CRIME, POWER AND JUSTICE - 2017/8
Module code: SOC2063
ELSENBROICH CJ Dr (Sociology)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 5
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||3,000 WORD ESSAY||80%|
|Coursework||ESSAY PLAN (500 WORDS)||20%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
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.
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
|Have an understanding of how crime and criminal justice processes impact on different social groups and victims||KCPT|
|Demonstrate an understanding of the tensions that characterize criminal justice processes||KCPT|
|Show awareness of contemporary developments in criminal justice||KCP|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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
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)
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.
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 for CRIME, POWER AND JUSTICE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc2063
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.