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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5010M Criminal Justice Processes

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Anna Barker

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module involves a series of seminars which examine issues relating to the operation of the criminal justice process from the point at which victimisation occurs through the process by which suspects become offenders and on to the different methods by which offenders are punished. It will enable students to gain an understanding of the complex and dynamic nature of the criminal justice process and the relationships which exist between its components.


Learning outcomes
The objectives of the modules are:
- to examine the law and its practical operation in the pre-trial and trial process;
- to provide a theoretical framework with which to explore debates relating to the criminal justice process;
- to critically analyse the role of various agencies in the criminal justice process;
- to explore the various justifications for punishment and how these have informed penal policy;
- to critically analyses historical and current penal policy in the areas of sentencing, prisons and community sentences;
- to enable students to utilise the results of criminological research to illuminate aspects of criminal justice in action and to compare accounts with official objectives.

By the end of this module you should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice process, how it operates in practice and the theoretical perspectives which inform it.


Contextualising and Theorising the Criminal Justice Process
Investigating Crime
Prosecution and Defence
Courts and the trial process
Introducing Punishment
Offenders in the Community
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Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progression is monitored through their attendance and performance in seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2 x 4,000 word essays100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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