SS7078 - Crime Control and Community Safety (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Crime Control and Community Safety|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2017/18||
The module seeks to critically assess recent and current policies and practices associated with crime control and community safety. Whilst there is a particular focus on England and Wales, the module also considers the international context, and some of the approaches utilised in other countries (such as the USA, Canada, and Australia).
Prior learning requirements
Students with experience of a particular area of the criminal justice system, and concomitant attempts to enhance crime control and community safety, will be able to formalise and consolidate their knowledge of agencies and policy, and to place their work within a broader framework. The module will enable such students to critically integrate and evaluate their existing knowledge and skills.
All students will develop their skills of critical reflection and analysis, and apply such skills to a fuller appreciation of contemporary crime control and community safety. Students will enhance their knowledge of crime control and community safety through relevant scholarly activity, and through reference to the appropriate academic literature and policy documentation. The module aims to provide an advanced knowledge of 'best practice' as it pertains to crime control and community safety, with an emphasis on practical application: as such, it is hoped that the module will appeal to students already engaged in crime prevention and community safety work, or to those who seek employment in this area.
Week 1: Introduction to the module and personal development planning (PDP)
Week 2: Theorising Crime Prevention
Week 3: Governing through Crime
Week 4: Crime Control in Middle England
Week 5: The Security State
Week 6: The police role in crime control and community safety (1)
Week 7:Community and families
Week 8: The police role in crime control and community safety (2)
Week 9: Repeat victimization
Week 10: Hate Crime
Week 11: Examination of Civil Unrest
Week 12 : Overview and Revision
Learning and teaching
Each week, this module will be delivered through a one-hour lecture, and a one hour seminar or workshop. The reading and workshops will be support by weblearn and students will be encouraged to engage in debate, presentations and web materials as well as attending lectures and seminars.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate developments and dominant paradigms in contemporary crime control and community safety
2. Assess reform in the criminal justice system as it pertains to crime control and community safety
3. Use reflection and analysis to understand and develop further their own area of expertise within the field of crime control and community safety (as applicable)
4. Utilise relevant research findings in the analysis of the efficacy of policy and practice aimed at crime control and community safety
5. Be conversant with pertinent conceptual frameworks 6. Have an advanced awareness of 'best practice' in relation to crime control and community safety.
Assessment consists of 3-hour seen examination (100% of marks). The assessment is predicated upon thorough academic analysis, and appropriate student reading and research.
Crawford, A. (2006). 'Networked governance and the post-regulatory state? Steering, rowing and anchoring the provision of policing and security. Theoretical Criminology, 10(4), 449-479
Crawford A (2007), ‘Crime prevention and community safety’, in Maguire M, Morgan R, and Reiner R, (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, Oxford University Press (fourth edition)
Fitzgibbon, W. (2011) Probation and Social Work on Trial:Violent Offenders and Child Abusers Basingstoke: Palgrave
Fitzgibbon, W. and Lea, J..(2010) ‘Police, probation and the bifurcation of community’. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 49(3), 215-230
Fitzgibbon, D. W. (2007) ‘Institutional Racism, Pre-emptive Criminalisation and Risk Analysis’. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 46(2), 128-144.
Garland, D. (2001) ‘The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Late Modernity’, Oxford University Press
Goldson, J. (2002) 'New punitiveness: The politics of child incarceration', in J. Muncie, G. Hughes and E. McLaughlin, eds., Youth Justice: Critical Readings, London: Sage Publications
Hughes G. (2006), ‘Standing at the crossroads: Community Safety Partnerships’, Criminal Justice Matters, No. 63 (Spring)
Stenson, K. (2001), 'The new politics of crime control', in Stenson, K. and Sullivan, R. (eds) Crime, Risk and Justice: The Politics of Crime Control in Liberal Democracies, Cullompton: Willan Publishing
Tilley, N. (2005) (ed) Handbook of crime prevention and community safety’, Cullompton: Willan publishing
Waters I (2007) ‘The Policing of Young Offenders’, The British Journal of Criminology, Volume 47, Number 4
Waters I (2007) ‘Policing, Modernity and Postmodernity’, Policing and Society, Volume 17, Number 3