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Crime and Deviance
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- 22 Feb 2021
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Upon completion of this subject, the student should be able to:
- Outline a range of criminological perspectives and theories on the nature and causes of crime
- Apply theoretical perspectives and theories to particular examples of deviance, crime, and social control
- Critically evaluate the contribution of criminological perspectives and theories at different levels of social analysis (individual, situational, and structural), to the study of deviance, crime, and social control
- Develop your ability to justify your own position on key debates in the study of crime, criminality and criminal justice
- Produce written work that communicates your ideas clearly and incorporates key elements of academic writing in criminology
- The Study of Crime: Southern Theory and Criminology
- Classical Theory
- Bio-Criminology and Psychological Positivism
- Strain Theory
- Labelling Perspectives
- Marxist Criminology
- Feminist Perspectives
- Realist Approaches
- Republican Theory and Restorative Justice
- Critical Criminology
- Cultural and Postmodern Criminology
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
The subject offers a broad overview of the major theories and approaches to the study of crime and deviance. It provides a survey of diverse and competing interpretations of criminal and deviant acts, the situations and contexts within which crime and deviance is defined and takes place, and the explanations put forward for the causes and consequences of deviance in society. The subject encourages students to think critically and practically engage with the key questions and colourful issues that criminologists face, including why and how some behaviours and subcultures are regarded as deviant or criminal and others are not. Each theoretical perspective is vividly illustrated throughout the subject with contemporary applications in topical lectures and tutorials. For example, the subject may cover topics like youth crime and youth gangs, drugs and alcohol, sex work and sexuality, mental illness, crimes of the suites vs. crimes of the streets, risk, terrorism and counter-terrorism, as well as analysing the dynamic impact of stigma, moral panics and social control on individuals and society.
- On-Going Discussion Board Posts (10%%)
- Crime Case Study (20%%)
- Essay (40%%)
- Assignment (30%%)
Current study term: 21 Feb 21 to 30 May 21
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