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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5358M Criminal Justice Processes

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Anna Barker

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LAW5010 Criminal Justice Processes

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the operation of the criminal justice process, and the theoretical perspectives and approaches that inform it. The stages of the criminal process and the roles of key criminal justice agencies are analysed from the point at which a suspect is identified through the process by which suspects may be charged, prosecuted, tried and sentenced as well as the role of prison and probation services.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Understand how the criminal justice process in England and Wales operates in practice and theoretical perspectives that informs it;
2. Critically examine key aspects and stages of the criminal justice process and the role of criminal justice agencies in the process;
3. Explore key issues and trends in the criminal justice process and aspects of comparison with other jurisdictions.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Critically analyse key aspects, issues and stages of the criminal justice process in England and Wales, recognising wider social, political, cultural and economic developments that influence the criminal justice process.
2. Utilise criminal justice research evidence and contemporary scholarship to develop effective written arguments.
3. Concisely summarise and draw relevance from selected criminal justice academic and policy sources and present this in the form of an annotated bibliography.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. The ability to write annotations of academic and policy sources in a clear, concise, focused and structured manner, correctly referenced using either Leeds Harvard or Oscola referencing.
2. The ability to reflect critically on the current operation of the criminal justice process, using a range of supporting evidence to form opinions, arguments and ideas.
3. The ability to plan time, prioritise tasks and work efficiently and productively and to manage your time well in order to meet deadlines.
4. The ability to develop a visual or textual representation of the criminal justice process.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning121.0012.00
Directed Study51.005.00
Private study hours261.00
Total Contact hours39.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 27/03/2024


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