module specification

SC4060 - Researching Crime and Deviance (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Researching Crime and Deviance
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
105 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   2000 words (4 x answers of 500 words each)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Morning
Summer studies North Tuesday Afternoon
Spring semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

The module will further introduce you to the fascinating range of criminological research that has taken place – both within the UK and internationally. You will have the opportunity to learn about and engage directly with criminologists about their research. In doing this, you will develop a greater critical awareness of the different approaches that criminologists use when conducting research and the problems and issues that may arise.

The module aims to:

1. Consolidate your’ understanding of criminological research.
2. Develop an understanding of the scope of criminological research.
3. Develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to research.
4. Familiarise you with the challenges criminological researchers may face.
5. Consolidate your academic literacy.

Prior learning requirements

Available to study abroad? YES


You will have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions to a range of speakers (academics and practitioners) about their own research, allowing you to consolidate your knowledge and develop an understanding of how criminological research works in practice. This module will use a combination of both workshop style and lecture-based teaching. Topics to be covered will vary, but may include prison violence, racism in the education system, police responses to DV, people trafficking and organised crime. (LO1-5).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will use a range of learning, teaching and delivery methods, including talks/lectures, small group and whole group discussion, blended learning and online sessions.

You are expected to attend and engage in all sessions. In addition, you are expected to undertake 6-7 hours independent reading/study per week to develop your knowledge and critical thinking skills.

The sessions, particularly the assignment workshops, offer the opportunity for reflective learning and time will be allocated for individual and/or group feedback as part of your assessment preparation.

Resources will be provided via Weblearn and/or email and you are encouraged to engage in online discussion forums with your peers.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

1. Summarise and review a range of criminological investigations.
2. Understand the processes involved in carrying out criminological research.
3. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods.
4. Reflect on the challenges the criminological researchers may face.
5. Demonstrate you are ready for progression to level 5 and beyond.

Assessment strategy

Coursework to assess your understanding of the lectures/talks presented during the semester.


Due to the nature of the module readings and texts will depend on the content of the talks/lectures, which will change yearly.

Key Readings: