Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module is concerned with the social history of modern investigative techniques. It will examine the emergence of criminal justice bureaucracies and of detective work as a specialism within them. It will go on to take a critical, sociological look at the development, impact and limitations of a range of technologies - motor vehicles, ICT, psychological and DNA profiling and technologies of regulation and surveillance - in the context of the investigation of crime and criminal justice practice more generally.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/cri-10014/lists
To increase students appreciation of a criminological understanding of crime investigation.To increase students understanding and appreciation of modern investigative techniques.To enable students to understand and reflect upon how the emergence of criminal justice bureaucracies and detective work impacts upon crime investigation.To enable students to evaluate the impact and limitations of a range of crime investigation technologies.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Reognise and describe the contributions made by various parties in investigating a criminal event: 1,2Recognise and describe the contributions, compexities and limitations of a range of investigatory and evidence-gathering techniques: 1,2Recognise and illustrate the impact of processes of social change such as globalisation on crime investigation: 1,2Describe the development and current organisation, governance and operation of crime investigation: 1,2Recognise and identify the importance of comparative analysis in crime investigation: 1,2Identify different representations of crime investigations in the media and by agents of crime control: 1,2Recognise the social context in which investigative techniques and practices have emerged and operate: 1,2Describe the processes involved in gathering, evaluating and presenting evidence of a criminal event: 1,2
11 hours lectures10 hours seminars20 hours preparation for seminar tasks8 hours completion of online tasks101 hours personal study, preparatory reading and other work for lectures, seminars and assessment
1: Online Tasks weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Short answer online tasks.Students will complete a set of online tasks administered via the KLE, which will feature a range of problems, short answer questions and related activities that will require students to demonstrate breadth of engagement with the topics covered on the module as a whole. These tasks and activities are designed to ensure that student identify and reflect on the bodies of knowledge and theories they are being asked to engage with rather than simply 'looking up' and reproducing answers. In order to give the students sufficient time to engage fully with the nature of tasks and complete the assessment, students will be given 4 days to complete the tasks but the tasks will not take any more than 8 hours to do. The tasks will be released on the KLE and feature short activities/tasks that will take approximately four hours to complete in total, but students are encouraged to focus on completing the tasks fully and correctly rather than quickly, so students have the opportunity to pause the tasks to consult their lecture notes, readings and related module resources and to reflect on what is being asked of them in each activity. Students will attempt a set of tasks assembled randomly for each student from a bank of activities/tasks/questions, so that students each attempt a unique assessment to discourage collusion.
2: Essay weighted 60%
1250 word essayStudents choose from a set of provided essay titles which align with topics explored in detail in seminars