Module code: SOC2063

Module provider


Module Leader

ADAMS MN Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3,000 WORD ESSAY 80
Coursework ESSAY PLAN (500 WORDS) 20

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module examines the contemporary issues affecting equality and the criminal justice system in the UK. The module considers whether different sections of society are treated in an equal and fair fashion by the criminal justice system, with a focus upon issues surrounding social inequality, race and ethnicity, religion, youth, gender and criminal justice. The issues and tensions that confront the wide range of participants in criminal justice processes will be examined and the cultural and political contexts in which discrimination, marginalisation and victimisation occur, both within and outside of the criminal justice system, will be considered. The contributory factors behind a range of riots and disorders will also be critically assessed.

Module aims

Introduce debates and controversies in contemporary society surrounding issues such as marginalisation, social exclusion and discrimination

Examine contemporary problems for criminal justice, such as disorders, within the above context

Outline contemporary approaches in criminal justice and how they relate to inequalities in society 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Have an understanding of how crime and criminal justice processes impact on different social groups and victims KCPT
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the tensions that characterize criminal justice processes KCPT
3 Show awareness of contemporary developments in criminal justice KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Introduction to the Module/Outline of Key Concepts
Diversity and Justice I: Racist Harassment and Social Exclusion
Antiracism and Community Cohesion
Policing, Islamophobia and the Post-7/7 Climate
Social Exclusion and Disorders: the 1981, 2001 and 2011 Riots; hooliganism and the English Defence League
Diversity and Justice II: Sexuality and Gender
Youth Justice
The Prison, Mass Imprisonment and Social Welfare
Police Powers and Inequality


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to reflect the programme’s key learning and teaching aims by:

Developing students’ in-depth understanding of the role and functions of the criminal justice system;
Engendering knowledge of  key theoretical conceptualisations of the criminal justice process;
Developing understandings of the relationship between CJS policy and practice and how this impacts upon minority groups;
Developing key study skills that relate to employability.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (1 hour per week)
Seminars (1 hour per week)
Class exercises
Class discussions
Independent study

Each session focuses on one aspect of the criminal justice system. Sessions are split between lectures which aim to provide a broad introduction to a topic and seminars which aim to allow more in-depth discussion of key issues although interaction between lecturer and students is encouraged throughout. There will also be use of forms of media such as TV, film and radio.

Each session has one piece of primary reading which all students are expected to read. This reading provides the basis for class discussions. Additional reading is strongly encouraged too.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to assist students in learning about inequalities and the criminal justice system. It enables them to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of issues of marginalisation and social exclusion, and how these affect relations between communities affected by these issues and the criminal justice system.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

One essay plan (500 words) worth 20 per cent of module mark; deadline is around half-way through the module
One 3,000-word essay worth 80 per cent of the module mark; deadline is after the module’s completion

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive extensive written feedback on both their summative assignments, with the feedback from the essay plan being able to feed into the writing of the second. Students are encouraged to see the module leader about their work. In addition to this, students are set a number of formative exercises, including tests, which directly feed into to their assignments.

Reading list

Reading list for CRIME, POWER AND JUSTICE :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Criminology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.