Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Understanding the Criminal Justice System

Module L3123

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module provides an introduction to the criminal justice system focusing on key debates around social control and the historic development of institutions. This involves assessing the development of key components of the justice system including prisons; the police; probation; the courts and community justice. The module will also critically examine contemporary debates including race and crime; gender; power and punishment; issues of overpolicing and criminalisation; youth justice and crime prevention. The module also aims to situate the British justice system within an international context, to allow for a comparative understanding.

Module learning outcomes

Describe the key aspects of the criminal justice system and show knowledge of their historical development.

Know and understand the functions of the criminal justice system.

Evaluate contemporary debates and concerns surrounding the criminal justice system.

Compare the British criminal justice systems with international alternatives and evaluate their differences.

TypeTimingWeighting
Unseen ExaminationSemester 2 Assessment40.00%
Coursework60.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 9 100.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111110
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Susann Wiedlitzka

Assess convenor, Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/379633

Mrs Linda Cooper

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/118572

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