Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
CRI-10013 Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice
This module introduces students to the key analytical debates surrounding youth crime, and how the youth justice system responds to the problem. We will consider whether youth crime is a problem and whether responses to it are effective. We will also explore current issues and challenges such as knife crime, child criminal exploitation and county lines. The module will be taught as a 2 hour weekly blended lecture and workshop; with the formal delivery taking place in the lecture, and then we will have the opportunity to discuss and explore key concepts during the interactive workshop.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/cri-30056/lists
To develop a critical understanding of the definitions, explanations and responses related to youth crime and youth justice.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Understand the historical context surrounding how the 'problem' of youth crime emerged as a social issue, and how it plays out today: 1Critically appreciate the impact of ethnic, gendered, political and cultural inequality and difference in the experience of youth justice: 1Understand and critically evaluate the way that the youth justice system is structured and responds to children who break the law. This will include a focus on the police, youth offending teams, and the secure estate: 1Critically engage with the literature on youth justice and distinguish between competing theories and different analytical approaches: 1Understand and critically evaluate contemporary debates about the future of youth justice, and reforms that are needed to it: 1
Lecture and workshop - 10 x 2 hours.Weekly preparation for lecture and workshop - 10 x 4 hoursAssessment preparation - 30 hoursIndependent study - 60 hours Students will be expected to complete the recommended reading prior to each session, which is likely to take 2-3 hours per week. So prep for the sessions and the sessions themselves will take around 60 hours. The remaining 90 hours will be broken down by assessment preparation and completion. There may also be online blogs and documentaries that are posted during the course for the students to watch.
1: Report weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
A 3000 word policy briefing for the Ministry of Justice on a chosen area of debate within youth justice policy.Students will be asked to prepare a 3000 word policy briefing for the Ministry of Justice on a current issue within youth justice. Examples include: should the age of criminal responsibility be raised? Should criminal records for children be wiped at 18? Should imprisonment for all children be abolished and replaced with a care-based system?
Students will be given an opportunity to receive formative feedback on an assignment plan around week 10 of teaching. For this, they will receive written, individually tailored feedback to assist with assignment preparation.