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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 15/04/2021 13:06:27

Title of Module: Contemporary Studies in Criminal Justice

Code: CRIM09021 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Geraldine  O'Donnell

Summary of Module

The module is designed to allow students optionality and flexibility in what they study.  Rather than have multiple option modules, this module replaces that approach but still encourages student choice.  Students choose from a suite of topics relevant to Criminal Justice.  These topics are designed by staff and focus on their specialist research areas.  Therefore, this module also contributes to the research-led teaching agenda.  The topics run for a maximum of six weeks and students would select two options across the trimester. 

Topics might include

  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Court architecture and behaviour
  • Socioeconomic factors and crime
  • Gender violence.
  • Restorative justice
  • Contemporary issues in policing
  • Sociology of prisons
  • Street cultures
  • The management of dangerous offenders in the community

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. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the specialist topics pursued,

L2. Engage critically with theoretical and conceptual debates pertinent to their elected specialist topics,

L3. Synthesise convincingly the arguments and evidence advanced in topic-specific literature

L4. Explain the links between debates within relevant specialist topics and broader criminological contexts/paradigms.

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 9.


Students will develop an extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of specialist area in criminology, concepts and methodologies informed by research at the forefront of present knowledge.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.


Students will apply criminological theories to critically explain new developments in criminal justice policy and practice. This will enable students to understand policies and practice in the criminal justice field in the future.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.


Students will apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to complex issues at the forefront of the study of criminological theory.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.


Students will develop their ICT skills through the use of online research engines and tools such as Moodle. They will practice their oral communication skills by interacting with peers during the workshops.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.


Students will exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in carrying out learning activities.

Students will take responsibility for own work and contribute to the collective learning activities of the group.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:The student must meet mandatory pre-requisites prior to progressing to next level of study.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module will combine a variety of methods including face-to face learning, external speakers, on-line activities and work-shops. Staff can use the most effective means to teach their topic area.
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 Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity24
Independent Study140
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:


Garland, D. (2001) The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Hagan, F.E., (2011) Essentials of Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Pearson Higher Ed.

Hill, M. (2014) Policy Process: A Reader London:Routledge

Maguire, M., Morgan, R., and Reiner, R. (eds)(2007) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology OUP

Newburn, T.(ed) (2009) Key Readings in Criminology Willan Publishing

(**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:
Attendance Requirements
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) 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
ModeratorLiz Frondigoun
External ExaminerW Graham
Accreditation Details
Version Number

1.05

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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
There are two assessments for this module. Each carries a 50% weighting.

Students will submit one essay of around 1,500 words in week 7.
Students will submit one essay of around 1,500 words in week 15.
(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) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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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
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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