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Critical Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System - SOC00015M

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Ruth Penfold-Mounce
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module aims to critically engage students with key components and themes within the criminal justice system. This will include examining crime prevention, policing and the court system and punishment within the UK through the lens of social differentiation such as, but not exclusively, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and class.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Analyse the role of crime prevention as a contributing factor to crime control and the criminal justice system;
  • Understand the central role social differentiation plays within the criminal justice system;
  • Engage with the challenges facing contemporary policing and the application of punishment via custodial and non-custodial sentencing;
  • Critically apply contemporary events to the criminal justice system and process.


Task Length % of module mark
Assessment 1 - 5000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Assessment 1 - 5000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on all work is provided in a variety of ways and you must make the most of all opportunities do discuss your assessment and study progress:

1. After each open assessment you will receive feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your work. This will be available within 4 weeks of the submission deadline

2. You will meet with your supervisor twice a term and you should discuss any concerns that you have and also present your assessment feedback for further comment

3. You will be asked to comment on the teaching of the modules and results will be discussed at Teaching Committee

4. You will have five supervision meetings with your dissertation supervisor through the summer months to enable you to discuss the different aspects of your work.

Indicative reading

These will be available on the module sites through the Yorkshare VLE. Most reading materials will be journals or book chapters which will be in pdf format. These can be downloaded and annotated on your work pc if you dont want the expense of printing.

Recommended books will be available in the library for reference only.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.