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CRIM6003 Criminal Behaviour

Module Overview

This module presents a critical, interdisciplinary analysis of crime and criminality, requiring students to research beyond official understandings of 'criminal behaviour'. The module considers the behavioural, situational and cultural aspects of criminality, looking at the causes, classification and realities of particular forms of crime. Students will be required to examine established and emergent theories regarding criminal behaviour within the context of rapid socio-cultural and technological changes.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Critically examine the key theoretical developments regarding criminal behaviour within contemporary criminology. Evaluate, through the use of case studies, the strengths and weaknesses of key theories, their applications and implications, including the relationship between theory, evidence and methods of examining criminal behaviour. Explore the relationship between new developments in the social sciences and contemporary thinking about crime, deviance and social control. Identify new and emergent crime issues regarding criminal behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically examine the key theoretical developments regarding criminal behaviour within contemporary criminology.
  • Evaluate, through the use of case studies, the strengths and weaknesses of key theories, their applications and implications, including the relationship between theory, evidence and methods of examining criminal behaviour.
  • Explore the relationship between new developments in the social sciences and contemporary thinking about crime, deviance and social control.
  • Identify new and emergent crime issues regarding criminal behaviour.
  • Develop criminological theorising to specific forms of crime and criminality and criminal behaviour.

Syllabus

1. Introduction - Module Outline 2. Theory - Rational Choice 3. Theory - Left Realism 4. Theory - Feminist/Victimological 5. Theory - Planned Behaviour 6. Application - Cyber Crime 7. Application - Hate crime/Prejudiced motivated crime 8. Application - Sexual assault 9. Application - White collar crime 10. Case study assistance

Special Features

Students enrolled in this module will automatically become members of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research. The Institute provides strong networking opportunities. Students are encouraged to become involved in Institute activities such as seminars and workshops.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will be expected to undertake research in order to prepare fully for each workshop. Knowledge development will occur through analysis of key perspectives and discussion of specific case studies. Students will received advice and support on the planning of the assessment and provide detailed feedback on assessment. A two hour block will be used for delivery of material; this will take the form of a participatoryseminar/workshop.

TypeHours
Tutorial20
Independent Study180
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Required weekly readings will be included in the module handbook.. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Case file  (4000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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