Postgraduate Course: Legislative and Policy Context (Criminal Justice) (SCWR11028)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This module will examine the Scottish Criminal Justice System and the legal context in which social workers practice. International comparisons with other jurisdictions will be explored, as will the strengths and weaknesses of the Scottish System. Concepts such as discretion, sentencing philosophy, and the independence of the judiciary and sentencing options will be addressed. The policy framework set by government will be examined and the strengths and limitations of government prescribed standards of practice (National Objectives and Standards) will be investigated.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| At the end of this course students should be able to demonstrate the following:
Develop knowledge and understanding of the Scottish system of administering justice.
Consider the legal context in which criminal justice social workers practice, and the importance of maintaining a good working knowledge of relevant legal issues.
Develop a critical appreciation of the role of central government in funding criminal justice social work services and prescribing practice standards.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the policy and legal context of criminal justice social work in Scotland.
Evidence awareness of how other jurisdictions operate.
Demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of the role of central government in directing practice.
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|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course will be delivered over 4 taught days with 2 online learning days facilitated through a tutor. Students will be expected to engage in independent learning. Classroom sessions will include presentations, discussion and practical exercises
|Course organiser||Dr Viviene Cree
Tel: (0131 6)50 3927
|Course secretary||Mrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244