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BASS Philosophy and Criminology / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Criminology and Criminal Justice in Action
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Social Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
With a wide-range of guest speakers, this course explores the ‘inside story’ of various career options within the criminal justice system and related fields, and explores the contested role of criminological theory and research in this applied work. Who are the ‘experts’ seeking to influence the professions and with what success? Does criminological knowledge form a key, if implicit part of everyday life in the professions? What are the everyday pressures experienced by front-line and managerial staff? How are the services dealing with the impact of funding austerity and Covid-19? Delivered with support from some of the key criminal justice agencies, this course will allow you to understand the lived experience of staff, gain insights into criminology ‘in action’, and develop practical skills that will enhance your professional development.
Overall: (1) To encourage intellectual awareness of the contextualised work life of criminal justice-related professionals; (2) to understand the potential for criminology to impact on those professions; (3) to enhance student employability through the development of transferable skills; and (4) to create and maintain links with local criminal justice employers.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching in academic year 20/21 will reflect both University policy and local and national lockdown restrictions operating at the time of delivery. We will offer face-to-face teaching where possible and provide a like for like on-line experience for those unable to be on campus.
Our teaching models will be flexible and allow us to adapt to changing conditions, however, the common intention across units is to provide (1) media, activities and other learning material that should be engaged with before scheduled teaching; (2) a timetabled 2-hour online lecture/workshop slot used for a range of online Q&A and follow-up activities; (3) a timetabled weekly 1-hour seminar/activity slot that will be face-to-face if possible and ‘live’ online if not/preferred; (4) weekly opportunity for 1:1 support. In total, there will be the opportunity for up to 30 hours of contact time.
Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge & understanding of: the potential of criminological theory and research to impact upon criminal justice agencies; the breadth of careers in the Criminal Justice System and other related fields; the challenges and demands of working in these fields.
Intellectual skills: the ability to research, analyse and communicate, in an informed and critical way, the relationships between theory, policy and practice in criminal justice and related fields; evaluate scenarios and use knowledge to think through various problems and solutions
Practical skills: the ability to discuss, illustrate, debate and evaluate key points/perspectives and communicate these in a clear and effective way; to assess one’s own skills and areas of personal development; to identity and research potential future careers.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Transferable skills & qualities: the ability to work effectively as part of a team; research, organise and deliver information orally and in a written form; produce and develop practical materials to assist with employability; develop interview techniques and presentation skills; demonstrate digital literacy skills.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Formative: A short group presentation
Summative: A 3000-word assessed essay
Students will be able to receive feedback on developing coursework plans and support from teaching staff for the group assessment.
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|Jon Shute||Unit coordinator|
Indicative content (subject to availability of guest speakers)
- INTRODUCTION and CJS ‘REFRESHER’
- EXPERTS, EVIDENCE & ‘RESEARCH UTILIZATION’ FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE
- CRIMINOLOGY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
- ETHICS & CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE ‘QUESTION TIME’ PANEL (TBC; NB, guest speakers)
- VIEW FROM CJ PRACTICE: PRISONS (guest speakers)
- VIEW FROM CJ PRACTICE: POLICE (guest speakers)
- VIEW FROM CJ PRACTICE: YOUTH JUSTICE (guest speakers)
- VIEW FROM CJ PRACTICE: PROBATION (guest speakers)
- SUMMARY & GROUP PRESENTATIONS
This course is restricted to students in the School of Law, BA Econ, SoSS, BA Social Sciences (BASS) students. Other students may be accepted at the discretion of the Course Unit Director