CRI-40027 - Contemporary Criminology: Theory and Practice
Coordinator: Tony Kearon Room: CBB1.031 Tel: +44 1782 7 34382
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module block introduces students to criminological concepts, theories and perspectives, and to contemporary thinking in criminology and governance studies more broadly. This module block includes 12 1,5-hour sessions (taught in a three day block) that explicate theories or perspectives in criminology, and governance studies more broadly, by applying them to particular issues and problems pertaining to social disorder, crime, crime control and criminal justice.

To introduce students to current developments in criminological theory and research and in governance studies more broadly.
To introduce students to criminological and governance theories and perspectives by applying them practically to social problems and issues.
To show students how social problems and issues can be analyzed and interpreted from a variety of theoretical viewpoints

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the disciplines studying crime and the concepts, theories, perspectives in contemporary criminology and governance studies more broadly: 1
recognise the explicit and implicit use of concepts, theories and perspectives in academic, governmental or other texts in the wider criminological and governmental fields: 1
deal with complex issues and perspectives in contemporary criminology and governance studies both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.: 1
criticise constructively explanations of and justifications for crime and criminal justice interventions: 1
demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights which are at, or are informed by, the forefront of research in the fields of contemporary criminology and governance studies relating to criminal justice: 1

Study hours

18 contact hours (12 x 1,5 hours delivered in an intensive three day 'block')
52 hours of structured directed tasks (formative exercise, essay and coursework supervision)
70 hours of session preparation
80 hours essay preparation
80 hours independent study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
Summative assessment
This module is assessed by a 5,000 words case study essay. The module is concerned with the main theoretical approaches to be found in the study/discipline of Criminology and governance. The assessment is designed to facilitate student attainment in the intended learning outcomes. Students are encouraged to design their own essay question, which will be based on topics covered in the module, in discussion with the module leader and relevant staff whose expertise covers the topic being explored by the student.