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

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Suggested reading

The following books will be useful throughout your first two years at university:

  • 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


Things to do now

We don’t recommend too much preparation before arrival – you’ll have enough to do when you arrive!

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.


Additional ways to prepare

Preparing to start

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