Postgraduate Course: Criminal Justice in Law and Social Policy (PGSP11027)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed for experienced professionally qualified social work practitioners who work in the Criminal Justice system. It reflects increasing expectations that social workers need to be conversant with relevant criminal justice policy, legislation, court structures and criminal procedures and processes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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| Learning Objectives
1. To develop a critical appreciation and examination of the philosophy and structure of the criminal justice system in Scotland; the relationship between the nature and function of social control in criminal justice and other hierarchical social divisions such as gender, race, class and disability.
2. To understand decision making processes and how to contribute to and influence those processes in the context of inter-agency collaboration and anti-discriminatory practice.
3. To understand and evaluate the impact of criminal justice systems on professional intervention and the distribution of service resources.
At the end of this module participants should be able to:
- demonstrate the operation of a twin track policy for service provision distinguishing between violent and non-violent offenders;
- demonstrate offence led service delivery;
- demonstrate understanding of the legal continuum of service delivery within criminal justice social work and its operation in practice;
- locate and utilise intervention strategies within the framework of community disposals and/or alternatives to custody.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Please note that as the course is a distance learning, part time MSc, teaching is arranged in blocks of seven hour days. There are also scheduled study days.
|Course organiser||Dr Ian Harper
Tel: (0131 6)50 3816