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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 07/06/2021 11:21:03

Title of Module: Scottish Criminal Justice

Code: CRIM07002 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:H  Myles

Summary of Module

This module is intended to give students a broad introductory knowledge of the main agencies which operate within the criminal justice process.

This module will identify and discuss the competing theories and models behind criminal justice before going on to describe and analyse the theoretical and functional operation of the police, prosecution, courts and judges as well as service agencies such as social work, probation and prisons.

Finally the module will consider the validity and reliability of criminal justice statistics.

Key Topics include:

  • Models of Criminal Justice

  • Crime statistics

  • The role of the Police in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

  • The role of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

  • Scotland's Criminal Courts and Procedure

  • Scotland's Prison System

  • Community sentences in Scotland
  • Models of Criminal Justice

  • Crime statistics

  • The role of the Police in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

  • The role of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

  • Scotland's Criminal Courts and Procedure

  • Scotland's Prison System

  • Community sentences in Scotland


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Face-To-Face
Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Blended
A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations


Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Recognise and outline the competing models and theories of criminal justice.

L2. Identify the various agencies, and describe the role which those agencies play in the Scottish criminal justice process

L3. Recognise and evaluate various crime statistics.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the subject/discipline in general.

Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between explanations based on evidence and/or research and other forms of explanation and of the importance of this difference.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use some of the basic and routine professional skills, techniques, practices in both routine and non-routine contexts.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas that are routine to criminal law;

Use a range of approaches to address defined and /or routine problems and issues within familiar contexts.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Convey complex ideas in well-structured and coherent form.

Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercising some initiative in applying theory to real-life famous criminal cases.

Work, under guidance, with others to acquire an understanding of current professional practice.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning will be achieved through a combination of online lectures, seminars and online exercises and discussion.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery20
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity16
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:


Donnelly D. (2013) The Scottish Police Officer: Routledge

Croall H. Mooney G. & Munro M. [eds.] (2013) Criminal Justice in Scotland: Willan

Shiels, R.S. (2015) Law Basics: Scottish Legal System 4th Edition. Edinburgh: W.Green & Son

Brown P. (2020) Scottish Criminal Courts Handbook. Edinburgh: W. Green

Chalmers J. Leverick. (2016) The Criminal Law of Scotland 4th Edition. Edinburgh: W. Green

The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice (online journal)

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link: http://www.uws.ac.uk/current-students/rights-and-regulations/regulatory-framework/

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSocial Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelUG Social Sciences - Politics & Criminal Justice
ModeratorJ Miller
External ExaminerD Parker
Accreditation Details
Version Number

3

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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Multiple choice test (40%)
Famous Scottish Criminal Case Essay (60%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check mark check mark400

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written) check mark 600
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

Footnotes
A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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Note(s):
  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link: http://www.uws.ac.uk/equality/
Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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