Criminal Justice Policy

This information is for the 2019/20 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.

All Social Policy Courses are ‘Controlled Access’. Please see the link below for further details on the allocation process:




Amongst non-Social Policy students, if there are places available, priority will be given to those on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study).

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. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures in the ST.


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


There will be a revision session in the 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;

T Newburn (2012), Criminology, 2nd edn.


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

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

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