Intro to Crmnlgy & Crim'l Just
Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Prof Martina Feilzer
Overall aims and purpose
The module Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice provides students with a thorough grounding in the theories and practical applications of crime and justice. This is the foundation for their continued study in Criminology and in Social Sciences in general. The module also provides a good overview of criminology and criminal justice for the non-specialist from outside the School of Social Sciences.
Part One of this module is intended to provide Level One students with a sound understanding of the ways in which in England and Wales, crime comes to the attention of the authorities, how crime is measured and investigated, how accused persons are brought to trial, and those who are convicted are sentenced and punished. This module takes an historical view of criminal law, the police, the criminal courts and the prision system, examining the significant social, economic, and philosophical changes that have helped to shape the modern criminal justice and penal systems. It examines the functions of the criminal justice agencies, explores some of the predominant ideas and theories about how the system operates and raises critical questions about the ways in which criminal justice is done and punishment is delivered.
In Part Two the aim is to provide students with a thorough familiarity of major ways of thinking about crime, with reference to some of the main theoretical perspectives within criminology. This module provides an introduction to a range of criminological thought. Theoretical perspectives have been developed in an attempt to explain why people commit crime, and the history of thought on this question will be examined. The module considers the shifting definitions of crime and to offenders. Empirical concerns are likely to include to role of the media in crime construction, the use and abuse of drugs, the experiences of victims of crime and attitudes towards white-collar and organised crime.
Provide an account of the origins of the criminal justice system and the principles and practices of punishment; explain the basic structure of the criminal justice system; demonstrate an awareness of the main criminal justice models; provide a basic account of economic, social and philosophical factors and demonstrate an awareness of their significance in relation to criminal justice and penal policy; present spoken and written material clearly, focusing on major points relevant to the question or argument; locate basic sources of information and produce appropriately formatted and referenced work. Show an understanding of some of the main criminological explanations of why crime is committed, and explain some of the main similarities and differences between these theories; demonstrate a basic understanding of the ways in which crime is defined within society; show an awareness of the impact of crime on some members of society; examine media reports of crime; present spoken and written material in a clear manner, focusing on some of the major relevant issues; locate basic sources of information and produce appropriately formatted and referenced work.
Provide a comprehensive account of the histories of crime, criminal law and the criminal justice and penal systems and to demonstrate some awareness of their underpinning rationales; describe the various agencies involved in the criminal justice process and explain with accuracy their primary roles and functions; explain and evaluate the main criminal justice models; explain and appreciate the ways in which historic factors in general and in particular have impacted upon criminal justice and punishment; speak and write in fluent prose, summarising material and arguments competently; search databases efficiently, contribute effectively within a group. Show a good understanding of some of the main criminological explanations of why crime is committed, and explain and evaluate some of the main similarities and differences between these theories; demonstrate a thorough understanding of the ways in which crime is defined within society; show a clear appreciation of the impact of crime on some members of society; examine media reports of crime and comment on the ways in which images of crime are constructed; present spoken and written material in a clear and competent manner, focusing on some of the major relevant issues; locate a wide range of sources of information and produce written work that is properly referenced and presented.
Provide a comprehensive account of the histories of crime, criminal law, criminal justice and penal processes, and demonstrate some awareness of their underpinning rationales, examine agencies involved in the criminal justice and penal processes; provide an evaluative account of theoretical concepts in relation to criminal justice and punishment and suggest examples of their application to contemporary issues; explain and appreciate the ways in which historic factors in general and in particular have impacted and continue to impact on the criminal justice process; to speak and write in fluent prose, summarising material and arguments competently; search databases efficiently; contribute effectively within a group. Provide a comprehensive account of some of the main criminological explanations of why crime is committed, and analysed some of the main similarities and differences between these theories; demonstrate a competent understanding of the ways in which crime is defined within society; show a clear appreciation of the impact of crime on society in general and groups such as victims in particular; examine media reports on crime and critically comment on the ways in which images of crime are constructed; make oral and written presentations of relatively complex material in a clear and competent manner, identifying and focusing on some of the major relevant issues; work independently to locate a wide range of sources of information, and produce properly referenced written work that is of a good standard.
Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of criminological thought.
Show an understanding of the ways in which crime has been defined and constructed in legal, social, political and historical contexts.
Examine the impact of crime on society, including victims of crime.
Identify key concepts relating to the criminal justice, legal and penal systems.
Thoroughly understand the nature, roles, and obligations of contemporary agencies of the criminal justice, legal and penal systems.
Understand and be able to apply key criminal justice models.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Interactive seminars with student contribution
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Be able to recognize how social data and sociological knowledge apply to questions of public policy.
- Use the theories and concepts of social policy and other social sciences to analyse policy problems and issues
- Undertake either on their own, or in collaboration with others, investigations of social questions, issues and problems, using statistical and other data derived from research publications.
