Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module is based on an extended case study of murder. Its aim is to look at 'murder most foul'- as as Shakespeare's Hamlet described it - from a range of perspectives in law, the humanities and the social sciences. We will consider why some forms of violent killing are treated as murder while others are not; how murder is currently defined in English law (and why); how criminologists and other social scientists have attempted to explain murder and understand those who commit it; how a murder case (and a murderer) is constructed and processed by the criminal justice system; and, finally, how murder is reported in the media. By putting all these perspectives together, we will attempt to gain a more complete understanding of murder, and violent crime more generally, and why they occupy such a prominent place in the politics and culture of the early 21st century. The module involves a range of activities including lecture and tutorial classes.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/cri-10011/lists
The module aims to introduce students to some of the ways in which criminology draws on related disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and law in defining, explaining and responding to one of the most serious forms of criminal behaviour, murder. In doing so it aims to foster interdisciplinary engagement with social problems and to enable students to develop a range of study and employability skills by working together with peers studying a wide range of different subjects in humanities and the social and natural sciences.
Intended Learning Outcomes
10 x 1 hour lecture classes9 x 1 hour tutorials131 hours private study including preparation for lecture and tutorial classes and work on assessments
1: Essay weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
2,000 word essay analysis of a case of homicideStudents will write a 2000-word essay, based on a case of homicide which shall be provided by the module leader. This assessment will encourage students to apply analytical approaches, concepts, theories and learning from lectures, reading and student led small group activities on the module.