Module title: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in the UK

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC08104
Module leader: Giuseppe Maglione
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

SSC07104 Introduction to Criminology.
Examples of equivalent learning: Level 7 Criminology Module

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Giuseppe Maglione
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-5 Each taught element of the unit uses a variety of teaching methods, including audio-visual resources, discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Each tutorial revolves around set readings. In order to prepare for tutorials, students will have to engage in extensive independent learning if they are to extend their engagement with the module.

Formative Assessment:
LO1-5 Formative assessment will take place through the embedded oral presentations of student reading and summary of complex material in tutorials. Oral feedback will be given by the tutor.

Summative Assessment:
LO 1-3 will be summatively assessed through an essay of the student's own choosing from a selection of questions.
LO 1-5 will be summatively assessed through an end of module examination. The exam will require students to explore the links between theory and practice

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 163
Face To Face External visits 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2 & 3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Theory, crime and justice; Forms of crime and the response, this can include topical examples such as terrorism, sex crime, drugs and organised crime; The politics of law and order; The role of the Police; The role of the courts; Welfare or Justice?; The purpose of punishment; Informal crime control. The creation and enforcement of law; Differences and similarities in the legal systems of England, Wales and Scotland. Restorative Justice: Theory and Practice; Community sanctions; Probation and life post-punishment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Develop insight into the development of criminal justice systems in the UK
LO2: Describe the role of agencies within criminal justice systems and identify relationships between the different parts of the process
LO3: Discuss a variety of different aims which these systems may have
LO4: Review the effectiveness of criminal justice systems
LO5: Explore contradictions, tensions and inequalities in the systems

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