SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2L423032
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

Summary of Content

After a brief recap of introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (ICCJ), the module begins by examining the origins of criminology in the anthropological criminology of the 19 th century. Next, the module explores key criminological theories before applying them to a range of substantive topics that will be discussed in depth. Substantive topics: social class/economic status; age; gender; race/ethnicity; white collar/corporate crime; organized crime; drugs and crime; victims and victimology. PRME Teaching encourages: b7 the development of the capacity of students to generate inclusive practices and to be aware of inclusive values in a multicultural society b7 awareness of causes and effects of social exclusion b7 awareness of effects of marginalization in relation to economic status, ethnicity, gender, and age


-360 Introduction and recap of ICCJ General criminological theories Social class/economic status and crime Age and crime Prison and Punishment Gender and crime Enhanced Research Skills

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, students should have a detailed, historical/sociological awareness of:- The critical function of criminology, from its emergence to the present dayConsequently, students should be able to:- Compare and contrast different theoretical approaches to the study of crime and criminal justice - Apply criminological concepts and theories to substantive issues and research fields- Appreciate the variety of perspectives from which issues of crime and social control can be examined

Teaching / Learning Strategy

There will be a central series of lectures supported by student-centred seminars and workshops, directed learning, and practical exercises. Students are encouraged to raise and discuss topics of current relevance. Lectures and seminars will be given on alternate weeks. Lectures, two per week, will be one hour in duration. GCULearn plays a vital part in the GSBS learning and teaching strategy as a blended learning tool. The School will ensure that all modules are not only GCULearn-enabled, but also at the cutting edge in developing online learning materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn, ensuring effective student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is normally provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

-108 Books and articles: Burke, R.H. (2005) An Introduction to Criminological Theory . Cullompton: Willan. Cote, S. (2002) Criminological Theories: Bridging the Past to the Future . Thousand Oaks: Sage. Croall, H. (2011) Crime and Society in Britain . London: Pearson. Gabbidon, S. (2010) Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime . New York: Routledge. Goodey, J. (2005) Victims and Victimology: Research, Policy and Practice . Harlow: Pearson. Hale, C., Hayward, K., Wahidin, A. and Wincup, E. eds (2009) Criminology . Oxford: Oxford University Press. Jewkes, Y. Media and Crime . (2011) London: Sage. Jewkes, Y. and Letherby, G. eds (2002) Criminology: A Reader . London: Sage. Jones, S. (2009) Criminology . Oxford: Oxford University Press. Muncie, J. (2009) Youth and Crime . London: Sage. Newburn, T. (2009) Criminology . Cullompton: Willan. Soothill, K., Peelo, M. and Taylor, C. (2002) Making Sense of Criminology . Cambridge: Polity. Walklate, S. (1999) Understanding Criminology: Current Theoretical Debates . Buckingham: Open University Press. Walklate, S. (2004) Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice . Cullompton: Willan. Online sources: Criminal Justice Scotland: <>

Transferrable Skills

-108 By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: b7 Critical interpretative skills. b7 Written and oral skills, developed by essay writing, Informal (non-assessed) presentations, and by individual and group tutorial discussions. b7 Enhanced research skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 22.00
Assessment (FT) 36.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Essay from a choice of questions on topics raised in lectures. 1500 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Two hour unseen examination.