module specification

SS7078 - Crime Control and Community Safety (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Crime Control and Community Safety
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 200
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
160 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   2500 word essay
Seen Examination 50%   90 minute seen examination
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

 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 LO1-4
Week 2: Crime prevention and community safety LO1-4
Week 3: Community and families
Week 4: The police role in crime control and community safety
Week 5: The probation role in crime control and community safety
Week 6: Repeat victimisation and Hate crime
Week 7: Preventing domestic violence
Week 8: Crime control and the night time economy
Week 9: Crime prevention and drugs
Week 10: Exploring the riots
Week 11: Overview
Week 12: Revision

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module will be delivered through a weekly lecture/seminar 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 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. Have an advanced awareness of 'best practice' in relation to crime control and community safety.

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed in 2 parts; a 2500 word essay (50% weighting) and a 90minute seen exam (50% weighting).  The assessments are predicated upon thorough academic analysis, and appropriate student reading and research.


 Core reading:

Garland, D. (2001) ‘The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Late Modernity’, Oxford University Press

Tilley, N. (2005) (ed) Handbook of crime prevention and community safety’, Cullompton: Willan publishing

Additional reading:

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.

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

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