Criminology in Theory and Perspective (L4101)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)

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.