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Explain the emergence, nature and impact of key criminological approaches to explaining crime and criminality.
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental differences between different criminological approaches by being able to clearly distinguish between them.
Analyse the relationship between criminological theory and practical responses to crime within and beyond the criminal justice system.
Identify and evaluate the ethical dimensions and implications of criminological thinking and practice.
Speak and write in a concise, relevant and well-informed manner about criminological perspectives on crime and criminality.
- • Crime, criminology and the context.
- • Explaining crime theoretically.
- • Social inequality.
- • Intersectionality.
- • Type of crimes.
- • Criminal justice.
- • Crime prevention.
Prerequisites: Students must be admitted into the following course: AB002O
No additional requirements
Since the eighteenth century, Western societies have sought to explain systematically the causes of crime and criminality. In this subject you will explore how different understandings of crime have emerged as a response to changing social, political, and economic contexts. You will also explore the usefulness of these understandings for explaining and responding to crime today.
Through a critical lens, you will consider how certain behaviours in our society have variously been understood as social issues, deviance, and crimes. You will investigate the complex nature of crime and offending by applying criminological theories in order to reflect on the current criminal justice climate. By understanding the context of crime, theories can further inform practical responses to crime within and beyond the criminal justice system.
- One research essay (1600 words) (40%)
- Short answer exam (1200 words equivalent) (30%)
- Multiple choice quizzes (1200 words) (30%)
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