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March 2006 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This Course Companion in Criminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is to be applauded. It is an essential handbook for all students and practitioners who are studying the criminal justice system. The user-friendly framework provides students with practical support in how they can organise their approach to studying to maximise their knowledge and revision skills. I have no hesitation in commending this Companion as a valuable complementary text'

- Professor Allyson MacVean, John Grieve Centre for Policing & Community Safety, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College

"Congratulations to Ursula Smartt and SAGE on a most welcome 'skills' text for Criminal Justice students... The book is concise, clear, well-organised and accessible - highly recommended." Stephen Parrott, Birkbeck, University of London

Criminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is part of an exciting new series from SAGE. It is designed to help students to make the most of their undergraduate or foundation course in Criminal Justice or Criminology. Developed as accessible reference tools, SAGE Course Companions offer an introduction to the subject and encourage students to extend their understanding of key concepts, issues and debates.

This book provides a basic grounding in criminal justice, alongside pointers to further reading and advice on study skills. It can be used as an overview of the subject and referred to throughout the degree for tips and revision guidance.

Smartt's Criminal Justice is designed to complement, rather than replace, existing textbooks for the course, and will provide:

- Helpful summaries of the course curriculum to aid exam revision and essay planning

- Key summaries of the approach taken by the main textbooks on the course

- Guidance on the essential study skills required to pass the course

- Help with developing critical thinking

- Route-maps to aid the development of wider learning above and beyond the textbook

- Pointers to success in course exams and written assessment exercises

- A tutor's-eye view of what course examiners are looking for

- An insider's view of what key course concepts are really all about

SAGE Course Companions are much more than revision guides for undergraduate. They are an essential tool to success in undergraduate courses, enriching the learning experience and developing students' understanding.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
Introduction to your Course Companion
 
How To Use this Book
 
Navigation Around This Book
 
Introducing the Features
 
Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction
 
Thinking Like a Criminal Justice Specialist
 
PART TWO: CORE AREAS OF THE CURRICULUM
Running Themes in Criminal Justice  
 
Introduction to the Criminal Process of England and Wales
 
Understanding Crime and Criminal Law
 
Punishment and Sentencing Framework
 
Police
 
Prosecuting Crime
 
The Magistrates' Court
 
The Crown Court
 
Youth Crime and Youth Justice
 
Prisons
 
Probation
 
PART THREE: STUDY, WRITING AND REVISION SKILLS
in collaboration with David McIlroy
How To Get the Most out of Your Lectures
 
How To Make the Most from Your Seminars or Tutorial Workshops
 
Essay Writing Tips
 
Revision Hints and Tips
 
Exam Tips
 
Tips on Interpreting Essay and Exam Questions
 
PART FOUR: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
 
Chronology of Crime Events
 
Glossary of Legal Terms
 
Bibliography
 
Internet Sources and Useful Websites
 
Index

This Course Companion in Criminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is to be applauded. It is an essential handbook for all students and practitioners who are studying the criminal justice system. The user-friendly framework provides students with practical support in how they can organise their approach to studying to maximise their knowledge and revision skills. I have no hesitation in commending this Companion as a valuable complementary text.

Professor Allyson MacVean, John Grieve Centre for Policing & Community Safety, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College

"Congratulations to Ursula Smartt and SAGE on a most welcome 'skills' text for Criminal Justice students... The book is concise, clear, well-organised and accessible - highly recommended." Stephen Parrott, Birkbeck, University of London


An informative book that is useful as a revision aide.

Steve Curtis
Criminology Department, Northampton University
September 12, 2012

This book is adding to my collection of study skills literature for varying levels of use in each module I coordinate. This book has been reccomended to the LRC

Mr Richard Turner
Law and Criminology, Doncaster University Centre
July 5, 2012

We currently use another book entitled criminal Justice by peter Joyce which still remains our core text however this has been recommended as a library purchase

Mr Bob Lyman
Social Science , Northampton University
May 2, 2012

This book is methodologically a very good guide for both students and lectures on criminal law. It is highly recommended for undergraduate students on criminal law programs but also for those who study criminology in the postgraduate level with a non legal background.

Mr Fabian Zhilla
Criminology, King's College London
May 12, 2011

As part of the Sage Course Companion series this book has outlined the Criminal Justice system and proved invaluable to the students in their understanding of the subject matter

Mrs Fiona Porter
Dept of Social Sciences & Humanities, Bradford University
May 3, 2011

The book has accurate and accessible information on the workings of the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales. I will be recommending it to the university subject librarian as supplemental reading material for stage 1 students.

Mr Gareth Addidle
Criminology, Plymouth Business School
November 21, 2010

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Ursula Smartt

Ursula Smartt is senior lecturer at the School of Law, Faculty of Professional Studies, Thames Valley University More About Author

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