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Sociology of Crime


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a 500-word workbook (30%) and 1000-word workbook (70%)

Module description

In this module we introduce you to sociological approaches to crime and criminal justice, from a historical and contemporary perspective. We consider:

  • the origins of criminology
  • the social context of crime
  • the sociology of policing, punishment and prisons.

We also provide an overview of a wide range of sociological theories and perspectives that seek to make sense of the 'why' and 'how' of crime.

This module provides you with a sociological foundation for studying crime and justice, in an analytical, theoretical and critical manner, and enables you to develop the skills to explain crime and punishment in modern societies.