This module introduces students to the basic research and essay writing skills required when studying Criminology in Higher Education. A mixture of lecturer-led and independent learning methods will address topics such as efficient use of library and information & careers services, active reading and note-taking, accurate referencing, understanding and benefiting from assessment, effective group working and presentation skills, developing skills in critical evaluation and higher-order learning, and maximising the learning benefits of reflection and self-evaluation.
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.
The module explores the relationship between substance use and crime. Throughout the module, the ways in which the criminal justice system responds to the problems presented by drug and alcohol-related offending is assessed. In addition, students are given the opportunity to offer alternative approaches to dealing with substance use offenders.
The course offers students the opportunity to examine and explore the multiple issues that shape our understanding of sex and the laws and policies that govern sex work. Theoretical debates are entered into and sex work is considered on a European and global basis.