said courses are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Institute of Technology Carlow reserves the right to request that some applicants attend for interview to determine their suitability for individual programmes.

4. Applicants will be contacted by email if further information or proof of qualifications are required.

5. Getting started

Applicants who receive an offer of a place must pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place. The dates of offers will be posted on the IT Carlow website. Our academic year starts in September and academic timetables and other news and events will be posted on the website.

Start Date: September 2018.

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