Module code: SOC2061

Module Overview

This module explores the theory and practice of community safety and crime prevention, areas of contemporary criminological and policy interest. We look at theories which have shaped how crime prevention policy and practice is made. Specifically topics covered include situational crime prevention, the geography of crime, crime mapping and GIS, rime, the environment and design, youth crime diversion and prevention, CCTV, violence, sexual offending and child abuse, victims and repeat victimization, antisocial behaviour, drugs and alcohol, evaluation, evidence and the assessment of impact.

Module provider


Module Leader

BULLOCK Karen (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: L311

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

·         Concepts of community and crime prevention

·         Situational crime prevention

·         Crime, the environment and design

·         The geography of crime, crime mapping and GIS

·         CCTV

·         Youth crime diversion and prevention

·         Evidence and knowledge-based crime prevention

·         Victims and repeat victimisation

·         Evaluation and the assessment of impact

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1,500 WORD ESSAY 40
Examination EXAM 60

Alternative Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through critical engagement with a wide range of scholarly material.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • One essay and one exam

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Feedback in class

  • Written feedback on essay one will shape preparation for the exam

Module aims

  • Models of community safety and crime prevention
  • The techniques developed to prevent crime
  • The impact of crime prevention policy and practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand theoretical perspectives and policy debates in policing and crime prevention in contemporary societies KC
2 Consider the impact of various crime prevention interventions on crime problems KC
3 Critically assess evaluations of crime prevention initiatives KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Assist students in learning about the modules of community safety practice, the techniques used to prevent crime, the impact of crime prevention policy and practice

The learning and teaching methods include:

  •  lectures/seminars/class discussion/independent reading and preparation of essays

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required 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 2019/0 academic year.