Core Module Information
Module title: Public Health and Criminal Justice

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

Module code: SSC09121
Module leader: Kirstin Anderson
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Throughout this module, you will explore complex social issues that influence both health and criminal justice systems, including social and economic inequalities; adverse childhood experiences; vulnerability to violence, especially gender-based violence in domestic settings; mental health crises; alcohol and other drug use and related harms such as HIV infection; dementia, and commercial sex work and exploitation. You will consider the multidimensional character of such issues, comparing public health and criminal justice theory and practice perspectives.

Both criminal justice and health services use a range of interventions, legislation, policy, and strategic responses in response to these issues. You will explore and evaluate these, to develop a nuanced understanding of these approaches and their implications for practice, and health/justice involved populations. An overarching thematic focus on partnerships, embracing shared ground and acknowledging differing viewpoints will bring students together as a learning community.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically explore the tensions between theory and practice relating to intersecting health and criminal justice issues.
LO2: Understand and critically assess current legislation, policy and strategic responses in healthcare and criminal justice contexts.
LO3 Compare the disciplinary perspectives and approaches of public health and criminology.
LO4: Critically analyse the impact of health and criminal justice interventions on individuals, families and professionals.
LO5: Discuss how structural inequalities shape individual’s interactions with public health and criminal justice organisations and the Human Rights implications for those who come into contact with one or both systems

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kirstin Anderson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures will be delivered on campus, with an emphasis on the exploration of the evidence regarding the effectiveness and implications of public health and criminal justice policy and practice (LOs 1, 2, 3). Engagement with case study examples and input from guests will provide an appreciation of the subjective experience of people who come to the attention of criminal justice and public health services (LOs 4&5). Particular attention will be given to comparing the approaches and perspectives of public health and criminal justice/criminology at both disciplinary and practice levels.

Face-to-face tutorials and lectures will enahnce students' critical, reflective and evaluative skills through discussion, debate and group activities. Week by week, vignettes of members of a fictional community affected by issues from the module content will be presented. This will allow students to apply concepts and evaluate approaches from health and criminal justice for these characters, and will form the basis for the module assessment.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take place week by week in tutorial sessions, as the vignettes of members of a fictional community affected by issues from the module content unfold. Students will engage in debates, discussions, skills development sessions and group activities which will support preparation for the summative poster presentation. In week 9 there will be an opportunity for a mock presentation of work on the poster so far, where students will receive oral feedback.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment is the submission of a poster and an accompanying oral presentation of its contents (15 minutes) to the module leader. The poster will present an evaluative case study of one fictional community member from vignettes presented throughout the module. Students will apply relevant criminological and healthcare research and theory to the circumstances of a chosen character, and will identify and evaluate the implications of criminal justice and health policy, practice and interventions for the fictional individual (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5). The poster will be submitted in week 14 with presentations taking place in weeks 14 and 15.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Poster 100 LOs 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 15.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC09121 Public Health and Criminal Justice