Criminal Justice

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Criminal Justice

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial and successful prior study of law

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Content:

    This is a module for students who are curious about the practical workings of the criminal
    process and seek a refreshing change from learning ?black letter? law. We examine the
    results of social research on how the criminal justice system works in the ?real world?,
    practice. For example, we do not learn the legal rules of protecting detainees, but
    examine what goes on in the police station, in order to find out whether the safeguards
    protect the accused as intended by the law.

    Our studies take us through the process sequentially, from police behaviour on the
    street, through to the psychology of the courtroom. We then study particular topics,
    listed below. The students devise their own project title and may, if they wish, conduct a
    piece of empirical social research. Throughout the teaching, the module leader draws on
    extensive research experience in this field.

    Topics covered include:

    Autumn semester:
    ? Introduction to the course and to socio-legal studies
    ? Theories of criminal process
    ? Workshop on policing
    ? Police discretion/ the police and the public/ community
    ? Police Governance & Accountability - Police & Crime
    ? In the police station
    ? The decision to prosecute; the state of the CPS; attrition in assaults and sex cases
    ? The defendant's perspective, defence lawyers, the unrepresented defendant.
    ? The plea and plea bargaining. Sentencing discounts
    ? The courtroom, roles and relationships

    Spring semester:
    ? The psychology of the courtroom: juries and witnesses
    ? Youth Justice
    ? Public attitudes to criminal justice; fear of crime
    ? Race and the Criminal Process
    ? Cannabis
    ? The regulation of smoking

    Teaching: A variety of seminars: part-lecture-format; part group-work and part student single or
    joint presentations, verbal and/or visual.

    ? An essay in which students select their own title within the syllabus which must
    be approved by the module leader (25%)
    ? A take-home exam, answering 3 questions in a 4 day period (75%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: Assignment
    STUDY OPTION 3: Alternative Assessment (tbc)

    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.

Some courses may require additional fees.

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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