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BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies and Criminology course preparation

To help you feel prepared for BA (Hons) Childhood & Youth Studies and Criminology, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more:

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, there are a couple of books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest:

  • Furlong, A., (2013) Youth Studies: An Introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • France, A. (2016) Understanding Youth in the Global Economic Crisis, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • John Muncie (2021) Youth and Crime (5th Edition), London: Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Stephenson, M. Giller, H. and Brown, S. (2011) Effective Practice in Youth Justice, London: Routledge

Useful websites

You can see some of our cutting edge research that will be relative to your degree using the following links:

Things to do now

We don’t recommend too much preparation before arrival as you’ll have plenty to do when your course begins.

However, you might want to think about how you’ll prepare for study. This might involve clearing a space for study if you intend to study from your home or thinking about how you’ll manage your time in relation to caring, social and work obligations when you begin the programme.

Do some general reading on the themes of childhood and youth. A good introductory text would be ‘Youth Studies: An Introduction’ by Alan Furlong published by Routledge.

You could also:

Finally, we suggest that you read this article by John Woodrow Cox, Washington Post enterprise reporter who tells the stories of six children who’ve experienced gun violence around the United States. He spent hours with the children, reporting the impact on their lives through a number of interviews over several months.