Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Criminology in Theory and Perspective

Module L4101

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module will acquaint students with the main theories, perspectives and concepts associated with major traditions in sociological criminology. It builds on two first year modules, Thinking Like a Criminologist and Criminological Classics, which are prerequisites. Students will examine a range of criminological perspectives, from those prevalent in the mid twentieth-century to contemporary, cutting edge theories. Students will be encouraged to take a critical approach to these perspective and to situate them within their wider social and political contexts. In particular, the module will cover the following: Strain Theory, Labelling Theory, Radical and Critical Criminology, Left Realism, Right Realism, Feminist Criminology, Masculinities and Crime, Psycho-Social Approaches, Cultural Criminology and Green Criminology.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the main theoretical perspectives in contemporary sociological Criminology

Demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast perspectives in order to appraise their arguments and understand their limits.

Employ criminological perspectives in order to critically interpret examples from empirical research, and to be able to apply perspectives to examples.

Identify and evaluate the social and political contexts out of which criminological perspectives developed

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment50.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 8 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111110111111

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