Diversity and Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Diversity and Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Previous study in introductory criminology

  • 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 enable students to contextualise Criminology?s past and present
    engagement with diversity and discrimination. The relationship between crime and
    discriminatory practices will be explored. The responses of the criminal justice process to
    diversity will be documented and evaluated.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Defining difference and understanding diversity.
    ? The social construction of difference and criminological theory.
    ? Diversity and the experience of victimization.
    ? Discrimination and the culture of policing.
    ? Tackling discrimination; avenues of redress and examples of good
    ? Disproportional treatment and penal sanctions.
    ? Agency responses to domestic abuse and male sexual assault.
    ? Youth, ethnicity and violent crime.
    ? Legislative changes in the diversity and discrimation spheres.
    ? The exploration of the development of issues and policies for
    understanding and explaining the development of diversity and antidiscrimination
    policy in relation to areas such as hate crime; domestic
    abuse and honour crimes; sexual assault; female genital mutilation and
    human trafficking.

    Autumn Semester:
    ? Diversity & Discrimination Explained.
    ? Policing Response to Victims of Domestic Violence ? Then & Now
    ? Historical Perspectives & Police Practice (Macpherson & Scarman & Islamaphobia
    ? A Gendered Victim of Rape?
    ? The Social Construction of Difference in Criminological Theory
    ? Legislation and its Impact on the Sex Work Industry & Male Sex Work: Gender
    Discrimination and Criminal Justice Policy
    ? Domestic Abuse: Responses Then and Now
    ? Ethnicity and mass incarceration?

    Spring Semester:
    ? Gang? Culture & Female involvement in Male Gangs
    ? Hate Crime
    ? Policies in practice: The Penal Placement of Transgendered Offenders
    ? Gender Bias in Conceptualising the Criminal
    ? Harmful Cultural Practices (Female Genital Mutilation)
    ? Harmful Cultural Practices (Child Witches).

    Weekly 1 hour Lectures and 1 hour Seminars

    ? 3000 word Critical Literature Review
    STUDY OPTION 2: Alternative assessment (tbc)
    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.

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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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