Crime and Society (20 credits) The module is divided into four distinct sections:
A critical examination of what crime is and who are conventionally viewed as criminals.
A critical exploration of criminological concerns that challenge the notions of conventional constructions of crime, victimisation and crime problems, raising issues of harms throughout society that may not be routinely recognised as crimes. Examples that may be used include state crime, genocide, security, cybercrime, the family as a site of harm, ‘honour’ crimes and trafficking of vulnerable persons.
A critical and sensitive examination of patterns of social division within crime, criminality and victimisation, which address issues such as: class, ‘race’ and ethnicity; gender, ability, religion, sexuality and age. Emphasising the social, structural and cultural aspects of patterns of crime, victimisation and criminality.
Encouraging students to start reflecting on how developing knowledge, key transferable skills and attributes apply to future learning, employability, career planning and progression in the academic and employment arena. The module also integrates study skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) on assignment preparation, reading/ writing and referencing skills, revision guidance for examination preparation and generic assignment feedback.
Introduction to Criminal Process and Procedure (20 credits) The module introduces students to the nature, aims, values and principles that underpin criminal justice in England and Wales. Particular focus is on the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE 1984). Indicative content includes Police discretion, stop and search, police decisions, the CPS, trial processes and supporting victims and witnesses.
Substance Misuse and Crime (20 credits) The module will highlight the physical and psychological effects of legal and illegal drugs including exploring trends in substance misuse, drug classifications and categories. The module will further explore links between drugs and crime including the relationship between substance misuse and prostitution as strategies used by prisons and law enforcement agencies to control substance misuse, cultivation and supply.
Key Thinkers in Criminology (20 credits) The indicative content of this module is divided into four overlapping sections:
The birth of criminology, the sociological turn, the seeds of discontent and the transformers of dominate thinking
Crime and Morality (20 credits) This module is designed to introduce students to the wider historical and theoretical context in which enquiry about crime is located. The module examines a number of political, moral and legal concepts such as obligation to obey the law, disobedience, criminalisation, policing, human rights and justifications of punishment.