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ZUG2049 - Youth in Conflict with the Law

Undergraduate – Unit

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Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2020 (Day)

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of child justice in South Africa as well as the scope of the structures within the criminal justice system specifically catering for youth in conflict with the law.


  • Present a critical exposition of the international concept of child justice
  • Critically discuss child justice reforms in South Africa.
  • Apply knowledge of child justice concepts.
  • Explain how children can be both victims and perpetrators of crime.
  • Describe the different ideologies behind child justice.


Within semester/Formative assessment: 65%
Examination/Summative assessment: 35%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.