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Possible class structure


The class is divided into five key parts, to be delivered over three contact hours. The following structure is recommended:

  • Introduction, including pre-class exercise ( exercises 1 or 2), or invited guest speaker ( exercise 3) [up to 20 minutes].
  • Lecture: Topic One - Aims and significance of alternatives to imprisonment  [20 minutes].
  • Exercise 4 focusing on the question: What are the main advantages and disadvantages of non-custodial sanctions?'  [up to 10 minutes].
  • Lecture: Topic Two - Justifying punishment in the community  [20 minutes].
  • Exercise 5 focusing on the question: ' To what extent can non-custodial measures achieve the different aims of criminal punishment?'  [up to 10 minutes].
  • Break [10 minutes].
  • Lecture: Topic Three and Topic Four - Pretrial alternatives and Post trial alternatives  [30 minutes].
  • Exercise 6 on 'you be the judge' from the UK Judiciary [up to 15 minutes].
  • Break [5 minutes].
  • Lecture: Topic Five - Evaluating alternatives  [20 minutes].
  • Debate the questions: 'Why are alternatives to imprisonment often not supported by politicians and the media?' and/or 'What barriers need to be overcome to implement effective alternatives to imprisonment?'  [up to 15 minutes].
  • Conclusion: Module summary and explanation of the post-class assignment [five minutes].

[Total: 180 mins]

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