Criminology is a 20-credit option taught using a mixture of lectures and seminar classes. There will be 25 lectures, mostly in the autumn term, followed by 5 seminar classes in the spring term, and lectures and seminar classes will follow the same structure. Lectures will provide an overview and explanation of an area to facilitate individual learning; seminar classes will consist of discussion of questions and issues raised in advance. Active participation in seminar classes is essential. This module aims to provide students with an overview of theories and explanations of crime, the nature of crime and offenders, and social and legal responses to crime, in order to encourage a critical appreciation of these important issues.
The lectures and seminar classes will be delivered by:
Paul Almond (Module Convenor)
There are five sections to the course, each of which will incorporate a number of lectures and a corresponding seminar class (in the second term). These five sections are as follows:
Section One (Lectures 1-6): What is Crime?
Orientations, statistics, victims, politics and the media.
Section Two (Lectures 7-11): Theories of Crime
Environmental, sociological, political and social theories.
Section Three (Lectures 12-15): Explanations of Offending
Linked to biology, psychology, life course, addiction.
Section Four (Lectures 16-20): Offending Populations
Gender, race, age, occupation, and crime.
Section Five (Lectures 21-25): Responses to Crime
Policing, prisons, and alternative approaches to crime control.
Textbooks and Materials
Three main criminology texts are recommended as starting points for your studies:
Williams, K. (2012) ‘Textbook on Criminology’ (7th Ed.) Oxford: University Press Newburn, T. (2007) ‘Criminology’ Cullompton: Willan
Each of these books provide a sound introduction and plenty of information regarding much of the content of the course, however, only Newburn covers everything on the course. As the course progresses, you will find it increasingly necessary to broaden your readings in order to cover the topics and issues discussed, and it will be necessary for you to find and read more specialised materials. The University’s criminology holdings are relatively well-stocked with books and journals, however, these are not always located in the Law Library (they may be with texts on sociology, for example). Some important additional books and sources you should look to use during the course are listed below (all of which are available in the main library):
Additional Reading (all in the library)
Maguire, M, Morgan, R. and Reiner, R. (eds.) (2012) ‘The Oxford Handbook of Criminology’ (5th Ed.) Oxford: University Press
Hale, Hayward, Wahidin and Wincup (2005) ‘Criminology’ Oxford: University Press Downes, D. and Rock, P. (2007) ‘Understanding Deviance: A Guide to the Sociology of Crime and
Rule Breaking’ (5th Ed.) Oxford: University Press
Jones, S. (2006) ‘Criminology’ (3rd Ed.) Oxford: University Press Bernard, T., Snipes, J., and A. Gerould (2010) ‘Vold’s Theoretical Criminology’ (6th Ed.) Oxford: University Press
Key Journals (all available via the Library)
British Journal of Criminology
The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
The course will be assessed via a combination of coursework and examination. There will be one assessed essay of ten pages, which must be formatted in accordance with the rules laid out in the School Guide (Course Assessment). This coursework will be set at the start of the spring term and will account for 50% of the overall mark. Be aware that the essay title will be distributed before the Christmas break.
The remainder of the overall mark (50%) will be taken up by an unseen examination of 2 hrs duration, to be sat in...
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