Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Criminal Justice and the Penal System
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   unseen exam  50%
Semester Assessment Essay  (including outline 10%) 2500 words  40%
Semester Assessment Outline  10%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   unseen exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2500 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Outline  10%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand the law, policies and theories that underlie the criminal justice system.

2. Understand the key concepts of the subject and the methods of evaluating the operation of the system.

3. Utilise and apply relevant data and research materials.

4. Engage in debate and present reasoned and evidence based argument.​


​Module broadly considers the enforcement of laws, investigation and prosecution of criminal conduct, court procedures and sentencing, and the implementation of sanctions. This amounts to a large body of policy, law and practice that provides the context within which the criminal law operates.

Brief description

Criminal justice is a discrete discipline that encompasses the fields of law and criminology and looks at the legal procedures and institutions that give effect to the criminal law. The three key areas of the criminal justice system are police, courts (including sentencing) and corrections.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Seminar discussions will develop individual and group presentation and oral argument.
Improving own Learning and Performance The seminar participation and exam will develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others orally, and developing written communication skills.
Information Technology Library and research skills are fundamental to preparation for seminars and exam.
Personal Development and Career planning Recommended topic for any considering working within the criminal justice system.
Problem solving Seminar discussion/preparation and debate.
Research skills Research and preparation for seminars and exam.
Subject Specific Skills Reading and understanding legal and social science materials particular to the criminal justice system
Team work Group activities and discussion in seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 5