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CRIM2006 Criminology: Policy & Practice

Module Overview

Have you been wondering why probation is being privatised? Or why the police spend money engaging with the general public? Or what role victims play in the crimianl justice process? In this module you will consider how criminal justice policy is made and the actors and influences involved in its making. You will examine a range of contemporary criminal justice policy examples, exploring the context in which the policies were made, the extent to which they were informed by criminology, and you will think critically about the design, implementation and success of these policies.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how criminological theory and research has been used in the policy making process.
  • Use evidence to critically evaluate criminal justice policy.
  • Explain how criminological research, policy and practice are shaped by political and social contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the extent to which criminological evidence shapes policy and practice in the criminal justice system.
  • Enhance your communication skills.
  • Enhance your capacity to engage in critical analysis.
  • Enhance your skills regarding information gathering, investigation and evaluation.


This module aims to introduce students to the ways in which criminological theory and research can inform criminal justice policy and practice. The module will examine the political, economic and social contexts in which criminological research is shaped and carried out and criminal justice policy made and implemented. Using examples from the empirical literature, the module will examine some of the key issues in the design and implementation of criminal justice policy. The course will encourage students to think critically about this process and to use evidence to evaluate existing policy and practice in the criminal justice system.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be via lectures, seminars, computer workshops and independent study with presentations, discussions and exercises. Learning activities will include learning in lectures, by presenting and discussing issues and undertaking exercises during seminars, completing practical tasks and assignments, as well as by independent study

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

King, R. and Wincup, E. (2008). Doing Research on Crime and Justice. 

Maguire, M; Morgan, R and Reiner, R (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. 

Davies, M; Croall, and Tyrer, J (2010). Criminal Justice. 

Stout, B., Yates, J. and Williams, B. (2008). Applied Criminology. 

Barton, A. and Johns, N. (2013). The policy making process in the criminal justice system. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 40%
Report  (2500 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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