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Criminal justice: Process and politics

Offer semester
2nd semester

Lecture time
Monday 18:30 – 21:20

Lecture venue

Course description

This course critically reviews the process of law enforcement with focus on the ways criminal justice policies are developed and the problems and issues arising from the implementation of different approaches to crime control.

Course learning outcomes

(a) An ability to understand main criminological concepts and debates about crime, crime control and criminal justice.

(b) An ability to assess competing assumptions and rationales in the development of crime control policies and criminal justice policies, practices and their impacts in the contemporary context.

(c) An ability to develop a reasoned argument and to present ideas in a clear and concise manner in oral presentation and in written work.


Individual essay40%
Group presentations20%

Required reading

Joyce, P. (Ed.) (2017) Criminal Justice – An Introduction (3rd edition), Oxon: Routledge.

Chui, W. H. and Lo, T. W. (Eds.) (2017) Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong (2nd edition), Oxon: Routledge.

Recommended reading

Weekly reading list will be posted in Moodle

E-journals: Criminology & Public Policy and Criminal Justice Policy Review

Course co-ordinator and teachers

Student view

This course allowed me to gain a ‘backstage’ insight into the social process that produces criminal policy, which gave me a deeper understanding of the magic of power and politics in society.

– Mavis Yip Oi Ying, 1st year MSocSc Criminology student

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