|Start date||January 11 2021|
|Delivery mode||Online Distance Education|
|Course Leader||Professor Karen Duke|
This module critically examines the key criminological theories and concepts relating to drugs and drug use, the relationship between drugs and crime, and the criminal justice institutions (i.e. police, probation and prisons), policies and legislation relating to drugs, drug use and offending.
This module is ideal for health and social care professionals, working in a variety of settings who have an interest in substance use and wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of how it interfaces with the criminal justice system.
This module aims to develop advanced skills in the application of criminological theories and concepts in relation to drugs, drug use, and drugs control and in critically analysing the relationship between drugs and crime.
You will critically evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control within their social, political and economic contexts and compare and contrast the role of the criminal justice system in responding to drugs in various countries. The module also aims to foster a critical interest in the reform of drugs control policy and institutions at both national and international levels.
During this module, you will learn to:
This module is delivered by distance learning.
Summative assessment scheme
The module will be assessed by one essay worth 90% of the marks and contribution to online discussion boards (10%).
1. A 2,500 word evaluative essay
Applying criminological theories and concepts, you will be required to provide a critique and assessment of a specific drugs initiative within the criminal justice system (e.g. arrest referral, street level enforcement, policing drug markets, quasi-compulsory drug treatment, drug courts, drug testing or treatment in prison etc) with reference to the relevant research literature and evidence.)
2. Contribution of 150-200 words to at least 5 separate online discussion boards (5 x 2%).
You will receive 2% for each contribution, up to a maximum total of 10%. These contributions need to be made to the online discussion boards at the end of each unit. They will be assessed at the end of the teaching period (16.04.21)
The module comprises six units which will be delivered over 12 weeks, all learning materials will be accessed via the online myLearning platform.
The module will be taught between Monday 11 January 2021 and Friday 16 April 2021 with the Summative assessment (2,500 word essay) being due on Friday 16 April 2021.
There will be two online workshops scheduled during the module.
There will opportunities for individual tutorials and formative feedback on essay plans.
To be eligible for this module, you must provide evidence of an ability to study at Level 6.
Apply for this module through our online application form.
The fees* below refer to the 2020/21 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Per credit: £60
15 credits: £900
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.
There are several funding options available:
For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.