Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Crime and Society
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Social Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course provides an introduction to the 'crime problem'. It covers a range of fundamental concepts, ideas and topics that form the building blocks of the study of crime (see section 5 below). By introducing them in semester 1 in year 1, the aim is to provide a solid foundation for later modules in the programme(s).
The unit aims to:
Introduce students to concepts of crime and criminality as understood in the social sciences
Teaching and learning methods
1. Defining and measuring crime
2. Approaches to understanding crime
3. Media representations of crime
4. Gender and crime
5. Race and crime
6. Age and crime
7. Crime, power and inequalities
8. The politics of crime
9. Course overview and exam preparation
Teaching in academic year 20/21 will reflect both University policy and local and national lockdown restrictions operating at the time of delivery. We will offer face-to-face teaching where possible and provide a like for like on-line experience for those unable to be on campus.
Our teaching models will be flexible and allow us to adapt to changing conditions, however, the common intention across units is to provide (1) media, activities and other learning material that should be engaged with before scheduled teaching; (2) a timetabled 2-hour online lecture/workshop slot used for a range of online Q&A and follow-up activities; (3) a timetabled weekly 1-hour seminar/activity slot that will be face-to-face if possible and ‘live’ online if not/preferred; (4) weekly opportunity for 1:1 support. In total, there will be the opportunity for up to 30 hours of contact time.
Knowledge and understanding
Understand and explain the foundational topics covered on the Unit
Accurately summarise and evaluate complex material;
Develop arguments in a logical and coherent way.
Research, collate and evaluate relevant materials.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Work effectively in a team;
Prepare and deliver effective presentations.
100% Open Book Written Examination (2 hours 30 mins)
Formative feedback is provided on the mock exam, as well as during seminars.
Outlines of Issues will be provided after the exam.
Maguire, M, Morgan, R and Reiner R (Eds) (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. (5th edition) OUP
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2.3|
|Independent study hours|
|Rosemary Broad||Unit coordinator|
Open book examination.
Restricted to: 1st yr LLB (Law with Criminology) and BA (Criminology) students for which this subject is compulsory. Open to BA (Econ) students on all pathways, BA Social Sciences (BASS) and other students may be accepted at the discretion of the Course Unit Director
Please see Law School timetable