Module code: M3022
Level 6
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Unseen examination

The first part of the module considers the development of explanations for criminal offending, looking at the classical and positivist schools of criminology as well as sociological, psychological and behaviouralist approaches.

It concludes by examining the more radical alternatives offered by neo-Marxist and feminist criminologists, the so called 'Left Realists' and contemporary criminology.

The second part looks at the more practical dimensions of criminal justice, dealing with crime statistics and victim surveys; victims in the criminal justice system; punishment, rehabilitation and compensation; diversion of offenders; sentencing and penal policy; imprisonment and prison regimes; and non-custodial and community sentences.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between criminological thought and criminal justice policy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, cultural and philosophical context of criminological thought and criminal justice policy
  • Have undertaken independent study of a criminological or criminal justice issue.
  • Be able to evaluate critically the major schools of criminological thought and the development of criminal justice policy.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of theoretical criminology and criminal justice policy