Module code: SOCM019

Module provider


Module Leader

BRUNTON-SMITH IR Prof (Sociology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 130

Lecture Hours: 10

Seminar Hours: 10

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK ESSAY 1 50

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module focuses on the nature and extent of crime and offending.  It examines the different approaches to measuring crime and offending (police recorded crime, victim surveys, ‘known’ offending and self report studies).  It considers the main factors associated with crime and offending and highlights the importance of understanding the nature and patterns of crime in planning strategies and interventions.

Module aims

Introduce students to the extent and nature of crime and offending in England and Wales

Examine models of crime and offending

Consider relevant policy and legislation on crime and offending an, as appropriate, its effectiveness

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Have a systematic understanding of the extent and nature of crime and offending KCPT
Have a critical awareness of the conceptual and methodological issues in measuring crime and be able to apply this knowledge to new problems  KCPT
Comprehensively understand the main factors associated with crime and offending and be able to critically evaluate the extent of their contribution KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The module covers the following

1.      Introduction to the course, assessment requirements and the measurement of crime and offending

2.      The geographical distribution of crime

3.      Poverty, unemployment and crime

4.      Young people and crime

5.      Race, gender and crime

6.      Health, housing and education

7.      Drugs, alcohol and crime

8.      Victims and repeat victimisation

9.      Antisocial behaviour

10.     Crime Prevention

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to reflect the programme’s key learning and teaching aims by:

Engendering knowledge of key theoretical conceptualisations and understanding of crime and offending.
Promoting knowledge of the empirical basis for our understanding of the relationship between crime, offending and wider aspects of social life
Developing transferable skills that that relate to employability in the field of crime and justice and help prepare students for PhD study

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (2 hour per week)
Class exercises
Class discussions
Independent study

Each session focuses on one aspect of the relationship between crime and offending. Sessions aim to provide a broad introduction to a topic and interaction between lecturer and students is encouraged throughout. There will also be use of forms of media such as TV, film and radio, as appropriate. Each session has one piece of primary reading which all students are expected to read to get the most from the sessions. Wider reading is encouraged and essential for the assessments.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their in-depth knowledge of theoretical, empirical and policy issues related to crime and offending. Students select from a range that cover the whole module.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·       Two 2,000-word essays


Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive written feedback on both their summative assignments, with the feedback from the first being able to feed into the undertaking of the second. Students are encouraged to see the module leader about their work.

Reading list

Reading list for CRIME & OFFENDING :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Criminology and Social Research (Corporate Crime and Corporate Responsibility) MSc 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) MSc 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
Criminology and Social Research MSc 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.