Critical Reading and Writing for Criminologists (L3121)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

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.


100%: Seminar


30%: Practical (Professional log)
70%: Written assessment (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.