9 ECTS credits
250 h study time

Offer 2 with catalog number 4011504DNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (D) Master - preliminary level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Enrollment Requirements
Volgtijdelijkheid: De student is ingeschreven in de Master Criminologische Wetenschappen en heeft reeds credits behaald voor de studiedelen "Jeugdrecht en jeugdcriminologie", "Criminologische Sociologie", "Methoden van criminologisch onderzoek II" en "Criminologie en Victimologie Werkcollege". Ofwel is de student ingeschreven of geslaagd voor het voorbereidingsprogramma en heeft reeds credits behaald voor de studiedelen "Jeugdrecht en jeugdcriminologie" en “Criminologische Sociologie". Ofwel is de student ingeschreven of geslaagd voor de bachelor Politieke wetenschappen minor criminologie en heeft reeds een credit behaald voor het studiedeel "Jeugdrecht en jeugdcriminologie". Ofwel is de student ingeschreven of geslaagd voor de bachelor Sociologie minor criminologie en heeft reeds een credit behaald voor het studiedeel "Jeugdrecht en jeugdcriminologie". Ofwel is de student ingeschreven of geslaagd voor de 2de Master Rechten afstudeerrichting criminologie en heeft reeds credits behaald voor de studiedelen "Jeugdrecht en jeugdcriminologie" en "Criminologische Sociologie".
Taught in
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Educational team
Els Dumortier (course titular)
Yana Jaspers
Yana Demeyere
Activities and contact hours
18 contact hours Lecture
36 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
95 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

This course focuses on contemporary youth crime and justice issues, related to youth crime phenomena, comprehensive frameworks and new theories, as well as on social reaction on youth crime. The themes that will be dicussed and analysed change on a yearly basis and can include the following topics:

  • Gender and youth crime and justice
  • Judicial pathways, impact and emerging adulthood.
  • Detention of youngsters
  • Discretion in youth justice decisional practices
  • Police and youngsters
  • Youth victimology (abuse, institutional violence)
  • International comparative perspective on youth justice systems and practices
  • Radicalisation 
  • Children's rights

These issues are approached on 4 levels (theoretical, methodolical, international-comparative and historical).

The course consists of compulsory lectures and practical seminars. An overview of the content of these lectures and seminars will be provided in the beginning of the semester. Students will have to make assignments linked to the lectures and seminars. 

Course material
Digital course material (Required) : Slides en opdrachten worden beschikbaar gesteld op canvas, Canvas
Digital course material (Required) : Een bibliografische lijst met verplichte literatuur betreffende de behandelde bijzondere vraagstukken, zie canvas, Canvas
Additional info

Language: Dutch and English or French

Arrangement for working students: This course unit is also offered to working students in evening classes. However, working students are expected to process the study material in a more independent way and to complete the accompanying assignments. Three evening sessions (interactive seminars) are organized for guidance.  

Study Material:

  • Mandatory texts are made available to students and/or it is clearly stated on Canvas which texts, books and/or documentaries, etc. students should look up and use independently.
  • On Canvas the various assignments are made available at the beginning of the academic year.

For Erasmus students a reading course is organized:

The topics are revised each academic year. In recent years, the following topics have been analyzed:

  • Gender and juvenile delinquency;
  • Juvenile imprisonment;
  • Youth victimology;
  • Criminological practices of youth.

Study material: reading course (to be discussed with the responsible teachers).

Learning Outcomes

General competencies

Knowledge and insight

  • Students acquire a qualitative and critical insight in the central concepts and perspectives in the domain of youth criminology. They understand and can explain and illustrate these concepts and perspectives by mobilizing practical examples  and or specific scientific or social issues.
  • Students can describe and explaincontemporary developments in youth criminological domain in a comprehensive way.


  • Students can deconstruct and analyse youth criminological issues. Based on this analysis they are able to develop and build a scientific reflection referring to the state of the art.
  • Students are capable of present an oral report of their analysis of a youth criminological topic.
  • Students are capable of going into debate on a youth criminological issue that they have analyzed, based on scientific insights and state of the art, and for which they developed a scientific reflection.


  • Students develop an awareness about the social and scientific complexity of youth criminological issues. As a consequence they acquire also an attitude of an open mindedness in developing a scientific  and social approach of these issues.
  • Students have a “inquiring” attitude towards youth criminological issues. This attitude supposes a social and criminological curiosity and scientific honesty.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Examen Schriftelijk with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The evaluation will take place by means of a "permanent evaluation" of which 12 points consists of individual assignments (oral and written) and 8 points group assignments. The point for group assignments will be individualised by means of "buddycheck" and/or "individual pass fail" assignments.

Students who miss one or more assignments cannot pass the evaluation. In case of a justified absence a replacement assignment (that can differ from the original one) will be given. 

Students who are unjustifiably absent from WPOs or hearing lectures and/or fail to turn in their assignments/paper on time will be referred to the 2nd session. They submit the replacement assignments on August 16 (unless that falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the next business day applies). There is a transfer of succeeded partial grades between the two sessions. There is no partial transfer, either for the WPO assignments or the individual paper, from one academic year to the next.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Criminology: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Teaching in Social Sciences: criminologische wetenschappen (90 ECTS, Etterbeek) (only offered in Dutch)