module specification

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
160 hours Guided independent study
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Seen Examination 100%   Seen Examination 3 hours
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Evening

Module summary

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


Module aims

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.

Learning outcomes

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

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

Assessment strategy

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