Offending Lives: The Consequences of Criminal Justice SOCIO5022

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Offending Lives


10 x two-hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

In order to take this module you need to have met the requirements for entry into our MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Criminology and Criminal Justice Programme. This means achieving a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

Excluded Courses





One essay of 5,000 words (100%).

Course Aims

The module aims to develop critical understandings of (1) concepts of offender rehabilitation and their contested roles within theories and practices of punishment and (2) research about desistance from crime and its relationship to theories and practices of offender rehabilitation

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this module students should be able to:

■ Critically assess the place of rehabilitation within the philosophy and sociology of punishment

■ Recognize and critique the arguments for and against rehabilitation as a penal strategy and practice 

■ Identify and critically compare a range of theories and practices associated with rehabilitation, taking account of their social, historical and jurisdictional contexts  

■ Review and assess research evidence about desistance from crime

■ Integrate and synthesize normative and empirical arguments about the links between desistance research and offender rehabilitation

■ Evaluate the capacity of and prospects for contemporary forms of rehabilitation under conditions of late modernity

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits