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Juvenile Delinquency: Prevention and Repression


Entry requirements

Second year students of the Honours College FSW program.


Why do some adolescents display criminal behavior? What personal and environmental factors contribute to a higher risk for juvenile delinquency? How can we predict high risk in children? What can we do to prevent criminal behavior, and what repression policies are effective?
In this course, scholars, lawyers and youth workers share their academic insights and personal experiences with juvenile delinquency. You will design a short intervention programme together with fellow students on the basis of the lectures and recent literature.

Course objectives

After successful completion of this course, you will:

  • Be aware of risk factors for developing criminal behaviour in adolescents

  • Be acquainted with juvenile delinquency prevention and repression programmes

  • Be informed about the daily reality of juvenile delinquents

  • Be able to design an intervention programme that is feasible, effective and innovative and aimed at prevention or repression of juvenile delinquency, or at rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents

Mode of instruction

In four interactive lectures, experts in the field of juvenile delinquency provide the necessary input for you to design an intervention programme. You and your peers present this intervention in the final session.

Assessment method

After the presentation, you hand in the intervention programme on Blackboard. The course coordinator assesses your intervention on a) feasibility, b) effectiveness and c) innovativeness.

Number of participants

Maximum: 50 participants




Date Time Location Room
Jan 9 19:00-21:30h The Hague Wijnhaven 348
Jan 23 19:00-21:30h The Hague Wijnhaven 348
Feb 6 19:00-21:30h The Hague Wijnhaven 348
Feb 20 19:00-21:30h The Hague Wijnhaven 348
Feb 27 19:00-21:30h The Hague Wijnhaven 348


Registration via personal study plan.

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact Nienke van der Heide