SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1L323011
Module Leader Katy Proctor
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

This is a first year introductory module so does do not require specific pre-requisite knowledge.

Summary of Content

This module provides a general introduction to criminology, criminal justice and policing by focusing on key issues and institutions involved in understanding and responding to crime. It provides an opportunity for students to develop a critical approach to understanding how society defines and responds to crime by considering how crime is socially constructed; socially controlled; represented in the media; measured; policed; punished, and prevented. It also introduces the study of law and its relevance to criminology and related topics, such as policing. In doing so it aligns with the PRME principles by developing student capabilities to work in an inclusive and sustainable global economy; raising awareness of social responsibility in an effective learning environment and fostering an ability to engage in critical dialogue.


Substantive topics to be covered include: b7 Defining Crime b7 Measuring Crimeb7 Crime and the Mediab7 Understanding Criminal Justiceb7 Policing and the Policeb7 Punishment and Social Controlb7 Crime Prevention and Community Safety b7 Introduction to Scots Law b7 The Scottish Court System b7 Sources of Law b7 Types of Crime

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1 Demonstrate a critical awareness of how crime and criminal justice are socially-constructed2 Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the different ways of measuring crime3 Critically assess media representations of crime4 Assess the role of the criminal justice system in the enactment of justice5 Review the role of the police and other agencies in preventing, reducing and controlling crime6 Understand the problems associated with punishment and social control in contemporary society 7 Recognise the importance of key legislation relating to policing and human rights8 Appreciate the fundamental principles, theories and concepts of the Scottish criminal justice system and law.9 Understand the nature of different types of crime and the issues associated with them with respect to policing and the criminal justice system.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered by a combination of lectures and seminars. There will normally be two one-hour lectures per week focusing on key issues involved in the study of criminology and criminal justice. Seminars will be one hour per week. The aim of the seminars is to encourage students to participate in discussions and exercises that allow them to explore the knowledge content of the lecture and develop key academic study skills on issues related to understanding criminology and criminal justice. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission. 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

-720 Croall, H., Mooney, G. and Munro, M. (2010) Criminal Justice in Scotland, Cullompton: Willan. Crowther, C. (2007) An Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice , London: Palgrave Macmillan. Davies, M., Croall, H. and Tryer, J. (2010) Criminal Justice (4th edition), Pearson: London. Donnelly, D. and Scot, K. (2010) Policing Scotland (2nd Edition), Cullompton: Willan. Hucklesby, A. and Wahidin, A. (2009) Criminal Justice , Oxford: OUP. Newburn, T. (2013) Criminology , Collompton: Willan. Newburn, T. (2009) Key Readings in Criminology , Cullompton: Willan

Transferrable Skills

The module also aims to encourage students to develop academic and transferable skills, including good verbal and written communication, research and information retrieval skills, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. The blog/seminar tasks, as well as focusing on particular substantive topics, also involve opportunities to develop such skills as critical reading, reviewing articles and books, accessing and analysing data, accessing and using media, and academic sources; and presenting information both verbally and in writing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
independent learning 122.00
Assessment 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures 24.00
Seminars 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Blog Post, 1,500 words
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Essay 1,200 words (+150 feedback reflection)