SOC08008 2016 Crime and Justice Studies

General Details

Full Title
Crime and Justice Studies
Transcript Title
Crime and Justice
N/A %
Subject Area
SOC - Sociology
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mary Clarke
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_SoCaSOCI_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

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

Learning Outcomes

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

100% assessment

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 Assessments

Repeat 100% assessment

Indicative Syllabus

Crime and justice studies

Contemporary theories of crime and justice. Integration and alternatives to prison
Irish and international research on crime and justice

Building resilience and social capital in desistance and community integration

Violence in public spaces, civil unrest, social exclusion, social capital
Drug addiction, mental health, education rehabilitation
Experiences of youth and adult offenders in Irish prisons.Risk and resiliency models and intervention and prevention programmes
'Moral panics' and political responses to crime and community regeneration

Victims of Crime

Impact 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

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 project Continuous Assessment Assignment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Seminar 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended reading

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.

Supplementary reading

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

URL Resources

Various websites/links updated on a yearly basis.