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CRIM1004 Criminal Justice Studies

Module Overview

In this module you will develop an understanding of the England and Wales criminal justice system, with a particular focus on its philosophies, institutional practices and processes and outcomes. You will gain an understanding of how the criminal justice system attempts to uphold the rule of law, deter criminal behaviour, promote law abiding behaviour and sanction those who violate laws through criminal penalties. Consideration will also be given to due process protections against abuse of policing and prosecution powers.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

In this module you will develop an understanding of the England and Wales criminal justice system, with a particular focus on its philosophies, institutional practices and processes and outcomes. You will gain an understanding of how the criminal justice system attempts to uphold the rule of law, deter criminal behaviour, promote law abiding behaviour and sanction those who violate laws through criminal penalties. Consideration will also be given to due process protections against abuse of policing and prosecution powers.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice process.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ifferent theoretical approaches explaining the logics and dynamics of criminal justice.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how the criminal justice system contributes to a sense of public security, individual well-being and state legitimacy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the main changes to criminal justice philosophy and practice currently taking place in England and Wales.
  • You will have further developed your analytic skills through critical engagement with different theoretical and empirical approaches.
  • You will be better able to evaluate the appropriateness of different models of justice.
  • You will have broadened your understanding of criminal justice as a tool for thinking about policy creation.
  • Have improved your ability to evaluate key concepts and arguments.

Syllabus

This module will introduce students to the key aspects of the criminal justice system and examines how it operates in relation to theory and context. Critical questions that will frame the module include: - What forces shape and drive the criminal justice system? - What are the values and philosophies that inform its operation? - How is it adapting to new circumstances ? - What are the key ethical issues and controversies facing the criminal justice system? - How is criminal justice related to broader conceptions of social justice?

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study121
Teaching29
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Joyce, P (2006). Criminal Justice: An Introduction: An Introduction to Crime and the Criminal JusticeSystem. 

Malcolm Davies, Hazel Croall & Jane Tyrer, (2010). Criminal Justice: An Introduction to the CriminalJustice System in England and Wales. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 40%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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