Critical Reading and Writing for Criminologists (L3121)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module is designed to give you a chance practice and reflect on approaches to reading and writing that will give you an excellent foundation for the rest of your criminology degree. You will read contemporary published criminological work and engage in critical discussion with your peers. You will focus in depth on one book in particular as well as a range of other texts, reflecting on writing styles, constructions of arguments, and evaluations of evidence. You will also encounter examples of critical thinking techniques.

For the written assessment for this module you will produce an essay based on the book. You will be given feedback on an outline of this review before making your final submission. In addition, you will be guided through a number of participatory tasks and activities which will contribute to the overall assessment for the module.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: