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LAW3013 : Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Jenny Johnstone
  • Lecturer: Professor Richard Collier
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To introduce students to the criminal justice process, policy and theoretcial debates.

2. To develop and apply the conceptual, critical and analytical skills to the institutional and procedural issues associated with contemporary Criminal Justice.

3. To develop a critical understanding and evaluation of the areas of debates within criminal justice.

4. To assess the role of material from other jurisdictions as a source of understanding and criticism of the British experience.

5. To carry out independent research on a topic of contemporary relevance.

Criminal Justice is a course covering criminal justice and policy with particular reference to England and Wales, exploring the role of the police and prosecution system in prosecuting crime. It will analyse procedures for trial and sentencing of criminal behaviour, and foster critical understanding and evaluation of criminal justice processes locally, nationally and internationally. The course will seek to address some of the current issues and debates surrounding criminal justice.

Outline Of Syllabus

Models of Evaluating Criminal Justice

Contemporary Theoretical debates in criminology

Criminal Justice process



Court and Trial Process (Criminal Trial)

Sentencing (Custody/Community/Sport and diversionary strategies)

Contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice (to be confirmed year by year - including youth justice, restorative justice, victims of crime, European criminal justice and procedure; transnational and organised crime, gender crime, equality and criminal justice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork12:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1163:00163:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will be interactive. Workshops require preparation by students to present individually and as groups promoting team and independent research skills. Teaching methods promote critical analysis and awareness and provides opportunity for the above skills to be developed within group presentation, individual preparation of coursework and exam based work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M332000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Aural Examination1M1000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed coursework is the additional element and will complement the exam in providing students with the opportunity of demonstrating their research skills and understanding the relationship between criminal justice policy and criminological debates.

Reading Lists