SC5000 - Crime in Context (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Crime in Context|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2020/21||
This module builds on level 4 introductory modules by focusing on specific categories of crime and behaviours, which have emerged as sources of concern. It gives attention to the emergence of concern about imagined dangerous groups, and moves on to more recent social anxieties. This includes the crimes associated with the socially and economically marginalized, and those associated with the economically and socially powerful.
The central themes revolve around why some behaviours and some groups of people are ‘constructed’ as the focus of concern and special treatment. Equally, it considers why some crimes, such as corporate crime, or state crime, usually receive less attention. This exploration encourages reflection on how and why certain behaviours are defined and constructed as ‘crime’, and ‘social problems’.
Prior learning requirements
SC4000. Intro to Criminological theory
The module starts with an exploration of pre modern crimes and the emergence of ‘the criminal’ as a source of social concern. LO1
It moves on to explore crimes typically associated with the economically and socially marginalized. For example, drug use, urban disorder, prostitution and gang related crimes. LO2,LO3
The module then explores crimes and behaviours associated with individuals and groups who wield more socio-economic power. These include organised criminal behaviour such as trafficking and other organised criminal behaviour, and the behaviours within corporations and state institutions. Within this, students are required to consider harmful practices that are not prohibited by criminal law LO4
Students complete a 3000 word piece of course work and a 2.5 hour seen exam where they are required LO5
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
A variety of teaching and learning methods are employed to facilitate the development of subject-specific and transferable skills.
This will primarily involve workshops which explore the core material, study skills sessions reading groups.
To facilitate the learning process students are provided with a regularly updated Blackboard page upon which study resources are located including relevant publications and hyperlinks to relevant web-based resources. Guest speakers also make contributions, giving students the opportunity to hear from academics and practitioners about their research in specific areas.
In addition to formal lectures and seminars contact time is used as an opportunity to develop reflective learning through engaging students in a range of exploratory and research-based activities; students evaluate their own practice in relation to their personal development in seminars and workshop contexts.
Students are expected to spend approximately 7 hours per week in independent study and writing.
Learning and teaching
1. Specify the ways in which concerns about crime and deviance change between times and places
2. Demonstrate an awareness of a range of behaviours which have been identified as ‘criminal’ and associated academic responses.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of different perspectives on specific categories of crime
4. Think critically about the definitions of crime and criminal behaviour
5. Organise material systematically and reflect critically upon it with reference contemporary research
There are two items of assessment:
1) Essay of 3000 words
2) 2500 word essay from a choice of questions aligned to the original exam questions
Because of the range of topics covered, and the breadth of the module, there is not a core text book. Students will be provided with weekly reading depending on the topic. The following provide relevant overall material:
Carrabine E, Cox P, Lee M , Plummer K and South N: Criminology : A Sociological Introduction: 2nd Edition: 2009 Routledge
Croall H (2011) Crime and Society in Britain: 2nd Edition. Essex. Pearson
Good, E and Ben-Yehuda, N (2009) Moral Panics: the Social Construction of Deviance: 2nd edition. Oxford. Blackwell.
Leibling, A, Maruna, S and McCara, L ( 2017) ‘The Oxford Handbook of Criminology Oxford, Oxford University Press
Newburn, T (2017) Criminology: third edition. Cullompton: Willan
Crime and Delinquency
The British Journal of Criminology
Violence against women
Drugs and Crime