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BA Criminology

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Understanding Violence

Unit code CRIM31222
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Social Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit aims to:

  1. Enhance students' understanding of criminological theory in context with particular forms of violence;
  2. Develop students' awareness of the links between approaches to research, theory construction and policy surrounding violence;
  3. Explore the complex relationships between power, inequality and violence, drawing upon examples such as ethnicity and gender;
  4. Examine knowledge and understanding of various forms of violence through critical discussion of empirical research and theory.


Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate theoretical explanations of violence;
  2. Demonstrate understanding of how theoretical and methodological approaches relate to 'knowledge' surrounding violence;
  3. Critically discuss contemporary responses to different forms of violence;
  4. Illustrate understanding of the complex relationships between power, inequality and violence;
  5. Present a critical analysis of empirical research and theory pertaining to particular forms of violence.

Teaching and learning methods

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.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Summative assessment:

Essay 3500 words


Formative assessments:

Students will receive individual feedback on:

  1. 2 page written essay plan

Recommended reading

Given the nature of this course the readings will be heavily drawn from journal articles and will make use of:
British Journal of Criminology
Theoretical Criminology
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Interpersonal Violence
Homicide Studies
The Journal of Family Violence

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 20
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Caroline Miles Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Available to students in SoSS.

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