This module focuses on definitions and measurement of crime and deviance; it explores sociological theories and bio-psychological approaches of crime and deviance and it promotes critical thinking on the social construction of crime.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Explain and evaluate the main theoretical perspectives in criminology
- Challenge commonsense thinking and move beyond mere description to critical analysis; group working; communication; a recognition of the interconnectedness of phenomena.
- A critical knowledge of key contemporary debates in this area.
- Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the development of the field of criminology
- An understanding of how criminology has studied different forms of crime, the social dimensions of crime and the differing responses to crime.
- Critically assess the role of media in understanding our perceptions of crime
- A critical knowledge of the development of the field of criminology.
- Discuss criteria for 'measuring' crime
- Contrast competing definitions of crime
- An ability to explain and evaluate the main theoretical perspectives in criminology.
- Compare, contrast, analyse and critically evaluate criminological perspectives and their application to crime and criminal justice.
Section 1: What is crime and how do we know about it?
Section 2: What causes crime (I)? Sociological theories
Section 3: What causes crime (II)? Biological and psychological theories
Section 4: Recap and Revision
1. What do we really know about crime?
2. Sociological theories of crime and deviance
3. The social construction of crime
4. Bio-psychological approaches of crime and deviance
Learning and Teaching
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Tim Newburn (2017). Criminology. Routledge.
Summative assessment takes the form of a multiple-choice quiz. Formative assessment takes place in seminars and via Black Board pages and takes a variety of forms including the of use of ‘quiz’; questions linked to set text essential readings and small group work in seminars on specific issues. These are also incorporated into Black Board pages and some of the ‘power point’ presentations include short formative activity designed to take place in the lecture itself.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Short answer paper||100%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External