Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with and knowledge of the basic theories of sociological criminology, including key theorists of crime and the ideas associated with these theorists
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical contexts of criminological thinking in the 19th and 20th and early 21st centuries
  3. Be familiar with the sociological classification of criminal activity
  4. Demonstrate a range of skills (critical awareness and interpersonal communication) applicable and relevant to developing an understanding of theories of crime
  5. Apply criminological theories to social research on crime
  6. Critically question and analyse "common sense" notions of crime in our society.
  • Topics

    • What is Crime? What is Criminology?
    • What do we know about crime, and how?
    • Classical Criminology Social Logics of Punishment
    • Biological and Psychological Positivism
    • Social Disorganization and Social Ecology
    • Anomie and Strain Theories
    • Social Learning Theories
    • Labelling Theory
    • Marxist and Critical Theories
    • Feminist Criminology
    • New Right Criminology and Social Control Theories
    • New Left Realism and Cultural Criminology
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

Entry Requirements


This is not an introductory subject, it is a second year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology subjects.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces the major 19th and 20th century theories of crime, their historical antecedents and ideological dimensions. Attention is given to street crime, white collar crime, and violence between intimates.

  • Research Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Online Test (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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