BAEcon Economics / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
From Imprisonment to Rehabilitation
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Course Unit Content
The course unit is structured so that students can explore how offenders are managed whilst in prison, on release from prison and in the community. Students are encouraged to use theoretical frameworks that are used in the management of dangerous and serious offenders. It is taught using a participatory approach and students are assessed by means of case study. The course structure is set out below.
1. Theories of offender management
2. From rehabilitation to risk management – getting to grips with what works
3. Managing the transition from juvenile justice to the adult system – working with young adults
4. Approaches to domestic violence offenders
5. Managing Potentially Dangerous Offenders
6. The management of female offenders in prisons and in the community
7. Vulnerable offenders: mental health and criminal justice approaches
8. Transforming Rehabilitation – the privatisation and marketization of offender management
9. What went wrong? Systemic and individual failings in the criminal justice system
10. Researching offender management – issues from the inside and outside
Aims of the Course
- To introduce students to the concepts of risk assessment and the management of risky populations
- To provide students with an overview of the scope and delivery of offender management in prisons and the community in England and Wales.
- To provide students with an opportunity to examine the management, control and treatment of people processed through the criminal justice system
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different custodial and community sentences
- Demonstrate an understanding of the management of populations assessed as risky
- Locate current sentencing policy and practice within the political climate of evidence based practice
- Identify and understand the challenges of diversity in the treatment of people in prisons and being supervised in the community
- Critically evaluate current relevant legislative policy
Teaching and learning methods
20 hours of workshops; 10 hours of seminars plus individual feedback on the formative assessment.
The sessions will be delivered by a combination of the course leader and guest speakers from various criminal justice related institutions.
- A 3,500- word essay where students can choose one of the groups of people supervised in the criminal justice system that have been introduced during the unit. The essay should critically analyse the evidence for and pricesses by which these offenders are managed in prison and/or the community. This comprises 80% of the overall mark for this unit.
- An online multiple choice and short answer test which will consist of questions from material introduced throughout the unit. This comprises 20% of he overall mark for this unit.
The formative assessment for this unit will require students to submit essay plans for which they will recieve individual feedback. There will also be multiple choice and short answer questions in a similar format to those in the test for the students to access throughout the unit.
Mair, G (2004) What matters in probation, Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing
Santatzoglou, S. and Wasik, M. (eds) (2015) 'Who Knows Best?' The Management of Change in Criminal Justice Palgrave Macmillian: London
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||20|
|Independent study hours|
|Caroline Miles||Unit coordinator|
|Rosemary Broad||Unit coordinator|
Restricted to: LLB (Law with Criminology), BA (Criminology) and BA Social Sciences (BASS).
Pre-requisites: LAWS20412 Explaining Crime & Deviance unless agreed with the prgramme director
See Law School timetable