SC382-6-AU-CO:
Crime, Policy and Social Justice

The details
2019/20
Sociology
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
16 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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

Module description

Criminal justice systems have particular functions in that they process crime and manage offenders, victims and law enforcement agents. But what wider roles do or should they play in securing social justice more generally? What could a public criminology look like? Many argue the west has moved to a post-welfare society characterised by a reduced role for the state, the replacement of ideals by management goals and a more actuarial, partnership-based approach to many areas of public policy. How far is this the case and what might be the implications for concepts of crime, deviance, community and justice?
This module explores the changing relationships between criminal justice and other areas of public policy such as education, (mental) health, urban regeneration and measures to combat social exclusion. It also considers the wider international dimension through case studies of, for example, trafficking, child rights and gender justice. Jackie Turton and Pam Cox (who both have experience as external consultants) will teach the module and it will involve sessions with practitioners.

Aims:
To explore concepts of criminal justice in relation to broader theories of social justice
To consider criminal justice policies in relation to broader public policies
To examine how criminal justice policies are framed and implemented

Module aims

• To analyse the connections between the many factors contributing to the onset of, prevention of, and desistance from, crime.
• To consider criminal justice policies in relation to broader social policies.
• To examine how key criminal justice policies are framed and implemented in local and national contexts.
• 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 a range of empirically-grounded studies of crime, community, social policy and social justice. They will have a strong understanding of the connections between formal social controls (as exercised through the criminal justice system) and informal social controls (as exercised through families, communities and social policies).

Module information

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

Learning and teaching methods

2 hour weekly Seminar

Bibliography

  • (Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 5:57 AM EST) The Road from Crime - english subtitled on Vimeo.
  • Smith, Thomas. (no date) The rise and decline of criminal legal aid in England and Wales. (336)
  • PM BORIS JOHNSON on his pledge to come down hard on crime | Daily Mail Online, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7345031/PM-BORIS-JOHNSON-pledge-come-hard-crime.html
  • (2017) The Oxford handbook of criminology, ©2017: Oxford University Press.
  • Legal Action Group | Selling off our silver, https://www.lag.org.uk/article/206681/selling-off-our-silver
  • Davies, Malcolm; Croall, Hazel; Tyrer, Jane. (©2015) Davies, Croall and Tyrer on criminal justice, Harlow: Pearson.
  • "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 Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Reading Assignment 1 25/10/2019 10%
Coursework Essay 2,500 words 22/11/2019 60%
Coursework Reading Assignment 2 29/11/2019 10%
Coursework Reading Assignment 3 13/12/2019 10%
Practical Class participation 10%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator email: socugrad@essex.ac.uk, telephone: 01206 873052

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 47 hours, 45 (95.7%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Sociology

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