Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Critical Reading and Writing for Criminologists

Module L3121

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module provides students a chance to practice and reflect on approaches to reading and writing that give them an excellent foundation for the rest of their Criminology degree. Students will read contemporary published criminological work and will engage in critical discussion with their peers. They will focus in depth on one text in particular, such as Venkatesh's (2008) Gang Leader for a Day (the specific text may vary). They will draft a book review, commenting on the methodology, data and conclusions presented. They will be given detailed feedback on the writing style and academic content of a draft of this review before making the final submission.

Module learning outcomes

Describe and recognise criminological research methods and their relationship to research findings

Summarise and review a text's key arguments on the basis of a detailed reading

Become acquainted with, and reflect on, academic approaches to reading and writing

Begin to develop skills of academic writing by producing a book review

ObservationAutumn Semester100.00%

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 SemesterSeminar2 hours111110111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Prof Karen Lowton

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Lizzie Seal


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