Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Mr Emmanuel Maravanyika


This unit entails a critical introduction to the study-field of child justice in South Africa with an exposition and analysis of the concepts legal relativism and child offenders as victims. Child justice is studied within particular socio-economic, cultural and political contexts scrutinise within a human rights framework, sentencing practices, state service delivery and statutory provisions rendering in practice the opposite than the envisaged constitutional protection. This course concludes with measures for purposes of redress, focusing on minimum standards for child justice and reform, child justice indicators and structural interdicts to ensure state delivery.


  1. Understand the study field of child justice
  2. Apply knowledge of child justice to particular contexts
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically assess child justice risks
  4. Critically appraise the impact of criminal justice victimisation on the rights of the child and that of a just society
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of child justice reform
  6. Use appropriate science and technology effectively and responsibly when dealing with child justice without harming society, the environment or individuals
  7. Work and communicate with others as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to deal effectively with child justice


Written essay (2000 words): 35%;
Two tutorial assessments (1000 words): 30% (15% each);
Written examinations (2 hours): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2 hour lecture and one hour tutorial session per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First year sequence in Criminology and Criminal Justice


AZA3467, ATS2467, ATS3467