CRI-20016 - Crime and Justice in a Global Context
Coordinator: Leah Koumentaki Room: N/A
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2023/24

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to, and looks in detail at how criminology has tried to understand the effects on crime and criminal justice of globalisation and other processes of social change associated with the coming of late modernity. The focus will be on issues and problems related to terrorism, state crimes, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. This module is also an elective and is suitable for students in the social sciences, particularly sociology students.

Aims
This modules provides a comprehensive introduction to, and looks in detail at how, criminology has tried to understand the effects on crime and criminal justice of globalization and other processes of social change associated with the coming of late modernity.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/cri-20016/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain the impact of globalisation and other processes of social change on crime and criminal justice: 1,2
Recognise the relevance and limits of criminological knowledge in explaining the consequences of rapid social change: 1,2
Evaluate criminological theories and apply them to the analysis of contemporary social problems and institutions: 1,2
Critically assess the impact of colonialism on historical and contemporary criminal justice practices, and on the production and global dissemination of criminological knowledge: 1,2
Evaluate the capacity of criminological theory and research, including comparative analysis, to explain contemporary developments in crime and social control: 1,2
Critically reflect on the student┐s own positionality in relation to these processes: 1,2

Study hours

11 hours of lectures
10 hours of seminar contact
21 hours of directed preparation for lectures and seminars via engagement with online asynchronous activities and information specific to each
activity.
4 hours on completion of online task
104 hours of private study (including additional self directed preparatory reading and related preparation for lectures and seminars, preparation,
planning and additional study for online tasks assessment)

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Online Tasks weighted 20%
Online task
This online task will test the students┐ knowledge of contents covered in the first 9 weeks of the module, which include central theoretical perspectives on crime and justice from a global perspective and transnational forms of criminality. Students will complete an open book assessment administered via the KLE, which will feature a range of problems, short answer questions and related activities that will require students to demonstrate breadth of engagement with the topics covered on the module as a whole. Students will be able to refer to lecture and seminar notes, readings and related resources for the module when formulating their responses. These tasks and activities are designed to ensure that student identify and reflect on the bodies of knowledge and theories they are being asked to engage with rather than simply 'looking up' and reproducing information. In order to give the students sufficient time to reflect and engage fully with the nature of the tasks and complete the assessment, the time available to complete this assessment is 28 hours but students will not be expected to invest more than 4 hours of active-working time on this assessment. During the agreed assessment period the open book assessment will be shared with students via the KLE at 0900am (Keele local time) on the first working day until 1300pm (Keele local time) on the second working day, by which point students must submit their attempt. Students will attempt a set of tasks assembled randomly for each student from a bank of activities/tasks/questions, so that students each attempt a unique assessment. The combination of this and the 28 hour time limit are partly intended to discourage collusion

2: Essay weighted 80%
Reflective response paper
Students will write a 1,500 words reflective paper, in the form of a response to a published research article. It will call for reflection on the links between the module materials and the student┐s own experiences and the meanings attached to them.