Crime, Policy and Social Justice

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The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
16 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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 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. Overall, the module offers an historical overview, a comparison of key theories of justice and an opportunity to examine how some current policies are being framed, funded and fought over. It will be co-taught by Jackie Turton and Pam Cox (both of whom have experience as consultants) and will also involve sessions with practitioners. Students will be encouraged to work in teams and individually to develop skills in practical project design and critical policy evaluation.

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

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

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Module information

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

Learning and teaching methods

2 hour weekley Seminar


  • (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,
  • (2017) The Oxford handbook of criminology, ©2017: Oxford University Press.
  • Legal Action Group | Selling off our silver,
  • Davies, Malcolm; Croall, Hazel; Tyrer, Jane. (©2015) Davies, Croall and Tyrer on criminal justice, Harlow: Pearson.
  • Probation - 12 Essential Questions | Fergus McNeill | Palgrave Macmillan,
  • "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.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alexandra Cox
Jane Harper, Student Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052 E-mail:



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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Of 78 hours, 74 (94.9%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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