SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2L424778
Module Leader Maureen Taylor
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

Summary of Content

The first two weeks of lectures will consist of a recap of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Level 1 module), and discussion of a range of theoretical approaches to crime and criminal behaviour. This will entail brief discussion of the emergence of criminology as a social science discipline Lectures in week three to seven will examine substantive issues - social class, age, gender, and ethnicity - and relevant research fields within criminology. At this point, key criminological concepts will be applied through practical examples to illustrate how criminal behaviours may be explained sociologically Lectures in week eight to eleven will explore the legal elements of 'crime', as defined in statute and common law, with particular reference to crimes against the person. This part of the module will also explore various legal defences that can be raised by the accused in criminal proceedings, the underlying rationale of these approaches, and the practical effect these have on the criminal law and on society Week twelve will focus on revision of the module and examination revision


? Introduction to the module and recap on 'Criminology and Criminal Justice' ? Theoretical approaches ? Understanding crime and criminal behaviour ? Socio-economic inequalities and crime ? Age and crime ? Gender and crime ? Race, ethnicity, and crime ? Sources of criminal law ? Legal requirements for a crime ? Crimes against the person ? Legal defences Review and revision

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to1 The critical function of criminology, from its emergence to the present day2 How the law defines and characterises criminal behaviour, and how this is proven in the context of a criminal trialConsequently, students should be able to:1 Compare and contrast different theoretical approaches to the study of crime and law 2 Apply criminological and legal concepts and theories to substantive issues and research fields3 Appreciate the variety of perspectives from which issues of crime, social control, and law can be examinedPRME1 Discussion of the impact of multiculturalism on society and on the social sciences will engender greater awareness of problems arising from intersections of diverse cultural/ethnic communities and the criminal justice system

Teaching / Learning Strategy

There will be a central series of lectures supported by student-centred seminars/tutorials, directed learning, and practical exercises. Students will be encouraged to raise and discuss, individually and in groups, topics of their choice that are relevant to the module.

Indicative Reading

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. 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. (2012) Criminology . London: Routledge 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. -108

Transferrable Skills

-360 * Critical interpretative skills. -360 * Written and oral skills, developed by essay writing, informal (non-assessed) presentations, and by individual and group tutorial discussions. * Enhanced research skills. -360 -108

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 146.00

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 01 n/a 50.00 35% Open book exam