Module title: Criminal Justice in Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC11110
Module leader: Christine Haddow
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science
Prerequisites

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

2018/9, 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: Christine Haddow
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
LO1-6: The module will be delivered using seminars which will aim to encourage student participation and critical thinking. There will be a strong focus on active learning. Students will learn to apply theoretical frameworks to criminal justice practice and will draw on contemporary practice to inform debates on effectiveness. Students will also be supported in pursuing a significant level of independent study to support their learning and inform their summative assessments. Supporting materials, including lecture slides and recommended reading, will be available to students via Moodle.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The module will develop students’ independent study and research skills and advance their critical analysis. Students will attain a theoretical understanding of criminal justice practice and develop skills in evaluating contemporary practice in working with participants of the criminal justice system. Collating information in accessible forms and using different means (written assignments and group discussions) will assist them to effectively communicate their arguments.



Research / teaching linkages
The module will be team taught by the Programme

Formative Assessment:
Assessment (formative or summative)
LO 1-5: Both summative assessments bring together the directed and independent scholarly activities of critical thinking and analysis.
LO 1-5: Students will have the opportunity to engage in formative assessments, either individually with members of the teaching team or within the supportive environment of the tutorial groups.
LO 1: In the first summative assessment, students will be required to produce a 1500-word essay which will assess their understanding of theoretical perspectives on criminal justice.
LO 1-6: In the second summative assessment, a report of 2500 words, students will be required to critically reflect on an element of contemporary criminal justice practice.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment (formative or summative)
LO 1-3: Formative feedback will be provided in seminar discussions and students will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on a plan of their report. The summative assessment brings together the directed and independent scholarly activities of critical thinking and analysis. Students will be required to produce a 2,000 word report, directed at a community safety partner audience. This report, on an aspect of community safety, will involve critically engaging with theory, practical implications, and the policy context.
LO 4-6: both summative and formative assessments on students’ learning process focus on cutting-edge scholarly knowledge on the most recent theoretical, historical, methodological issues in the field. The summative assessment will be 20-minute Oral Presentation supported by a 1000-word written submission (summary of the presentation). This will be focused on the analysis, plan of intervention and identification of ethical issues of a specific real-life social conflict to be chosen by students, drawing upon media sources and discussed with the module leader. Students will have to demonstrate critical awareness of the key theoretical, historical and methodological issues linked to the specific mediation plan. Formative assessments and feedback will be given collectively during the seminars throughout the course or individually.
LO 5: formative assessment on students’ acquisition of basic mediation techniques will be provided by recording student-led mediation sessions simulated in the classroom and following this with a critical reflection upon strengths and limitations of the mediation process. This formative assessment by means of collective and one-to-one feedback aims at evaluating and supporting basic operational abilities of conflict analysis, conflict and communication, mediation techniques, mediation ethics, applied during a simulation.



Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 60 1-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module provides students with a critical introduction to the study of criminal justice institutions, practices and participants. It will examine some of the main elements of responses to crime and victimisation, focusing on theories of punishment, imprisonment, community justice, offender ‘management’ and youth justice in the UK. It will also focus on current developments and emphases in criminal justice practice with topics such as desistance, the reintegration and resettlement of offenders, victim-centred justice, restorative justice, privatisation of criminal justice, treatment of offenders and evaluation of interventions (e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy). Critical analysis and evaluation of theory, policy and practice will be embedded throughout the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically appraise the theoretical foundations of criminal justice practice.
LO2: Debate the appropriate ways of responding to and supporting participants in the criminal justice system, drawing on national and international evidence.
LO3: Critically reflect on the role of power in the delivery of criminal justice.
LO4: Critically assess the effectiveness of criminal justice interventions.
LO5: Critically reflect on contemporary national and international developments in criminal justice policy and practice.
LO6: Recommend alternatives to existing criminal justice practice.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - CAVADINO, M., DIGNAN, J. AND MAIR, G. (2013) THE PENAL SYSTEM.: SAGE., 5th ed.
Core - CROALL, H., MOONEY, G. AND MUNRO, M. (2010) CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN SCOTLAND.: WILLAN., 1st ed.
Core - FAULKNER, D. AND BURNETT, R. (2011) WHERE NEXT FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE?: THE POLICY PRESS., 1st ed.
Core - HOBBS, S. AND HAMMERTON, C. (2014) THE MAKING OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY.: ROUTLEDGE., 1st ed.
Core - HUCKLESBY, A. AND WAHIDIN, A. (2013) CRIMINAL JUSTICE.: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS., 1st ed.
Core - HUCKLESBY, A. AND HAGLEY-DICKINSON, L. (2007) PRISONER RESETTLEMENT: POLICY AND PRACTICE.: WILLAN., 1st ed.
Core - MCNEILL, G., RAYNOR, P. AND TROTTER, C. (2012) OFFENDER SUPERVISION: NEW DIRECTIONS IN THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE.: ROUTLEDGE., 1st ed.
Core - CROALL, H., MOONEY, G. AND MUNRO, M. (2016) CRIME JUSTICE AND SOCIETY IN SCOTLAND.: ROUTLEDGE., 1st ed.
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