Criminal Justice in Modern Britain:Development, Issues and Politics - SO536

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 5 30 (15) DR R Seoighe checkmark-circle


The module will be organised around the following themes:

• The history, development and structure of the institutions of the CJS
• Current issues facing the CJS
• Crime, crime control and social exclusion
• Crime prevention and community safety

Within the organisation of the module students will be encouraged to cooperate on issues based around the above themes and to participate verbally within the context of class discussions, group presentation and class debate.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

one-hour lecture and one-hour seminar per week

Method of assessment

Coursework 50% (A reflective court report of 1500 words and one course work essay of 3000 words, which are weighted at 20% and 30% respectively) plus a 3 hour exam 50%

Indicative reading

Case, S. et al. (2017) Criminology, Oxford:OUP
Hale, Chris, (2009) Criminology, 2nd ed, Oxford University Press
Davies, Malcolm 1946, (2005) Criminal justice : an introduction to the criminal justice system in England and Wales, 3rd ed, Longman
Maguire, Mike, (2007) The Oxford handbook of criminology, 4th ed, Oxford University Press
Cavadino, Michael 1953, (2007) The penal system: an introduction, 4th ed, SAGE Publications

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Show understanding of the structure and history of the main institutions of the CJS
Consider the relationships between the formal and informal structures for preventing and reducing crime
Be able to identify, retrieve and interpret information (including quantitative data) on patterns of crime and punishment and to relate these to specific debates and issues
Be able to follow and critically assess debates and controversies surrounding the CJS and how these relate to broader social policy strategies in particular in promoting social exclusion or inclusion
Be able to Assess CJS policies in terms of their impact upon issues concerning race, gender and class
Be aware Indicate awareness of the historical, cultural and political conditions which have moulded the institutions of the CJS
Examine current debates around crime and crime prevention and relate these to the relevant theoretical perspectives


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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