20 credits at level HE5
1) the location of crime in a socio-psychological context with reference to contemporary culture and current legal debate.
2) The use of psychological and sociological approaches to gain an understanding of the phenomena of crime.
3) The exploration of agencies of social control with regard to the construction of crime, the maintenance of crime, and the containment of crime.
Theories of Crime
Criminal Justice / Law and Order
Media & Crime
Occupational / corporate crime
Gender and crime
Custody - rationales for punishment
Conflict theories / radical perspectives
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of teaching, a study/ revision week followed by an end of module exam in week 14. Delivery of the module will take place through lectures and tutorial support. They will have 1.5 hours per week tutorial support on the listed topics. Tutorials will explore theoretical issues pertaining to each topic and will introduce activities involving the interpretation of data in order to support the Review Paper. There will be an end of module Examination (3 hours).
Learning outcomes 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are assessed by coursework. Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are assessed by an examination.
Class contact 12 x 3 hour sessions
Examination 3 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be able to demonstrate a clear breadth of knowledge regarding psychological and sociological approaches to criminality.||1. be able to make critical comparisons between psychological and sociological approaches in relation to theoretical discourse and methodological paradigms|
|2.||be able to show a specific understanding of particular aspects of crime.||be able to provide contextual accounts of e.g. youth crime|
|3.||be able to evaluate and make rational judgements about empirical work on a specific topic pertaining to the psychosocial basis of criminality.||be able to provide evidence of probity with regard to how a particular research question is formulated and investigated.|
|4.||be able to identify the advantages and limitations of some forms of applied research||be able to provide recommendations for further research in particular psychosocial areas.|
|5.||be able to show a familiarity with forms of criminological data e.g. The British Crime Survey and an ability to constructively criticise them||be able to analyse particular forms of data, show the strengths and weaknesses of them, and suggest ways of advancing empirical study.|
|6.||be able to demonstrate a grasp of criminological and legal discourses and how these relate to social science debate.||be able to advance coherent arguments concerning the relevance of the social sciences with regard to issues of public policy|
|7.||be able to demonstrate advanced search skills across a range of disciplines.||be able to access legal and criminological data bases and appraise appropriate research findings.|
|8.||be able to make significant use of independent learning techniques.||be able to evaluate research material and report back in tutorial sessions.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Coleman, C. & Norris, C. (2000) Introducing Criminology. Culompton: Willan.
Cook, D. & Hudson, B. (Eds.) (1993). Racism & criminology. London: Sage. (Out of print but available in Library)
* Croall, H. (1998). Crime & society in Britain: An introduction. Longman.
Emler, N. & Reicher, S. (1995). Adolescence & delinquency. Blackwell.
Feldman, P. (1993). The psychology of crime. Cambridge University Press.
Howitt, D. (1998). Crime, the media & the law. Wiley. (Out of print but available in Library)
Jones, S. (2001) Criminology (2nd ed). Butterworths.
McLaughlin, E etal (eds) (2003) Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (2nd ed). London: Sage
Maguire, M. et al (Eds) (2002). The Oxford handbook of criminology. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Muncie, J (1999). Youth & crime: A critical introduction. Sage.
Newburn, T. (1997). Youth crime & youth justice. Longman.
Slapper, G. & Tombs, S. (1999). Corporate crime. Longman.
Walklate, S. (2001). Gender crime & criminal justice. Willan.(Out of print but available in Library)
Walklate, S. (2003). Understanding criminology: Current theoretical debates. Open University Press.
* Key Text
Students will be expected to search for, select and review current journal articles on the topics covered.
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