Criminology in Theory and Perspective (L3105)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

You’ll explore the main theories, perspectives and concepts of major traditions in sociological criminology.

We examine a range of criminological perspectives, from the mid-20th century to contemporary, cutting-edge theories. You’ll take a critical approach to these perspectives and situate them within their wider social and political contexts.

Topics covered include:

  • 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


100%: Coursework (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 2024/25. 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: