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BASS Philosophy and Criminology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Crime and Society

Unit code CRIM10001
Credit rating 20
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
10.Mock exam

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

Intellectual skills

Accurately summarise and evaluate complex material;
Develop arguments in a logical and coherent way.

Practical skills

Research, collate and evaluate relevant materials.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Work effectively in a team;
Prepare and deliver effective presentations.

Assessment methods

100% Open Book Written Examination  (2 hours 30 mins)


Feedback methods

Formative feedback is provided on the mock exam, as well as during seminars.

Outlines of Issues will be provided after the exam.

Recommended reading

Maguire, M, Morgan, R and Reiner R (Eds) (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. (5th edition) OUP

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2.3
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Rosemary Broad Unit coordinator

Additional notes

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

Pre-requisites: None.

Please see Law School timetable

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