Curricular Unit:Code:
Public opinion and Criminal Justice780OPJC
Year:Level:Course:Credits:
3UndergraduateCriminology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
i) To understand the concepts of public opinion, fear of crime and insecurity and promote knowledge about their effects on the criminal justice system.
ii) To learn the various ways of generating public opinion on the criminal justice system.
iii) To asses critical knowledge about feelings of insecurity and fear of crime and stimulating critical thinking of students about the social and institutional response to crime.
iv)To know the factors that influence the decision of the victims to report crimes and to influence public opinion in prisons and rehabilitation of offenders.
Syllabus:
1st Unit: PUBLIC OPINION, FEAR OF CRIME AND INSECURITY: CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS
1.1. Searching for the concept of public opinion and attitudes: Formation of public opinion:
  1.2. Fear of crime and feelings of insecurity
1.3. Costs of victimization and fear of crime
1.4. Trust in institutions
2nd Unit: RESEARCH METHODS ON PUBLIC OPINION
2.1. The indirect observation
2.2. Direct observation
2.2.2. Opinion polls
3rd Unit: PUBLIC OPINION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
3.1. The importance of public opinion in the Criminal Justice System
3.2. The measure of public opinion on the justice system: methodological issues
4th unit: PUBLIC OPINION: victims and offenders
4.1. System of criminal Justice and Victims .
4.2. Public opinion and prisons.
4.3. Pubic opinion and rehabilitation of offenders.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Mindful of the objectives, the syllabus is adequate to provide students with a broad and complete overview of criminological landscape and notions of public opinion attitudes and their influence in Criminal Justice. There are also discussed the various generators constraints of insecurity and the various constraints that generate public policies, and methodological issues about opinion surveys on crime and Justice.
It analyzes factors affecting victim decision to report crimes and attitudes toward prison and offenders rehabilitation.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Practice work (40%) and test (60%)
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Teaching methodology will include theoretical lecturing, research, reading and discussion of specific references, as well as thematic debating and critical reflection. Assessment will be continuous and based on a written test, a practical essay, an oral presentation and work discussion, as well as the execution of theoretical and practical tasks in the classroom, and students’ punctuality and attendance.
Reading:
Augras, M. (1980). Opinião pública. Teoria e pesquisa. 4ª Edic. Petrópolis Edit. Lisboa. 165 pág.
Cavadino, M. e Dignan, J. (2007). The Penal System. An introduction. Fourth Edition. Sage publications, London. 474 pág..
De Maillard, J. (1995). Crimes e Leis. Instituto Piaget. Bibiloteca Básica de Ciência e Cultura. Lisboa. 149 pág.
Flanagan, T.J. e Longmire, D. R. (edit.)(1996). Americans View Crime and Justice. A National Public Opinion Survey. Sage Publications, London. 219 pág.
Garland, D. (2002): The Culture of Control. Crime and social order in the contemporary society. Oxford University Press.