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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: SOCM008 Module Title: CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOCM32
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: TARLING R Prof (Sociology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

2nd Semester


Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting towards Module Mark (%)






Module Overview

This module is an advanced level course on criminal justice and the regulation of social control.





Module Aims

The module focuses on key elements of the criminal justice system: policing and the police; courts and sentencing; prisons; probation and community penalties.  It seeks to inform students about: the practical operation of the criminal justice system; the policies which regulate the operation of criminal justice in the Anglo-American jurisdiction; and the conceptualisation of the processes at work in criminal justice.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the module students can expect to:


·             Be familiar with the principal institutions of the criminal justice system


·             Be acquainted with the effects of selected criminal justice policies


·             Understand the principal modes of analysing and conceptualising the CJS


Module Content

·             History and development of the criminal justice system


·             Policing, organisation, powers and accountability


·             Crime investigation and detection


·             Criminal procedure


·             Prosecution


·             Sentencing


·             Prisons


·             Probation and the management of offenders in the community


·             Youth justice


Methods of Teaching/Learning

20 hours comprising lectures and seminars


Selected Texts/Journals

Ashworth, A. and Redmayne, M. (2005) The Criminal Justice Process. 3rd Edition. Oxford University Press.


Maguire, M., Morgan, R. and Reiner, R. (Eds) (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. 4th Edition. Oxford University Press.


McConville, M. and Wilson, G. (Eds) (2002) The Oxford Handbook of the Criminal Justice Process. Oxford University Press.


Sanders, A. and Young, R. (2006) Criminal Justice. 3rd Editon. Oxford University Press.


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