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Politics, Psychology, and Sociology (Social and Political Sciences) Tripos, Parts IIA and IIB

(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 406)

With effect from 1 October 2009

Regulation 14.

Interdisciplinary papers

By amending the title of Paper Int. 6 from 'Crime and deviance' to 'Criminology, sentencing, and the penal system (Paper 23 of the Law Tripos)'.


(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 409)

With effect from the same date

The detail for Papers Int. 1 and Int. 6 have been amended as follows:

Paper Int. 1.       Inquiry and analysis I

By amending the final sentence so as to read:

The paper will be examined by one 2,500-word methodological essay, one 2,500 statistical assignment, and a project report of 5,000 words.

Paper Int. 6.       Crime and deviance

By amending the title and by replacing the current text so as to read:

Paper Int. 6.       Criminology, sentencing, and the penal system (Paper 23 of the Law Tripos)

A key aim of this paper is to allow students to gain a critical and informed understanding of patterns of crime, pathways into and out of crime, and critical issues regarding law, policy and practice in relation to criminal justice and sentencing. The first section will look at the social construction of criminal statistics and the influence of the media in shaping popular understandings of crime, individual, family and situational factors in relation to pathways into crime as well as resilience and desistance and offender rehabilitation in regard to pathways out of crime. The second section involves a focus on theories of punishment and the part that different forms of punishment can play in reducing crime. The third part turns to sentencing issues, the legal framework, and dilemmas in theory and practice, whilst the fourth part concentrates on specific groups of offenders: young offenders, sex offenders, dangerous offenders, and women, for example, and the particular challenges in dealing with those groups of offenders. The final element turns to community penalties, prisons, parole, and to the broad issues of fairness, discretion, gender, and race in late modern criminal justice. The paper will be examined by either (a) a three-hour paper consisting of 4 questions, or (b) two long essays of 5,000 words each.

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