Prisons, Probation and Offender Rehabilitation - SOCI6190

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Thomas Akoensi checkmark-circle


This module will cover key criminal justice agencies, contestability, and privatisation; the contested purposes of prisons; offending behaviour programmes in prison and probation; 'alternative' models of offender rehabilitation such as democratic and hierarchical therapeutic penal regimes and the ‘good lives’ model; practice skills in working with offenders; parole, risk, and resettlement; and desistance from crime.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


BA (Hons) Criminal Justice & Criminology and BSc (Hons) Social Sciences

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Coursework - Essay (2,500 Words) - 50%
Examination (2 hours) - 50%

Reassessment methods

100% coursework

Indicative reading

Cavadino, M. and Dignan, J. (2007) The Penal System: An Introduction, 4th edition. London: Sage.
Gelsthorpe, L. and Morgan, R. (eds.) (2007) Handbook of Probation. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.
Jewkes, Y. (ed.) (2016) Handbook on Prisons, 2nd editionCullompton: Willan Publishing.
Liebling, A. with Arnold, H. (2004) Prisons and their Moral Performance: A Study of Values, Quality, and Prison Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McGuire, J. (ed.) (2002) Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment: Effective Programmes and Policies to Reduce Re-Offending. Chichester: John Wiley.
Robinson, G. and Crow, I. (2009) Offender Rehabilitation: Theory, Research and Practice. London: Sage.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical and contemporary role and work of key criminal justice agencies.
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the concepts and processes associated with offender rehabilitation and desistance.
8.3 Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key research related to offender rehabilitation and how they translate into policy and
practice nationally and globally.
8.4 Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the professional challenges faced by, and the professional skills required by, those working in
offender management.
8.5 Evaluate and critically assess theories associated with offender rehabilitation and desistance and demonstrate understanding of different
disciplinary approaches to the subject of offender rehabilitation.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate ability to articulate comprehension, critical analysis, and interpretation in writing.
9.2 Demonstrate problem-solving, critical thinking, and research skills, including the ability to evaluate evidence.
9.3 Demonstrate ability to identify and gather appropriate library and web-based resources, to analyse them, and to use them to construct a
coherent and logical argument.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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