Criminal Justice Policy

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis OLD 2.51


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Criminal Justice Policy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will be capped at 30 students with preference given to MSc Criminal Justice Policy (CJP) students in the first instance. Any additional places will be given according to student statement’s submitted through LSE for You upon application. Priority after CJP students will be given to students on other Social Policy Programmes; and then if there are places available, for those on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). Only after these students applications have been considered will students from elsewhere in LSE be offered a place.

Course content

The course provides a detailed and critical introduction to the study of criminal justice institutions, practices and participants. It begins with an introduction to the nature of crime and contemporary criminal justice policy. It then examines the main elements of modern criminal justice systems (police, courts, prisons, probation, the media, and private security). Special emphasis is given to current issues such as restorative justice and increasing rates of incarceration. The course combines up-to-date empirical work with theoretical perspectives and also emphasises the role of historical and comparative perspectives in understanding current trends.


15 hours of lectures, 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars and 1 hour and 30 minutes of workshops in the MT. 15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Lectures: SA403.1 20 weekly one and a half hour lectures, MT and, LT.

Seminars: SA403.2, 19 weekly one and a half hour seminars, MT and LT.

Workshop: SA403.3,  1 session of one and a half hours in MT

There will be a reading week in Weeks 6 of MT and LT.

There will be a revision session and mock exam in ST.

Formative coursework

Michaelmas Term – formative essay and one-to-one feedback. Summer term – mock exam (one question).

Indicative reading

There are two set texts for the course: M Maguire, R Morgan & R Reiner (eds.) (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 5th edn; and T Newburn (2012), Criminology, 2nd edn.


Exam (75%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 16.7
Merit 63.9
Pass 18.1
Fail 1.4

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2017/18: 28

Average class size 2017/18: 14

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills

Course survey results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 72%



Reading list (Q2.1)


Materials (Q2.3)


Course satisfied (Q2.4)


Integration (Q2.6)


Contact (Q2.7)


Feedback (Q2.8)


Recommend (Q2.9)