Criminology in Theory and Perspective

Module code: L4101
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
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