|Owning Department/School:||Department of Social & Policy Sciences|
|Level:||Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
* To introduce students to contemporary contradictions and dilemmas in Criminal Justice Policy as indicated by recent research
* To examine both policy and research in their economic, ideological and political contexts;
* To analyse key theoretical debates on criminal justice policy and practice in the UK
* To provide students with an opportunity to practice preparing a research proposal on a criminal or penal justice issue.
By the end of the unit, students should be able to:
* Outline and analyse key theoretical debates on criminal justice policy and practice in the UK
* Account for trends in criminal policy and competing understandings of what constitutes justice
* Analyse contemporary debates on the politics of criminal justice
* Critically assess debates on sentencing
* Understand and critically think about the different roles of victims in crime in the criminal justice system.
* To think creatively and analytically.
* To communicate an argument.
* To evaluate others' arguments and research.
* To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying).
* To place local debates within an international and global context.
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e. library, web-based, archives etc.).
* To select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge.
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
* To utilise problem solving skills.
* To develop study and learning skills (note taking, avoiding plagiarism, using the library, gathering and using information, constructing a bibliography, referencing)
* To develop basic Information and Computing Technology skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information)
* To develop essay research, preparation and writing skills
* To construct a bibliography
* To develop time-management and administrative skills
* To develop communication and debating skills
* To reflect upon his/her own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* To solve problems in a variety of situations.
* To manage time effectively and respond to changing demands.
* To prioritise workloads, and utilise long- and short-term planning skills.
Criminal justice policy and practice in the UK; trends in criminal policy; the political and organisational contexts of criminal justice; courts, sentencing, policing; what should be done about: rape, prostitution, victims of crime; racism and criminal justice; youth and criminal justice.
SP20050 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences
SP20050 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Psychology