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Semester 1

Introduction to Criminology (LAWS08137)







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While this course is open to all visiting students, spaces on Law courses are limited and so enrolment cannot be guaranteed for students who are not studying in a Law exchange agreement.

Course Summary

This course aims to give an introduction to a wide range of questions about offending behaviour, crime and its control, drawing on criminological theory and research. The course introduces the origins and development of thinking about crime, patterns of offending behaviour, the problems of determining what we know about crime and the implications for how we should respond. In particular, the course encourages students to think independently and critically, and to apply theoretical ideas to real-world problems of crime and its control.

Course Description

The course introduces a variety of social science perspectives and aims to develop students' ability to appraise arguments critically in terms of their logical coherence and the use made of evidence. It encourages students to think about how theoretical knowledge can be applied to contemporary issues of crime and its control, and to understand the socio-economic framework in which offending and criminal justice responses take place. The course is divided into ten sections which look at different aspects and levels of analysis and how they contribute to our understanding of offending and criminal justice: 1. Thinking about crime and criminology; 2. Crime and the individual; 3. Crime and society; 4. Crime and inequality; 5.Crime and the city; 6.Crime and conformity; 7. Crime and criminalization; 8. Forgotten criminology?; 9.Knowing and not knowing about crime; 10. Explaining the contemporary world. **There are two themed lectures each week, and a linked tutorial which takes place the following week. Tutorials are a central part of the teaching of the course and are where students are encouraged to apply the theoretical ideas introduced in the lectures to particular contemporary problems. Tutorial work is active, critical and discursive. Students may be asked, for example, to redesign a housing estate on the basis of criminological theory; create victim impact statements on behalf of victims marginalised by the criminal justice system, and advise the government on the introduction of new youth justice policy.**

Assessment Information

Written Exam 100%, Coursework 0%, Practical Exam 0%

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