Criminology in Theory and Perspective
Module code: L4101
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination
This module will acquaint you 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. You will examine a range of criminological perspectives from those prevalent in the mid-20th century to contemporary, cutting edge theories. You will be encouraged to take a critical approach to these perspectives 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