Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Criminological Classics

Module L3122

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module is based on four classic criminological research monographs and aims to provide students with not only an in depth appreication and understanding of these studies and their wider context, but also the skills necessary to critically analyse primary texts. Monographs have been selected which have been particularly influential within the discipline and which would be widely recognised by criminologists as key studies. The books studied will be The Jack Roller (Shaw, 1930), Society of Captives (Sykes, 1958), Hooligan: A History of Respectable Fears (Pearson, 1983) and Criminal Women (Carlen, 1985) (although it should be noted that the specific texts may change in different years). Students will read these monographs in their entirety, and lectures and seminars will also explore the historical and intellectual context of the texts' inception.

Module learning outcomes

Good knowledge of the four chosen monographs and the ability to identify their research methodologies and theoretical approach.

Describe and explain the relevance of the wider historical and intellectual context out of which the texts emerged.

Summarise these texts' significance to, and influence on, criminology as a discipline.

Demonstrate the preceding three learning outcomes by participating in a group presentation and producing a portfolio of 500 word summaries of each monograph suitable for use by a first year Criminology undergraduate.

Portfolio (2000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0050.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (10 minutes)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
Spring SemesterLecture2 hours110100101011
Spring 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 James Hardie-Bick

Convenor, Assess convenor

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