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BASS Social Anthropology and Sociology / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Explaining Crime and Deviance
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course explores the many ways in which academic criminologists - and their colleagues in the social and psychological sciences - have tried to explain the non-random distribution of crime in society.
Indicative content: (1) What is theory for?; (2) Urbanisation; (3) Strain, control and the reasoning criminal; (4) Labelling and reintegration; (5) Ideology, social control and state crime; (6) Left realism and cultural criminology; (7) Feminism, gender and the masculinities turn; (8) Lifecourse, desistance and the psychosocial; (9) Globalisation and border criminology; (10) Public criminology and the good society.
The unit aims to (1) introduce students to different theoretical approaches to explaining crime and deviance; (2) promote critical engagement with that theory; (3) locate crime and deviance within a wider social, legal and policy context.
On completion of this unit successful students will be able to: (1) differentiate between key theoretical perspectives to crime and grasp their (often common) origins; (2) understand the relationships between these theoretical perspectives, the ways in which crime is constructed politically in popular culture, and the policy ‘solutions’ that tend to follow from them; (3) Critically evaluate the level of fit between theoretical concepts and data about crime and deviance; (4) outline the strengths and limitations of key criminological theories.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and learning across course units consists of: (1) preparatory work to be completed prior to teaching sessions, including readings, pre-recorded subject material and online activities; (2) a weekly whole-class lecture or workshop; (3) a tutorial; and (4) one-to-one support via subject specific office hours.
- (i) analyse, critique and(re-)formulate a problem or issue; (ii) plan, structure and present arguments in a variety of written formats, to a strict word limit, iii) express ideas verbally and work effectively in small teams for a variety of written and oral tasks; (iv) obtain, manipulate and (re-)present different forms of data; (iv) reflect on and improve performance through feedback. (v) understand the difference between writing for policymakers and academic audiences.
This unit is summatively assessed by a 1000-word policy briefing (worth 20% of the mark) and 2000-word essay (worth 80%).
Formative feedback (both individual and collective) will be given on (1) on tasks and contribution in class, (2) essay plans.
Lilly, J., Cullen, F. and Ball, R. (2019) Criminological Theory: Context & Consequences.(7th edition), London: Sage.
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|David Gadd||Unit coordinator|
Across their course units each semester, full-time students are expected to devote a ‘working week’ of around 30-35 hours to study. Accordingly each course unit demands around 10-11 hours of study per week consisting of (i) 3 timetabled teacher-led hours, (ii) 7-8 independent study hours devoted to preparation, required and further reading, and note taking.
Restricted to: LLB (Law with Criminology) if not choosing LAWS20692 or LAWS20452. BA Crim. Students within Humanities.
This course is available to incoming study abroad students university wide.
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