module specification

SS7086 - Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Total study hours 200
160 hours Guided independent study
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Essay
Coursework 50%   Essay
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

The module aims to introduce students to emerging paradigms within safety and security at both local and global levels, and to explore some justifications for the increasing ‘securitisation’ of social life.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

• The module aims to introduce students to emerging paradigms within safety and security at both local and global levels, and to explore some justifications for the increasing ‘securitisation’ of social life. 

• Students will explore a variety of social settings where concepts of safety or security are applied. By a process of critical reflection and analysis they will be encouraged to test the success and validity of security provision within these settings and to consider the effects of securitisation processes upon contemporary criminal justice systems and other regulatory environments.

• Key theories and policies related to safety and security will examined and tested and their, ethical and legal implications outlined. Lectures will be supplemented by the provision of guest speakers with experience in security and safety provision in  a variety of sectors.

• Students will develop their understanding of contemporary trends in security and emerging security threats, through relevant scholarly activity, and through reference to the appropriate academic literature and policy documentation


1 Introduction to key concepts in security
2 Survey of current policies & legislation related to security
3 Key issues (1) Organised crime
4. Key issues (2) New terrorism
5. Key Issues (3) Cyber crime
6 Responding to crime safety and security threats via technology
7 Responding to crime safety and security threats via the community
8 Community policing
9 Securitisation as crime control
10 Conclusions: Safety, Security and the new Criminology

Learning and teaching

Teaching sessions consist of a series of lectures and seminar group sessions which will take place online,  in which students are encouraged to explore the Contemporary Issues in Crime, Safety and Security. Students draw upon case studies . Module materials will be made available online.

For the distance learning mode, this module will be delivered through the use of distance learning strategies as follows:
E-learning: delivered using computers utilising internet technology and programming which allows the student to interact with the learning materials via chat rooms, online office hours and notice boards..
Written materials: Students will be provided with written materials such as articles in electronic format (e.g. pdf files).
Students will be required to complete a weekly Workbook involving key questions, exercises and tasks relating to the week’s lecture.

Students are expected to undertake 10 hours of independent study per week.  Students will be encouraged to think critically and formative feedback will provided from the first assessment prior to attempting the second assessment.

Learning outcomes

• Critically evaluate developments and dominant paradigms in security and safety provision
• Assess changes in the structure and functioning of security and safety as an aspect of the criminal justice system
• Use reflection and analysis to understand and develop their own area of expertise within the fields of security and safety
• Utilise relevant research findings in the analysis of security
• Be conversant with key  theoretical and conceptual frameworks as they apply to security and the criminal justice system
• Be conversant with some of key emerging issues in crime safety and security

Assessment strategy

Students to write two essays of 3,000 words each.

Essay 1  will explore  contemporary issue within crime ,safety and security of their choice.

Essay 2 will critically examine the strategies used to combat a particular problem within crime safety or security or will apply a theoretical perspective to characterise  a current regulatory approach  to crime safety and security.


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