Critical Reading and Writing for Criminologists

Module code: L3121
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Observation

This module provides you a chance to practice and reflect on approaches to reading and writing that give you an excellent foundation for the rest of your criminology degree. You will read contemporary published criminological work and will engage in critical discussion with your peers. You will focus in depth on one text in particular, such as Venkatesh's Gang Leader for a Day (2008). You will draft a book review, commenting on the methodology, data and conclusions presented. You 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

  • Understand and demonstrate the key skills required for study at university including the nature and qualities of critical reading and writing.
  • Evaluate criminological research on the basis of a detailed and critical reading of published work.
  • Structure and deliver a short spoken critique of one element of published work
  • Produce written work that critiques the content and conclusions drawn from data presented in an empirical study.