Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Community Justice
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Authentic Assessment  Produce material (poster, pamphlet, video, podcast etc.) promoting community justice to sentencers. 2000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Reflective Report  Reflective report on one of the seminar mock panels or seminar debate. 2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assessment 1 Resit  Resit in the form of an essay. 2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assessment 2 Resit  Resit in the form of an essay. 2000 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a practical understanding of how community justice is delivered in the UK

Understand the core principles that underpin community justice and differentiate it from traditional criminal justice.

Evaluate community and restorative interventions for crime and antisocial behaviour.

Compare the community and restorative justice practices of other jurisdictions and cultures.

Appreciate how marginalised communities in western countries may benefit from community and restorative justice.

Successfully work as part of a group by delegating work, sharing ideas and conducting peer evaluations.

Effectively communicate the benefits and limitations of community justice responses to different audiences (e.g. general public, criminal justice professionals, other academics etc.).

Brief description

This module offers a comprehensive introduction to community justice as it is currently employed in England and Wales, with some reference to other jurisdictions. Beyond introducing students to community justice models and relevant concepts (e.g. restorative justice), the module will also facilitate a critical examination of their theoretical and practical application, and particularly how it compares to the application of traditional and punitive justice responses (e.g. prison sentences and fines).


1. Introduction: What is community justice? Community vs. custodial sentences
2. Delivering community justice in the UK 1 (Probation Service and Youth Offending Teams).
3. Delivering community justice in the UK 2 (Police and Courts).
4. Delivering community justice in the UK 3 (Local authorities and other organisations).
5. Community disposals/orders including alternatives to custody.
6. Models of community justice delivery and managing risks in the community.
7. Restorative Justice.
8. Victimisation, serious crime.
9. Other jurisdictions and other approaches (e.g. Aboriginal/native justice, peace and reconciliation in South Africa and Northern Ireland)
10. The future of community justice.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Conduct independent research, as well as analyse issues in a group setting. One of the seminar activities consists of roleplaying realistic processes of community justice responses; that task will require both students’ personal understanding of the material and in-group collaboration.
Co-ordinating with others Seminars will not only facilitate group discussions but also roleplays that require students' collaboration and sharing of knowledge.
Creative Problem Solving Seminars will engage students in trying to bring together different parties (victims and offenders – restorative justice).
Critical and analytical thinking Thorough critical assessment of different justice responses – for assignments and seminar engagement.
Digital capability Use of design resources to create accessible digital media.
Professional communication Communicating knowledge to a number of audiences (criminal justice professionals, general public, academics).
Real world sense Understanding and replicating real-world practice. The authentic assessment and seminar roleplays will require students to immerse themselves in the current practice of multiple jurisdictions.
Reflection Develop reflective narrative based on seminar work and experience.
Subject Specific Skills Understanding how community justice is currently carried out by different jurisdictions, as well as how it could potentially be applied in the future.


This module is at CQFW Level 5