Crime and Punishment (M6022)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module will involve close examination of the punishment of crime and the means through which punishment is inflicted.

The module begins with an overview of key theoretical approaches to the philosophy of punishment before moving on to examine both non-custodial and custodial punishments with a special focus on imprisonment.

The module ends with a consideration of arguments around the abolition of prisons.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: