Criminological Classics (L3122)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module is based on four classic criminological research monographs and aims to provide you not only with an in-depth appreciation and understanding of these studies and their wider context, but also the skills necessary to critically analyse primary texts.

The monographs selected have been particularly influential within the discipline and would be widely recognised by criminologists as key studies. The books studied will be The Jack Roller (Shaw, 1930), Society of Captives (Sykes, 1958), Hooligan: A History of Respectable Fears (Pearson, 1983) and Criminal Women (Carlen, 1985) (although it should be noted that the specific texts may change in different years).

You will read these monographs in their entirety, and lectures and seminars will explore the historical and intellectual context of the texts' inception.


52%: Lecture
48%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Group presentation)
50%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

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.


This module is offered on the following courses: