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CRIM6003 Criminal Behaviour

Module Overview

This module presents a critical, interdisciplinary analysis of criminal behaviour, requiring students to think beyond official or mainstream understandings of “the problem of crime”. The module considers the behavioural, situational, and cultural aspects of criminal behaviour; looking at various causes, classifications, and realities of particular forms of crime. Students will be required to examine established and emergent theories regarding criminal behaviour within the 21st century context of rapid socio-cultural and technological changes.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Critically examine 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

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

Introduction to the Module & Theorising Criminal Behaviour Rational Choice Left Realism Criminological Perspectives on Cybercrime General Theory of Crime Theory of Planned Behaviour Situational Action Theory Cultural Criminology The Public Criminology debate Study Skills Session & Assignment Surgery

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

Weekly two-hour sessions that combine a formal lecture and a seminar/tutorial.

TypeHours
Tutorial20
Independent Study180
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Review paper  (1000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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