Crime, Policy and Social Justice

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
07 October 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA M900 Criminology,
BA M901 Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA M903 Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA M904 Criminology (Including Placement Year),
MSOCM999 Criminology,
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)

Module description

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.

Module aims

• 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.

Module learning outcomes

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.

Module information

This course is available as a full year course or as an AUTUMN term half option.

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.


  • 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,
  • (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,
  • 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 Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Purposeful Reading Assignment 1    5% 
Coursework   Blog 1    5% 
Coursework   Essay 1     35% 
Coursework   Webquest 1 Autumn term     2.5% 
Coursework   Webquest 2 Autumn term     2.5% 
Coursework   Purposeful Reading Assignment 2     10% 
Coursework   Webquest 3 Spring term     2.5% 
Coursework   Webquest 4 Spring term     2.5% 
Coursework   Essay 2     35% 
Exam  1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alexandra Cox, email:
Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou, email:
Dr Alexandra Cox
Jane Harper, Student Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052 E-mail:



External examiner

Dr Jennifer Fleetwood
Goldsmiths, University of London
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Available via Moodle
Of 2745 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
2745 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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