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Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Foundations of Criminal Justice

Unit code LAWS10421
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Law
Available as a free choice unit? No


  1. Overview of the English legal system
  2. The ‘law in books’
  3. Police powers
  4. Suspects’ rights
  5. Victims
  6. READING WEEK -  No lectures or seminars
  7. Crown Prosecution Service and the court system 
  8. The Probation Service
  9. Human rights 
  10. Prisons
  11. Revision


The unit aims to:

- familiarise students with the history and structure of core agencies of the criminal justice system 
- introduce students to a number of different sources (academic, official and other) of information on relevant criminal justice issues
- introduce students to essential legal terminology
- give students a critical appreciation of the how the criminal justice system operates
- develop students' autonomy and independence as learners

Learning outcomes


Teaching and learning methods

20 hours of lectures, 10 hours of seminars, 10 hours of feedback/drop-in sessions and 10 hours of e-learning/independent learning sessions

The delivery of lectures will be traditionally led.
The delivery of seminars will be seminar taker led.

Students will be expected to visit a court centre
Part of the seminar preparation involves watching television programmes and listening to radio broadcasts via Blackboard.
Most of the reading is electronically available and can be accessed either through Blackboard or UML website.

Knowledge and understanding

- possess a general grasp of the main areas of English Law and the English legal system
- demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice system and its component parts

Intellectual skills

- Students should understand the general structure of the English legal system.
- Students should also understand the sources and types of law in the English legal system.

Practical skills

- Accessing relevant information and Law Reports
- Discuss, illustrate, debate and evaluate key points/perspectives and communicate these in a clear and effective way.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

- Development of research ability
- Development of essay writing skills

Assessment methods

100% coursework (3000 words)


Feedback methods

Compulsory non-assessed essay (1500 words).
Feedback given at the end of each seminar.
Multiple choice questions available online
Individual feedback given online.

Recommended reading


Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 6th Edition. (Oxford: OUP, 2017).

Tim Newburn, Criminology 3rd ed. (Routledge, Abingdon, 2017)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Hannah Quirk Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Restricted to: BA (Criminology) and LLB (Law with Criminology) students for whom this subject is compulsory, BA (Econ) students (all pathways) and BA Social Sciences (BASS).

Pre-requisites: None.

See Law School timetable


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