Law

Criminology

Module code: M5022
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

This module will examine the main approaches to criminological theory and practice from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary work. The aim is to assess the relevance of these approaches to current debates about youth crime, drug abuse, defensible space and CCTV, the representation of crime in the media, environmental crime, corporate crime and corruption, gangs, terrorism and related topics.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate critically the major schools of criminological thought.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the social, political, cultural and philosophical context of criminological thought.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the relationship between criminological thought and criminal justice policy.
  • Have undertaken independent study of a criminological issue.