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)
  • Criminal Women (Carlen, 1985).

(It should be noted that the specific texts may change in different years.)

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


52%: Lecture
48%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 23 hours of contact time and about 127 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: