Crime is a major social and political issue and the source of much academic and popular debate. Key criminological issues will be examined during the course of the module within their wider sociological and social policy context. There will be a particular focus on understanding the nature and extent of crime and victimisation, analysing public and media perceptions of crime, and exploring the relationship between key social divisions (age, gender and ethnicity) and patterns of offending and victimisation.
This module appears in the following module collections.
1 hour lecture (11 weeks) and 1 hour seminar (10 weeks).
Method of assessment
50% coursework (1 essay of 1,500 words in length) 50% two hour exam (summer term)
Hale, C, Hayward, K, Wahidin, A, & Wincup, E (Eds) (2009) Criminology: Oxford University Press
Newburn, T (2007) Criminology: Willan Publishing
Carrabine, E, Iganski, P, Lee, M, & Plummer, K (2004) Criminology; A Sociological Introduction: London: Routledge
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
Demonstrate knowledge of the core debates and arguments in criminology
Critically assess the ways in which images and notions of crime are constructed and represented
Have acquired a basic understanding of the way the criminal justice system operates.
Be aware of different sources on crime and victimisation and will be able to assess their usefulness for understanding the extent of crime in society.
Have a rudimentary understanding of how race, gender and age affect offending and victimisation.
Have a basic understand of the relationship between drug use and criminality.
Understood the basic role of psychology within criminology.
Back to top
Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
- The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.