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Juvenile Delinquency: Prevention and Repression


Admission requirements

This is an Honours Elective module meant for second and if places available third year students of the Honours College FSW programme, Science & Society track. You have to participate in at least one Honours Elective module in your second year.


The 'shared transferable skills’ predominantly covered in this course are shown in bold:

(Meta-)cognitive (Researching) Interpersonal (Collaborating) Intrapersonal (Reflecting)
Analysing Oral communication Independent learning
Generating solutions Written communication Resilience
Project-based working Presenting
Digital skills Societal awareness


Preventing and tackling juvenile delinquency requires tailor-made solutions and a multidisciplinary approach. When combating it, the government's emphasis is on prevention: we want to prevent delinquent behavior from turning into a criminal career at a young age. Adolescents are often unable to make an assessment of what their missteps do to others. Moreover, their mental and moral developments are still developing. And very often, in addition to psychological problems, social and/ or family backgrounds are of great influence.

During the course Juvenile Delinquency we go deeper into aspects related to delinquent behavior in young people and we build a realistic prevention or intervention program via group-based learning. We use recent scientific insights from multiple scientific disciplines (e.g. criminology, law, psychology, biology, sociology, educational sciences, and psychology).

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students have:

  • gained insight into recent scientific studies in the broad field of socialization, youth, and (prevention of) delinquent behavior;

  • gained insight into the translation of knowledge about youth and society and delinquent behavior into effective prevention and intervention programs; and

  • knowledge of the areas of tension that can arise between what is desirable from the perspective of science and society versus what is feasible and realistic, based on politics and policy.


Date Time Location
14-12-2022 17:00-19:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw | room 1A01
18-1-2023 17:00-19:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw | room 1B01
15-2-2023 17:00-19:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw | room 1B01
1-3-2023 17:00-19:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw | room 1B01
15-3-2023 17:00-19:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw | room 1B01
29-3-2023 17:00-19:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw | room 1B01



Mode of instruction

In interactive lectures, scientific and experiential experts in the field of juvenile delinquency share their insights, and by doing so, assist you in designing a program.

This course is worth 4 ECTS, which means the total course load equals 112 hours:

  • Seminars: 7 seminars of 2 hours (=14) (participation is mandatory)

  • Literature reading: 4 hours/ week (=28)

  • Practical work: 4 hours/ week (=28)

  • Assignments & final programme: 42 hours

Assessment methods

The assessment methods will look as follows:

  • 2 individual take-home assignments

  • 1 group presentation during the course

  • 1 final group assignment (final prevention- of intervention programme)

The assessment methods will be further explained in the first session of the class.


Registration via uSis with the catalogue number: 6402HCJUDY.

You can register for the Elective Honours Modules via uSis until five days before the start of the course.

Courses starting in semester 1: registration opens July 12/13th.


If you have any questions, please contact Honours College FSW or
Sangar Paykhar:
Janita Ravesloot: