SOC08008 2016 Crime and Justice Studies
This module aims to get an understanding of crime and justice in society. This will be achieved by focusing on the evidence base and reality of crime for offenders, victims, and extended families and communities who experience the consequences of crime and punishment. Key elements of the module will relate to the impact of inequality and social exclusion on society and an exploration of intervention and prevention programmes for young and adult offenders. Contemporary aspects of risk, resilience, social capital, desistance, and rehabilitation will be examined. This will include experiences of custody, institutionalisation, and adaptation for those with a learning disability, mental health issues, or drug addiction. Alternative custody and care strategies facilitating change through education and rehabilitation will also be considered.
This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:
Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability
Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice, and Team working
Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Critique contemporary theories of crime and justice.
Evaluate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and intervention strategies aimed at building resilience and social capital for young and adult offenders. (Domain 2.13, 2.14, 2.15)
Give an appraisal of the needs of victims of crime and how they can be meet in society.
Complete an appraisal of social inequality and exclusion in society and assess integration and re-integration approaches pre-, during and post-release from custody (Domain 1.8, 5.2)
Critically examine Irish and international research on crime and justice.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Lecture and seminar format
Module Assessment Strategies
This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU standards of proficiency as follows:
CA Domain (1.8, 2.13, 2.14, 2.15, 5.2)
Repeat 100% assessment
Crime and justice studies
Contemporary theories of crime and justice. Integration and alternatives to prison
Building resilience and social capital in desistance and community integration
Violence in public spaces, civil unrest, social exclusion, social capital
Victims of CrimeImpact of crime on victims of crime
Responses to victims of crime and reaching victim populations
European and Irish legislation supporting victims’ rights
Contemporary issues and research in victimology
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||project||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||100 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
Davis, C. R., Lurigio, A. J. & Herman, S. Eds. (2013) Victims of crime. Sage.
Healy, D (2010) The Dynamics of Desistance - Charting pathways through change: Willan Publishing.
Hourigan, N (2011) Understanding Limerick – Social exclusion and change: Cork University Press
O'Mahony, P. (ed) (2008) Criminal justice in Ireland. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration.
Christie, N. (2000) Crime control as industry: Towards gulags, western style. London: Routledge.
Foucault, M. (1977) Discipline and punish. London: Allen Lane.
Jewkes, Y. & Johnston, H. (2006) Prison readings: A critical introduction to prisons and imprisonment. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.
Kilkelly, U. (2006) Youth justice in Ireland - tough lives, rough justice. Irish Academic Press
Liebling, A. & Maruna, S. (eds) (2005) The effects of imprisonment. Cullompton, Devon: Willan
Maruna, S. & Immarigeon, R. (2004) After crime and punishment: Pathways to ex-offender reintegration. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.
O'Mahony, P. (2008) The Irish war on drugs; the seductive folly of prohibition, Manchester UP.
Pakes, F. 2 nd Ed, (2010) Comparative Criminal Justice; Willan Publishing.
Welch, M. (2005) Ironies of imprisonment. London: Sage.
Whittaker, T. K. (1985) Report of the Committee of inquiry into the Penal System. Government Publications
Various websites/links updated on a yearly basis.