Module title: Criminal Justice in Practice (MBA)

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

Module code: SSC11402
Module leader: Jamie Buchan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

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

2019/0, Trimester 1, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jamie Buchan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will provide the opportunity for you to apply new knowledge within the context of your professional experience, reflecting on and learning from your prior experience and knowledge, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations in the criminal justice context. You will be taught how to analyse and propose solutions to criminal justice problems, and to develop your interpersonal skills, to be able to interact effectively with a range of other international students. There will be a strong focus on critical engagement with literature, both from academic and policy contexts. This module also develops in you an active approach to studying and the capacity for independent learning.

You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will engage you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) through discussion forums.

To support your learning, you will have access to module specific materials which will comprise the following: a module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points; ten subject specific units; narrated PowerPoint slides, covering key learning points for each unit; podcasts and/or videos which further explain key concepts (where appropriate); recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate); case studies and outline solutions; two online discussions moderated by the online tutor; self-assessment questions (with automated feedback); reflective exercises; end of unit progress tests; links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc. Examples of assessments and outline solutions and a database of Frequently Asked Questions.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided to you throughout the module via feedback on the self-assessment questions and case studies, both of which will have outline solutions developed by the module leader. This will enable you to self-assess your progress and understanding. Appropriate online feedback will be available automatically and immediately after the assessment is completed. Reflective exercises within each unit will provide you with the opportunity to apply the theory to your own practice / experience to support your personal and professional development – your reflections will be captured in an online reflective portfolio which you will be able to review and print.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be provided throughout the module in the form of one component, with two elements. Firstly, ten end of unit progress tests (which also offers formative feedback) (10%), and the final assessment which contributes the remaining module marks (90%).

The End of Unit progress test will consist of ten questions at the end of each of the ten units.
The final module assessment will be a 4,000 word assignment which will require students to critically reflect on an element of contemporary criminal justice practice.

Sample assessments will be available together with model answers and marking schemes to facilitate self-assessment of your knowledge and understanding, and identification of areas of weakness to aid your preparation for the assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Seminar 4
Online Guided independent study 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 191
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 1-2 14/15 HOURS= 5
Essay 90 1-6 14/15 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
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. 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. Critical analysis and evaluation of theory, policy and practice will be embedded throughout the module.

An indicative topic outline for the module is as follows:
1. Understanding Punishment
2. The Criminal Court
3. Imprisonment
4. Community Punishment
5. Women in the Criminal Justice System
6. Youth Justice
7. Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
8. Victim-Centred Justice
9. Rehabilitation and Resettlement of Offenders
10. What next for Criminal Justice

Learning Outcomes for module:

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:
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