- Analyse and discuss social policy and related issues distinguishing between normative and empirical questions
- The ability to identify criminological problems, formulate questions and investigate them
- Competence in using criminological theory and concepts to understand crime, victimisation, responses to crime and deviance; and representations of crime, victimisation, and responses to these, as presented in the traditional and new media and official reports
- The capacity to analyse, assess and communicate empirical information about crime, victimisation, responses to crime and deviance, and representations of crime
- the main forms of sentence and alternatives; the governance, roles and structure of the agencies involved; and offenders' experiences of adjudication and sentence
- representations of victimisation, crime and deviance, and of the main agents and institutions which respond to crime and deviance, as found in the mass media, new media, in official reports and in public opinion
- awareness of how political and cultural values - including the student's own have an impact on responses to and rival interpretations of safety and security, crime
- control, policing, criminal and youth justice, sentencing, and alternative responses
- to offending
- the development of criminology as a distinct area of study and inquiry, and its multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary nature
- alternative theoretical approaches within criminology, and contemporary debates about the content and scope of criminology
- how crime, deviance and victimisation are socially and legally constructed the different sources of information about crime and victimisation, both quantitative and qualitative, and how they are produced - including their location in particular legal, political, social and ideological frameworks - and how they can be interpreted
- trends in crime, harm and victimisation
- different forms of crime and their social organisation
- different theoretical and empirical approaches to the study, analysis and explanation of crime, deviance, harm and victimisation
- relationships of crime, deviance and offending, and victimisation to social divisions such as: age, gender, sexuality, social class, race, ethnicity and religious faith
- the development, role, organisation and governance of efforts to reduce and prevent crime, deviance and harm, and to ensure personal and public safety and security in different locations; the role of the state and non-governmental agencies
- the social and historical development of the main institutions involved in crime control in different locations
- the philosophy and politics of criminalisation, victimisation, criminal justice and modes of punishment
- the use of discretion in relation to justice processes, including issues of discrimination and diversity
Ashworth, A. (2010). Sentencing and Criminal Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available through library as e-book. Ashworth, A & Redmayne, M (2010). The Criminal Process. 4th ed. Oxford: OUP. 3rd edition (2005) available in hard copy in the library. Cavadino, M. & Dignan, J. (2007). The Penal System: An Introduction. 4th ed. London: Sage. Available in library as hard copy. Maguire, M., Morgan, R. & Reiner, R. (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Selected chapters. Various editions available in library as hard copy. Newburn, T. (Ed.). The Handbook of Policing. 2nd ed. Cullompton: Willan. Selected chapters. Available through library as e-book. Rowe, M. (2004). Policing, Race and Racism. Cullompton: Willan. Available in library as hard copy. Sanders, A., Young, R. & Burton, M. (2010). Criminal Justice. 4th ed. Oxford: OUP. Available in library as hard copy. Wahidin, A. & Carr, N. (2013). Understanding Criminal Justice. Abingdon: Routledge. Available in library as hard copy and e-book
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- LM3Y: BA Cymdeithaseg&CriminologyCrimJ year 1 (BA/CCCJ)
- LL3M: BA Cymdeithaseg & Health and Social Care year 1 (BA/CHSC)
- M931: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice with International Exp year 1 (BA/CJIE)
- M930: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice year 1 (BA/CRIM)
- MR95: BA Criminology&Criml Just/Italian year 1 (BA/CRIT)
- MC98: BA Criminology/Psychology year 1 (BA/CRP)
- MR94: BA Criminology/Spanish year 1 (BA/CRSP)
- M3Q9: BA English Literature and Criminology and Criminal Justice year 1 (BA/ENC)
- MR91: BA French/Criminology&Crim'l Just year 1 (BA/FRCR)
- MR92: BA Criminology&CrimJustice/German year 1 (BA/GCR)
- MVX1: BA History/Criminology year 1 (BA/HCR)
- LM52: BA Health & Social Care / Criminology & Criminal Justice year 1 (BA/HSCCCJ)
- LL53: BA Health & Social Care/Sociology year 1 (BA/HSCS)
- LL54: BA Hlth & Scl Care/Social Policy year 1 (BA/HSCSP)
- LM4X: BA Polisi Cymdeithasol & Criminology and Criminal Justice year 1 (BA/PCCCJ)
- LL5K: Polisi Cymdeithasol & Health and Social Care year 1 (BA/PCHSC)
- L300: BA Sociology year 1 (BA/S)
- LM40: BA Sociology & Criminology & Crim Just with International Ex year 1 (BA/SCJIE)
- LM39: BA Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice year 1 (BA/SCR)
- 8Y70: BA Sociology (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/SIE)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 1 (BA/SOCPOL)
- LL34: BA Sociology and Social Policy year 1 (BA/SOCSP)
- LM50: BA Social Policy and Criminology and Criminal Justice (IE) year 1 (BA/SPCIE)
- LM49: BA Social Policy/Criminology year 1 (BA/SPCR)
- M1M9: LLB Law with Criminology year 1 (LLB/LWCR)
- M932: MSocSci Criminology & Criminal Justice year 1 (MSOCSCI/CCJ)
- L302: MSocSci Sociology year 1 (MSOCSCI/S)
- L403: MSocSci Social Policy year 1 (MSOCSCI/SP)
Optional in courses:
- X316: BA Astudiaethau Plentyndod ac Ieuenctid a Chymdeithaseg year 1 (BA/APIC)
- X318: BA Astudiaeth Plentyndod ac Ieuenctid a Pholisi Cymdeithasol year 1 (BA/APIPC)
- LVJ1: BA Cymdeithaseg/Hanes year 1 (BA/HSW)
- LVK1: BA Polisi Cymdeithasol/Hanes year 1 (BA/SPWH)
- LQK5: BA Polisi Cymdeithasol a Chymraeg year 1 (BA/SPWW)
- LVL1: BA Pol Cymd/Han Cymru year 1 (BA/SPWWH)
- L3LK: BA Cymd gyda Phol Cymd year 1 (BA/SSPW)
- LQH5: BA Cymdeithaseg a Chymraeg year 1 (BA/SWW)
- LVH1: BA Cymdeithaseg/Hanes Cymru year 1 (BA/SWWH)
- M100: LLB Law year 1 (LLB/L)
- L3L5: MSocSci Cymdeithaseg gyda Pholisi Cymdeithasol year 1 (MSOCSCI/CYMD)