Diploma in Penology & Prison Studies

Start date: Thursday, 27 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

Who should apply:
Those working in the Prison Service in Ireland. Those working in the criminal justice system in Ireland who have a special interest in penology matters. Those in other careers, with an interest in prison studies and how it can affect society as a whole.

Course Summary:
Delivered by leading academics and prison experts, the purpose of the Diploma in Penology & Prison studies is to equip learners (from a variety of professional or interested backgrounds) with an understanding of the origins of punishment and sentencing in Ireland. Students will consider, sentencing, criminology and “What Works” when it comes to best prison practice. All lectures will be related to various theories of crime and offending. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of how a modern prison system operates and indeed survives from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

During this course the student will learn how to identify certain types of criminals and their likely behaviours within the prison environment. In particular they will look at how both prisoner and prison officer exist both together and separately in a modern prison environment. They will also learn about the context in which the prison system currently sits in Ireland including sentencing policies and the likely direction of the Irish Prison Service into the future.

  • John O’Keeffe is a graduate of University College Dublin, London and a double criminology graduate of Cambridge University where he is a life member of Homerton College. He is a Member of the American Society of Criminology, the British Society of Criminology and also acts as a Special Advisor to AdVIC – Advocates for the Victims of Homicide.

    From 2000-2010 he was both Head and Dean of the Law School at Dublin Business School incorporating Portobello College, where he taught both civil and criminal law. A journalist and broadcaster, he also acts as a mediator and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    John is also a journalist and broadcaster and appears regularly on TV3 and RTE Radio where he speaks on matters related to criminal psychology.

    This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (Dame Street, Dublin 2) and from our campus in Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

    This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.

  • Week 1 – Prisons and Imprisonment in Ireland

    Week 2
    The Legal Context: The Criminal Justice System in Ireland

    Week 3
    – Punishment: historical and modern perspectives

    Week 4 – Nature or nurture? The perennial debate

    Week 5 – Bad men in good jails – the psychopaths amongst you

    Week 6 – Sex Offenders: a special category?

    Week 7 – Life on the Inside – The Inmate Code

    Week 8 – Justice for the Forgotten – The Modern Prison Officer

    Week 9 – Sentencing and Sentencing Policy

    Week 10– Non-custodial options – the future?

  • A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Penology & Prison Studies. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking
  • Apply Online

    For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40 or email info@citycolleges.ie

    To download an application form click here