Thinking Like a Criminologist (L3120)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This modules introduces you to the key skills involved in thinking like a criminologist. The module places a joint emphasis on gaining both a theoretical and practical understanding of criminology as a discipline. You will develop skills in interpreting crime statistics, critically assessing definitions of crime and engaging with media debates about crime and justice. These will be informed by introductory criminological theory to provide a foundation including positivism and classicism, Durkheim and the Chicago School.

Key topics will include:

  • what is crime?
  • who is a criminal?
  • how can we use crime statistics?
  • the history of crime
  • media representations of crime
  • the use of official reports and policy documents.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 20 hours of contact time and 130 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.