Crime & Justice in Mod Britain
Crime and Justice in Modern Britain 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
This module aims to build on the introduction to the criminal justice system in England and Wales provided in Year 1 through SXY1007. It will reinforce and advance students' understanding of various measures of crime, and how the main criminal justice agencies operate in particular circumstances and under the demands of increasing international concerns about certain types of crime. Thus, the role, responsibilities and levels of accountability of the main criminal justice agencies will be reviewed in the context of contemporary concerns about specific types of crimes and criminals, such as youth crime, terrorism and state crime, white collar, cyber and organised crime. The module will focus on advancing the discussion of the most dominant debates in criminal justice and penology. In doing so the module aims to advance students’ understanding of criminal justice statistics as well as the value of comparative analysis of criminal justice practices and procedures.
Indicative Course content:
Understanding crime and criminal justice by numbers – breaking the back of crime statistics
Controlling youth crime
Controlling ‘clean’ crime – cyber-crime, business crime and white collar crime
Controlling ‘terror’ – state crime, organised crime and terrorism
Underpinning these different topics will be an engagement with concepts of social harm and how criminal justice agencies are adapting to control the different types of crimes and criminals, nationally as well as internationally.
- Be able to analyse critically the ways in which the criminal justice system is biased against particular crimes and criminals.
- Demonstrate the ability to locate, interpret, and critically evaluate relevant statistics, literature, and evidence relating to the criminal justice and penal system.
- Develop an understanding of the value of a comparative analysis of the criminal justice and penal system by explaining the powers, obligations and structures of accountability of the principal criminal justice agencies.
- Explain the way in which criminal justice agencies respond to the changing landscape of crime, criminals, and political priorities in relation to those.
Policy Report Part One - Choose ONE scenario from the list. Write the first 1000 words
Policy Report Part 2 - Complete remainder of the report (1,000 words).