Crime, Policy and Social Justice
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
07 October 2020
Requisites for this module
BA M900 Criminology,
BA M901 Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA M903 Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA M904 Criminology (Including Placement Year),
MSOCMX98 Criminology (Including Placement Year),
MSOCMX99 Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA L333 Criminology with Counselling Skills,
BA L334 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Year Abroad),
BA L335 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Placement Year)
Criminal justice systems have particular functions in that they process crime and manage people. But what wider roles do or should they play in securing social justice more generally?
This module focuses on the courts, prosecution and legal aid, diversion and alternatives to incarceration, probation, release and resettlement, and restorative and transformative justice as sites for examining the relationships between social justice and criminal justice. It explores key ethical questions that emerge in these domains, analyses the relationship between policy and practice, and raises questions about the implications of criminological theory and research for practice.
• To explore the structure and function of key criminal justice institutions.
• To consider criminal justice policies in relation to broader social policies.
• To explore the relationships between criminal justice, social policy and social justice.
At the end of the module, students will be able to apply key theoretical positions to the study of key criminal justice institutions and policies, and they will be able to analyse the relationship between policy and practice, with attention to the ethical and legal concerns that arise out of those policies and practices.
This course is available as a full year course or as an AUTUMN term half option.
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- McNeill, Fergus; Farrall, Stephen; Lightowler, Claire; Maruna, Shadd. (2012) The Road from Crime, Glasgow: Iriss.
- Johnson, Boris. (10 August, 2019) 'Left wingers will howl. But its time to make criminals afraid - not the public: PM Boris Johnson on his pledge to come down hard on crime and reverse the balance of fear', in Daily Mail Online.
- (2017) The Oxford handbook of criminology, ©2017: Oxford University Press.
- Smith, Thomas; Cape, Ed. (2019) 'The rise and decline of criminal legal aid in England and Wales', in Access to justice and legal aid: comparative perspectives on unmet legal need, Oxford: Hart Publishing., pp.63-86
- Legal Action Group | Selling off our silver, https://www.lag.org.uk/article/206681/selling-off-our-silver
- (2016) Probation: 12 essential questions, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Davies, Malcolm; Croall, Hazel; Tyrer, Jane. (©2015) Davies, Croall and Tyrer on criminal justice, Harlow: Pearson.
- Cheliotis, Leonidas K. (2006-07) 'How iron is the iron cage of new penology?', in Punishment & Society. vol. 8 (3) , pp.313-340
- "Cracking down" on crime | Russell Webster, http://www.russellwebster.com/cracking-down-on-crime/
- Craig, Gary; Burchardt, Tania; Gordon, David. (c2008) Social justice and public policy: seeking fairness in diverse societies, Bristol: Policy Press.
- Cook, Dee. (2006) Criminal and social justice, London: SAGE.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Purposeful Reading Assignment 1
||Webquest 1 Autumn term
||Webquest 2 Autumn term
||Purposeful Reading Assignment 2
||Webquest 3 Spring term
||Webquest 4 Spring term
||1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alexandra Cox, email: email@example.com.
Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Alexandra Cox
Jane Harper, Student Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052
Dr Jennifer Fleetwood
Goldsmiths, University of London
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Available via Moodle
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