Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Thinking Like a Criminologist

Module L3120

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This modules aims to introduce students to the key skills involved in thinking like a criminologist.
The course places a joint emphasis on gaining both a theoretical and practical understanding of criminology as a discipline. Students will develop skills in interpreting crime statistics, critically assessing definitions of crime and engaging with media debates about crime and justice. These will be informed by introductory criminological theory to provide a foundation, including positivism and classicism, Durkheim and the Chicago School. Key topics will include:

-What is crime?
-Who is a criminal?
-How can we use crime statistics?
-The history of crime
-Media representations of crime
-The use of official reports and policy documents

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the emergence of criminology as a discipline and recognise its defining features.

Employ relevant theoretical concepts to explain and evaluate definitions of crime and justice.

Recognise the importance of crime statistics and criminal justice policy to criminology.

Produce a portfolio of work that includes exercises pertaining to different aspects of the module. These will be undertaken over the course of the term.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 8 50.00%
EssayT1 Week 12 50.00%

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 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Suraj Lakhani

Assess convenor, Convenor

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