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Policy Analysis - Crime & Justice - SPY00085M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Miss Laura Bainbridge
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module will:

  • Introduce key concepts, techniques and theories employed in policy analysis
  • Explore the roles and inter-relationships of structures, institutions, actors and ideas in shaping criminal justice policy-making
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to the analysis of specific crime and justice related policies

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will:

Subject content

  • understand the role of economic, political, social and international factors in shaping policy
  • identify the complex issues surrounding the formation, implementation and evaluation of criminal justice policy
  • apply knowledge of the above to the analysis of crime and justice related policy


Academic and graduate skills

  • identify the complex issues surrounding the formation, implementation and evaluation of policies
  • appreciate the institutional and organizational contexts which shape the process by which policies are made


Other learning outcomes (if applicable)

  • Research and writing on abstract subject matters
  • Oral/written presentation skills and related techniques
  • Analysis of current socio-political affairs
  • Critical engagement with diverse information resources


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

Special assessment rules



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

Module feedback

Written feedback using a standard marking pro-forma is provided within 4 weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Policy Analysis

J. Hudson and Lowe, S (2009) Understanding the Policy Process: Analysing Welfare Policy & Practice

N. Yeates (2000) Globalisation and Social Policy. London: Sage.

D. Held and McGrew, A., Goldblatt, D. and Perraton, J. (1999) Global Transformations: Politics, Economic and Culture , Cambridge, Polity Press.

M. Barnett and Finnemore, M. (2004) Rules for the World: International Organisations in Global Politics; Cornell University Press.



M. Findlay, The Globalisation of Crime: Understanding Transitional Relationships in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1999).

J. Muncie, Crime: Local and Global (Cullompton: Willan 2010).

D. Nelken, Comparative Criminal Justice and Globalization (Farnham: Ashgate 2011).

P. Andreas and E. Nadelmann, Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).

J. Sheptycki (ed.), Transnational Organised Crime, 4 volumes (Los Angeles: Sage: 2014).

M. Natarajan, International Crime and Justice (New York: Cambridge University Press 2011).

P. Reichel, Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice (Los Angeles: Sage 2013).

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.