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CRIM2002 Crime and Criminal Justice: Historical Perspective

Module Overview

The module is concerned with the interrelationships between society, crime and social change. A central theme running throughout CRIM2002 is that we can only make sense of crime (and responses to it) today if we have an understanding of the past. Nevertheless, ‘history’, as we shall see, is contested terrain in which competing interpretations abound, especially in the study of crime and criminal justice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To encourage informed and critical thinking about the relationship between crime, social change and social control. • To examine, in context of the above, a range of historical, empirical and comparative studies in criminology with a focus on historical trends and statistical interpretations. • To critically explore the relationship between theoretical perspectives and applied research in criminology. • To develop a critical knowledge of the social context of crime, crime rates, and subsequent responses. • To develop a critical knowledge of the historical development of key parts of the criminal justice system. • To develop a critical knowledge of historical and comparative studies in criminology

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Knowledge and understanding: demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of social change and its impact upon crime and its control.
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills: reading skills.
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills: locating and using a range of sources in the development of assessed work and in preparation for seminars.
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills: link current issues with processes of social change and inter alia recognise the value of history.
  • Knowledge and understanding: demonstrate a critical knowledge of the historical development of key areas of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge and understanding: demonstrate a critical knowledge of historical and empirical studies in criminology.
  • Transferrable and generic skills: challenge ‘common sense’ arguments.
  • Transferrable and generic skills: further enhance your critical thinking.
  • Transferrable and generic skills: experience working with a range of empirical, theoretical and policy documents.
  • Transferrable and generic skills: recognise the importance of the voices of ordinary people.
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills: extend critical skills to include historical analysis and debates.
  • Subject specific intellectual and research skills: enhanced communication skills.

Syllabus

Modern criminology attaches importance to the social context of crime and especially the influence of the wider society. This module takes this as its core theme and examines changes in crime and its control in socio-historical contexts including the processes of industrialization and urbanization and the impact that these had on definitions of crime, explanations of crime and approaches to its control.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Pearson, G. (1983). Hooligan: A History of Respectable Fears. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Book review  (2000 words) 60%
In-seminar assessments 40%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Linked modules

Co-requisites

To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

CodeModule
CRIM2001Perspectives in Criminology
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