Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice - SOCI3290

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Tara Young checkmark-circle


This introductory course in criminology and criminal justice will introduce students to the ways in which images and notions of crime are constructed and represented, including the links between crime and the key social divisions of age, gender and ethnicity. They will be introduced to the workings of the criminal justice system and its key agencies. Students would cover the measurement of crime, media representations of crime, the aims and justifications of punishment and the structure and operation of the criminal justice.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


BA Criminal Justice and Criminology

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Examination – 50%
Essay 1 – 20%
Essay 2 – 20%
Book Review – 10%

Reassessment methods

100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Hale, C., Hayward, K., Wahadin, A. and Wincup, E. (eds.) (2013) Criminology, 3rd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Maguire, M., Morgan, R. and Reiner, R. (eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 5th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Newburn, T. (2013) Criminology (2nd edition). London: Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Critically assess the ways in which images and notions of crime are constructed and represented
8.2 Describe and evaluate the core theoretical debates in criminology and criminal justice
8.3 Describe and understand the key stages in criminal justice processes and the role of key justice agencies
8.4 Use empirical data to explore the nature and extend of crime and victimisation
8.5 Describe and evaluate links between crime and key social divisions in society

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate written communication and presentation skills
9.2 Organise information in a clear and coherent manner
9.3 Demonstrate problem-solving skills and adaptability to changing situations
9.4 Demonstrate an ability to synthesise knowledge from different schools and disciplines of enquiry
9.5 Demonstrate research skills with regard to using library e-journals and other on-line resources in preparing for assessments (i.e.
examination revision and essay preparation)


  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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