module specification

SC4003 - Researching Crime and Deviance (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Researching Crime and Deviance
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40% 40 Workbook
Coursework 60% 40 Coursework
Running in 2024/25

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Module summary

The module aims to:
1. Introduce and familiarise students with a wide range of criminological research
2. Introduce students to various research methods and approaches used in criminological   investigation
3. Introduce students to a range of issues that need to be taken into account when undertaking criminological research.
4. Familiarise students with the processes involved in conducting criminological research and the structure and format of research reports adopted by academics
5. Build and develop core academic skills and competences, including searching for sources, referencing, and reading and writing academically.
6. Prepare students for levels 5 and 6


The syllabus will introduce students to the fascinating range of criminological research – both within the UK and internationally.   Both qualitative and quantitative approaches to criminological work on crime and deviance will be introduced and explored and the work of key criminological practitioners examined. The module is divided into two parts; a general introduction to criminological research with an emphasis on reading and discussion, while in the second semester the students will have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions to speakers (academics and practitioners) about their own research. Indicative topics include research on prison violence, racism,  domestic violence, organised crime, domestic abuse, and drugs use (LO1 & LO2)
The module has the dual function of developing students’ academic literacies and uses an embedded approach to introduce and build these key skills.  (LO3, LO4 & LO5)
Teaching will be heavily student centered and will employ a ‘guided discovery’ approach to learning that puts a strong emphasis on reading and discussion.  (LO6)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching is delivered primarily through workshops. The sessions will facilitate learning of core research methods material and provide a framework for further reading and independent study. 
Students are expected to spend approximately 6 hours per week in independent study and writing.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Understand the different research methods used in criminological research
2. Describe the strengths and weakness of particular research approaches
3. Explain the key issues that researchers need to take into consideration when undertaking         criminological research
4. Explain the process of criminological research and be familiar with the structures of research reports.
5. Summarise and review criminological investigations.
6. Show they have developed their academic skills and competencies and are thoroughly prepared for progression to levels 5 and 6