Employability and Personal Development
This module introduces students to the skills, qualities and attributes needed in applying for jobs, including how to recognise and make the most of their experiences, reflecting on their learning, knowledge and how to market themselves effectively in all aspects of the application process. It also provides specific information about a number of organisations both inside and external to the criminal justice system which might offer suitable careers. The content will be delivered by Swansea Employability Academy, Criminology staff and representatives from external organisations. The assessment for the module is also linked to the Swansea Employability Academy Bronze award.
Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights
This module will introduce students to basic legal concepts such as the Rule of Law and due process and provide an understanding of the powers of the state, the UK legal framework and the law making process in England and Wales. In particular, the module will consider the UK constitution, the supremacy of Parliament, the impact of the European legal framework on the UK, the components and operation of the criminal justice, and civil liberties and human rights.
The module also aims to help students understand the components, functions and key actors in the criminal justice system in England and Wales and will explore the relationship between the state and the citizen and the nature of human rights and civil liberties.
An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
The module focuses on the following:
¿ The historical development of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England & Wales from the 18th century to the present day
¿ The agencies & services that make up the CJS
¿ How criminal justice policy is formulated ¿ government, criminal justice agencies & pressure groups
¿ Links between the study of criminology, law & social policy
¿ Definitions & patterns of crime & how it is recorded & reported
¿ Official statistics, their uses & shortcomings & other sources
¿ The concept of `victim¿ definitions and typologies and the CJS approach to victims.
Criminological Theory: Content and Application
This module provides students with an understanding of criminology as a theoretical and applied discipline. Therefore, the module analyses criminological theories of crime and deviance, and explores the application of the theories in real life cases.
The module analyses competing orthodox, critical and realist theories and perspectives. It is delivered through interactive sessions that give students the opportunity to evaluate the extent to which each of the theories applies in real life cases. Students are guided through the processes of applying each theory to topical and sometimes contentious crimes, acts of deviance, and punishments. By applying the theories to real life cases, students have the opportunity to evaluate the competing theories, their limitations, their contributions as explanations of crime and deviance, and their impact on crime control policies.
This module is compulsory for Criminology and Criminal Justice students and available to joint Social Policy students. It will be delivered via a series of 10 lectures over a 5 week period in TB2.
The module builds on the knowledge and skills gained form the ASC208: Research Methods module and introduces students to the research and essay writing skills required to produce a dissertation in Higher Education. A mixture of lecturer-led and independent learning methods will be used to prepare students for the task of completing their dissertation. Emphasis will be placed on individual and group work; and the development of skills in critical evaluation and higher-order learning.
This module focuses on policing in the United Kingdom. The module considers the origins, development and functions of policing and examines issues such as police use of force, the role of the police in miscarriages of justice, police responses to terrorism, the pluralisation of policing, the policing of vulnerable and diverse groups, the relationship between the media and the police and the implications of `police culture¿ on service delivery. The module also questions the accountability and legitimacy of the police and examines the models used in the delivery of modern day policing. The module enables students to understand policing from a critical perspective.
Leadership and Management in Social Justice
This module provides an understanding of the role of leaders and managers in the arena of social justice. It develops a critical insight into a complex multi-disciplinary landscape and provides students with the opportunity to develop transferable skills for professional practice. The principal focus is on professional development, however skills for effective leadership and management are explored in the context of organisational cultures and processes.
Young People and Youth Justice
This module will provide students with a critical and thorough knowledge of youth justice and critical issues that are facing the youth justice system and those who come into contact with it.
Through the module, the ways that law, policy and practice have evolved to enable forms of 'youth justice' will be explored, with a focus upon providing not just theoretical perspectives, but understandings of the way that 'youth justice' operates in an applied context.
This module offers a critical study of policing within liberal democratic societies from historical, legal, political and social perspectives. Focusing primarily on policing in the United Kingdom, the module considers the origins, development and functions of policing and examines issues such as police use of force, the role of the police in miscarriages of justice, police responses to terrorism, the pluralisation of policing, the policing of vulnerable and diverse groups, the relationship between the media and the police and the implications of `police culture¿ on service delivery. The module also questions the accountability and legitimacy of the police and examines the models used in the delivery of modern day policing.
Case Studies in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology
The module examines key issues in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology by examining a series of case studies, presented by the people who actually did the research. The focus is on how and why the researchers chose the particular methodologies and strategies used; how these choices were influenced by ethical concerns and the interests of research subjects; what constraints and pressures were created by resource limitations or the expectations and agendas of research funders (for example, the Home Office); and, where relevant, the impact of the research on researchers themselves, and the impact on the research role of researchers¿ own values and concerns or their advocacy of particular policies.