LAW40970 Desistance, Rehabilitation and Reintegration

Academic Year 2023/2024

The majority of offenders cease to commit crime in early adulthood. This phenomenon, known as desistance from crime, is well-documented in the criminological literature. Recently, there has been a growing interest in studying the mechanisms and contexts involved in the transition to a crime-free life and, as a result, knowledge about desistance is growing rapidly. The purpose of this module is to explore key themes in the study of desistance, rehabilitation and reintegration. It draws on a variety of theoretical and empirical sources, with a particular emphasis on literature concerning desistance, rehabilitation, risk, recidivism, and criminal careers.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

Critically evaluate competing theoretical perspectives on desistance
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key methodological and conceptual issues
Demonstrate awareness of current empirical, theoretical and policy debates in the study of desistance, rehabilitation and reintegration
Exhibit a detailed knowledge of offender rehabiliation practices and assess their strengths and limitations

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Approaches include seminars, active/task-based learning; group work; critical writing; reflective learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: 2,000 words Week 12 n/a Graded No


Essay: 2,000 word essay Week 10 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Reflective learning journals, submitted weekly Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

This module is assessed by means of an essay, assignment and reflective journal. Feedback will be provided in the form of written group feedback through Brightspace within 20 working days of the submission date. Students may request a meeting with the module coordinator to obtain individual feedback on their assessments.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 14:00 - 15:50