Core Module Information
Module title: Penology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC09120
Module leader: Katrina Morrison
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module: SSC08104 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in the UK

Description of module content:

The influence of social, cultural, political and economic factors in shaping punishment in contemporary society is the source of much academic debate. This module will begin by exploring these issues as well as evaluating the moral and theoretical justifications for punishment such as retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation. This includes exploring the role of the wider policing family and other actors involved in policing and punishing offenders, for example private sector security agencies who enforce electronic tagging. The centrality of power in various forms of punishment and their distribution will be examined with reference to relevant theoretical frameworks. Lectures and tutorials will then focus on particular forms of punishment such as the policing of offenders, imprisonment, community penalties, immigration detention and deportation and restorative justice, with reference to their justifications, effectiveness and implications for offenders and the wider community. Throughout the consideration of these topics in this module links will be made between theory, research, policy and practice in both national and international contexts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically reflect on the aims of and justifications for punishment.
LO2: Assess theoretical concepts related to power in the context of punishment, policing and penal policy and practice.
LO3: Evaluate the relationship between social, cultural, political and economic harms and penal policy.
LO4: Critically reflect on the effectiveness and implications of a range of punishments.
LO5: Assess the concepts of rehabilitation and desistance in relation to forms of punishment and other policing agencies.
LO6: Critically assess key literature in the area of punishment and social harms, including the role of the police, making links between theory, research, policy and practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, 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: Katrina Morrison
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC09120 Penology