Crime, Law and Justice

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Crime, Law and Justice

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Criminology, Justice Studies, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will provide students with an introduction to the institutions, processes and
    legal foundations of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

    The module is divided into three sections:
    1) Criminal justice process ? the progress of an alleged offender from arrest to trial.
    2) Evidence ? the way in which the system uses and evaluates information to from
    victims, experts and witnesses to reach conclusions about guilt, innocence, and
    3) Criminal law ? the key principles in determining the criminal liability of offenders.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Arrest, detention and interview
    ? Magistrates and the Magistrates? court
    ? The concept of ?guilt?
    ? Homicides and criminal liability
    ? Expert witness testimony
    ? Trials in the Crown Court
    ? Appeals, scrutiny and inspectorates
    ? Information retrieval: sources and resources
    ? Research, ethics and information gathering

    Autumn Semester:
    ? What is crime?
    ? Policing
    ? The Crown Prosecution Service
    ? Managing Sex Offenders: The Evidence and the Issues
    ? Criminal Justice Response to Male and Rape Survivors
    ? Expert Witness Testimony
    ? Violent Offenders
    ? Male Sex Work: Evidence and Ethics

    Spring Semester:
    ? What is a crime?
    ? Homicide: Murder
    ? Sex offences
    ? Case study: Criminalisation of HIV transmission
    ? Defences
    ? Assessing seriousness in the criminal law
    ? Legal Databases
    ? Evidence
    ? Criminal law

    Weekly 2 hour workshops

    ? 2 hour seen exam (100%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: Portfolio
    STUDY OPTION 3: Portfolio

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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