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April 18, 2012

Strathclyde is offering programme in Criminal Justice & Penal Change

Strathclyde University Law School is offering the UK’s first graduate course in Criminal Justice & Penal Change. The LLM in Criminal Justice & Penal Change will examine the range of legal, political and social responses across the world to what is widely referred to as ‘the penal crisis’. This new course will blend a rigorous understanding of fundamental theory with evidence about real world problems. Students undertaking this postgraduate programme will analyse recent innovations in theory, policy and practice. Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, the course will enable students to develop a rational and just response to crime.

General Secretary of the UK’s National Association of Probation Officers, Jonathan Ledger, says, “I welcome this course at a time when investment in community supervision is being cut, prisoner numbers are rising, and the Service is threatened with privatisation. Its focus on desistance and restorative justice is central to the maintenance of an ethically sound approach to interventions. In turn its emphasis on prison reform by encouraging more therapeutic approaches for those in custody is an essential way to ensure community and prison-based interventions are both complementary and successful.”

The core study modules of the LLM in Criminal Justice & Penal Change include Justice & Penal Decision-Making and Punishment & Processes of Penal Change. Students will also do a dissertation research project on a subject of their own choice.

Optional modules to study include: Childhood & Crime; Surveillance, Technology & Control; Offender Supervision & Management; Restorative Justice; and Homicide.

This postgraduate programme can be studied full time over 12 months or part time over 24 months, and students can choose to study for either an LLM or an MSc, there is also the option of early completion with a PGDip/Cert.

D E Gunn O.B.E. M.A. M.Soc.Sc. M.Sc., who has been Governor of HM Prisons Greenock, Polmont YOI, Edinburgh and Glenochil, as well as Vice Chair of Scottish Association of Study of Offending since 1998, says, “I am pleased to endorse this exciting and well thought through new course. It is encouraging to see for the first time the direct, upfront link between Criminal Justice and Penal Change. Imprisonment in all its various dimensions is currently and correctly receiving much more critical and in-depth analysis. One area in particular I welcome an academic as well as a practical focus on risk assessment, defensible decision making, multi-agency partnership working and effectiveness of interventions to address offending behaviour.”

To register your interest in the Criminal Justice & Penal Change course at Strathclyde University, or for more information please contact Pamela McDaid via email at or telephone + 44(0)141 548 3594.

Click here for full details about the Criminal Justice & Penal Change course, or apply online now.

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