Children and young people have been socially constructed as both victims and villains. Using the criminological and sociological research, this module will introduce and critique some of the key social issues and concerns about young people. Topics will include children's rights, child protection, cybercrime, drug use and misuse as well as youth deviance and crime.

The aims of this module are:
To explore the impact of various social constructions of children and young people using current substantive examples.
To examine the social problems for children as victims and children as offenders.
To consider the ways in which young people are constrained and provoked in terms of deviant behaviour.