EXPLAINING CRIME AND DEVIANCE - 2020/1
Module code: SOC1048
This module provides an exploration of some of the major theoretical perspectives that have been developed by both
criminologists and sociologists in relation to crime and deviance. It covers a number of theoretical developments from
‘classical’ criminological theory onwards, focusing in particular on innovations in the UK and USA since the 20th century
inter-war period. It situates these theories within specific contexts of society and criminal justice, exploring the interplay
between theory and practice. A second module in year 2 - SOC2033 Responses to Crime and Deviance - will cover more
critical and recent developments in criminological theory.
BERLUSCONI Giulia (Sociology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: L611
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- Classicism and the rise of modern criminology
- Biological, psychological, and sociological positivism
- Anomie and strain
- Community context and social disorganisation
- Control and learning theories
- Life-course perspectives
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||1-HOUR CLASS TEST||50|
|Coursework||1500 WORD ESSAY||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their in-depth knowledge of
The summative assessment for this module consists of a 1-hour class test and a 1500 word essay which test their
understanding of criminological theory and their capacity to critically reflect upon this when explaining criminality.
Informal formative assessment is conducted throughout the module during seminars where students have the opportunity
to engage in exercises and readings, and to receive feedback on how they are progressing.
- Introduce students to the historical development and main contribution of some major criminological and sociological
theories of crime and deviance.
- Provide an understanding of the relationship between criminological theory, and its impact on social policy and the criminal
- Analyse major contentions and arguments between different criminological traditions.
- Apply a range of criminological and sociological theories to illuminate contemporary social problems.
|001||Describe the historical development and main contribution of some of the major criminological and sociological theories of crime and deviance.||K|
|002||Identify the relationship between criminological theories, and social and criminal justice policies.||CKP|
|003||Critically discuss key contentions and arguments between these theories.||CK|
|004||Use a range of criminological and sociological theories to illuminate contemporary social problems.||CKPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 127
Lecture Hours: 12
Seminar Hours: 11
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to reflect the programme’s key learning and teaching aims by: developing students’ in-depth understanding of key criminological theories; indicating how such theories can explain crime and deviant behaviour; developing understandings of the relationship between theory and practice; developing key study skills that relate to employability.
The learning and teaching methods include lectures (1 hour per week), seminars (1 hour per week), class exercises and discussions, and independent study. Each lecture aims to provide an introduction to a set of criminological theories and explanations. Seminars aim to allow more in-depth discussion of key issues and to engage in practical exercises which enhance knowledge in more practical ways. Each seminar has one piece of primary reading which all students are expected to read. This reading provides the basis for class discussions. Additional reading is strongly encouraged, too.
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 for EXPLAINING CRIME AND DEVIANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/soc1048
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