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CRIM2001 Perspectives in Criminology

Module Overview

This module focuses upon the contemporary development of criminology as a discipline and the range of perspectives and theories that form part of it. These include traditional and more radical sociological and criminological theories. One of the pre-requisites for CRIM3006

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The unit will develop a critical awareness of a range of fundamental theoretical perspectives in criminology and their historical development, and critically explore how different theoretical approaches apply to specific crime problems. In addition, it will develop a critical knowledge of current debates and issues in contemporary criminology.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the main theoretical perspectives in criminology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to explore the application of the above theories including their policy implications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to argue, reason and analyse theoretically in the context of criminology.
  • Explain and evaluate the main theoretical perspectives in criminology.
  • Transferable skills: communication skills; problem solving; organisation skills; critical and comparative analysis.


Block 1: Theory and politics in criminology Block 2: Postmodernism in criminology Block 3: Contemporary issues in criminology Seminars: 1. The role of theory and politics in criminology 2. Left and Right Realism 3. The culture of control and its antidotes 4. Deconstructing the mainstream criminological discourse 5. Criminology in 2018:old wine, new bottles?

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study130
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Tim Newburn (2017). Criminology. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1000 words) 40%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


It is highly recommended that you buy the mandatory textbook (an older edition is ok). For this module, there will be also further readings (normally available via the University library).

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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