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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 24/03/2021 13:25:17

Title of Module: Applied Criminal Justice

Code: SSPG11009 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Maria   Sapouna

Summary of Module

This module addresses the key theories and contemporary practices utilised in the field of Criminal Justice.  The key aim of the module is to look at the link between theory and practice and how theoretical concepts and ideas are implemented in an applied manner, particularly in the area of supporting people to reduce their offending behaviour. This is achieved through considering key agencies and relevant actors in their field of criminal justice and examining some of their current practices and evaluating the effectiveness of these.  Examples will be used from a variety of countries and contexts.  Students are encouraged throughout this module to reflect on their own experience of the criminal justice sector and think about how the theories and principles they are engaging with are applied in their own field.  Students without previous practical experience will be encouraged to think critically about the application of their existing academic knowledge.  The module content includes:

  • Theories of Criminal Justice
  • Rehabilitation Theories
  • Partnership/Collaborative Working in the field of CJ
  • Examining Evidence-Based Practice
  • Policy Transfer & Innovation in Criminal Justice

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

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

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.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

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 a significant critical understanding of the theories, concepts and principles of the application of Criminal Justice policies and practices.

L2. Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex problems and issues in the field of Criminal Justice Practice.

L3. Engage in and demonstrate a significant capacity for independent study and self-directed learning.

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 11.

Extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of criminal justice practice, principles

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Students will apply criminal justice theories to critically explain and evaluate new developments in criminal justice policy and practice. This will enable students to develop and understand high-quality interventions and policies in the criminal justice field in the future.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

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

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Students will develop their ICT skills through the use of online research engines and tools such as Moodle. They will practise their written communication skills by delivering a piece of written course work and oral communication when interacting with peers during the workshops.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

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:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
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)
Independent Study140
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Asynchronous Class Activity36
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:

Burke, L., Collett, S. and McNeil, F. (2019)Reimagining Rehabilitation: Beyond the Individual. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Farrall, S., Hough, M., Maruna, S. and Sparks, R. (2011) Escape Routes: Contemporary Perspectives on Life After Punishment. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Brough, P, Brown, J and Biggs, a (2015) Improving Criminal Justice Workplaces: Translating theory and research into evidence-based practice, Abingdon Oxon: Routledge.

Hayes, S (2015) Criminal Justice Ethics: Cultivating the Moral Imagination, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Pawson, R (2013) The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto, London: Sage.

(**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 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
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:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSocial Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPG Social Sciences
ModeratorRoss Deuchar
External ExaminerMarkus Ketola
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Formative plan (500 words) 20%
Social Enterprise Business Plan (3500 words) 80%
(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
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck markcheck mark200

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck markcheck mark800
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

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

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  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 (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). 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:

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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