Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Restorative Justice and Desistance

Module L4107B

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Restorative justice purports to offer an alternative to the adversarial formal western criminal justice systems, more interested in dealing with the hurt caused by crime than reinforcing conflict by affecting emotional change in both victim and offender. This module introduces the concepts at the heart of restorative justice with reference to its indigenous and contemporary applications post-apartheid South Africa, indigenous communities in North America and Australasia, Northern Ireland.

Yet, we will also bring a critical lens to this phenomenon, interrogating the assumptions common to the processes and rationales behind restorative justice, querying its impact and potential impacts upon the mainstream criminal justice system. Attendant to this critical perspective we make links with the field of Desistance, of the study of how ex-offenders leave behind criminality, a field with a more pronounced influence upon criminal justice policy. Students will be required to question the very nature of the criminal justice systems.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of Restorative Justice and Desistance as an area of criminological study.

Apply theoretical arguements on Restorative Justice and Desistance to empirical examples, in order to critically analyse these examples, their rationale, and the effect, or not, on society.

Demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate and evaluate concepts drawn from Restorative Justice and Desistance in both presentations and essay formats, the former more suitable for public knowledge exchange.

Demonstrate an advanced ability to make use of appropriate criminological scholarship, policy/legislation and primary sources surrounding the appropriate applications of Restorative Justice and Desistance ways of thinking and working.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (10 minutes)30.00%
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%

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


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

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111110
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Mr David Davies

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