Introduction to Criminology - SO305

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR E Sanders-McDonagh checkmark-circle


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.

Contact hours

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)

Indicative reading

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)

Learning outcomes

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.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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