CRI-20034 - Probation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Desistance
Coordinator: Anne-Marie Day Tel: +44 1782 7 34166
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





CRI-10013 Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice
CRI - 10010 Understanding Crime

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Description for 2023/24

This module takes a critical look at different understandings of personal change in offenders, including the latest ideas about why people stop offending. There is a particular focus on industry practice in probation, community and the voluntary sector including the issues that professionals face today.
The module may be of interest to students who are considering a career in community supervision with the Probation Service or the community and voluntary sectors.
You can expect to hear different views about probation, resettlement, desistance and rehabilitation, both in theory and in practice. These will come from both your academic teachers, and those in the field. We have deliberately pulled together a team of teachers who have experience in policy and practice.

1. To provide a thorough comprehension of different understandings of rehabilitation, desistance and personal change.
2. To develop critical appreciation of how dominant theoretical approaches underpin professional industry practice in criminal justice.
3. To develop students┐ understanding of the relationship between rehabilitation, desistance and diversity.
4. To encourage a critical, reflexive student approach to questions around the purposes and challenges in the delivery of rehabilitation and desistance in the penal system, substance misuse services and related industry.
5. To encourage students to consider the development of probation and resettlement services and related interventions (including substance misuse) in their historical, cultural, political and conceptual contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Consider different understandings of the concepts of rehabilitation, desistance, recovery and personal change: 1
Locate and analyse the role and development of probation and resettlement services in context, including their governance and aims: 1
Evaluate theories and approaches to rehabilitation and desistance, and analyse their application to professional industry practice: 1
Outline the complexities of the relationship between rehabilitation and diversity: 1
Document and evaluate contemporary challenges in in the delivery of rehabilitation and desistance in the penal system and related industry: 1

Study hours

Lecture and workshop - 10 x 2 hours.
Weekly preparation for lecture and workshop - 10 x 4 hours
Assessment preparation - 30 hours
Independent study - 60 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 100%
Students will be asked to prepare a 2500 report on a contemporary challenge or issue
Report for the Ministry of Justice ┐ imagine a new Minister for Justice has been appointed -they ask you, as an academic, to submit a report on a contemporary challenge or issue. Write a persuasive report, addressing the issue highlighted in a report format. The answer must include reference to evidence from theory and research. All your argument points should contain evidence, and this evidence should be referenced using the Harvard referencing style. Students will have a chance to receive formative feedback through the submission of a plan around week 9 of learning. Individually tailored feedback will be given to assist students in the development of their final assessment report.