Courses & Units

Juvenile Justice and Child Protection HGA337



This unit provides a critical introduction to the philosophies, principles and practices of juvenile justice and child protection. The interface between juvenile justice and child protection is well established, institutionally, historically and in terms of shared clients, and an informed and multi-agency approach to service provision is required across and within each domain.

The unit considers the place of children and young people within Australian society from the perspective of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, explores the institutional pathways pertaining to juvenile justice and child protection (including relevant risk assessment and intervention processes), the role of the Children's Court in juvenile justice and child protection, the nature of youth friendly services and the complex role of service providers, and the dynamics of policy and practice in an era of fiscal constraint and individualised responsibility.

The unit is designed to offer theoretically informed understanding of current approaches as well as substantive applied knowledge of system processes and client needs. It provides a platform for intellectual development and critical reflection, as well as applied skills relating to field report writing, use of case notes and navigating complex institutional systems.


Unit name Juvenile Justice and Child Protection
Unit code HGA337
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr Michael Guerzoni

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International International Domestic Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
099903 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HGA237 and HGA437


Teaching Pattern

On-campus – 3 hrs including lectures and workshops

Off-campus – fully online


On-campus: 1000 word short report (20%), 3500 word essay (40%), workshop participation (10%), 3 x short answer activities (30%)

Off-campus: 1000 word short report (20%), 3500 word essay (40%), weekly question-answer participation (10%), 3 x short answer activities (30%)

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