Crime and Society - SO333

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR E Cooke checkmark-circle


Societies expend huge amounts of intellectual and financial capital attempting to understand and explain the problem of crime. The module will provide a general introduction to the different types of crime that occur throughout the social structure in Western democracies, from the mundane, quotidian crimes of everyday life, to crimes perpetuated by the most powerful members of society. To that end, the module will contain lectures on subjects such as the nature and extent of violent crime, the process and effects of victimisation, and the relationship between key social divisions (age, gender and ethnicity) and patterns of offending. The module will also include a focus on how the media and popular culture intertwine with the practices of crime and crime control.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

1 lecture (1 hour) per week (11 weeks) and 1 seminar (1 hour) per week (11 weeks)

Method of assessment

80% coursework (1 essay of 2,500 words in length)
20% in class test

Indicative reading

Croal, H (2011) Crime and Society in Britain, London: Pearson.
Ferrell, J, Hayward, K and Young, J, (2008/2015) Cultural Criminology: An Invitation. London: Sage
Hale, C., Hayward, K., Wahidin, A. and Wincup, E. (eds) (2009) Criminology.
Oxford: Oxford University Press
Jewkes, Y (2011) Media and Crime, London: Sage
Maguire, M, Morgan, R, and Reiner, R (eds) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of
Criminology, Oxford: Clarendon Press
McLaughlin, E, and Muncie, J, (eds) (2013) The Sage Dictionary of Criminology, Third Edition, London: Sage

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Understand the structure of the criminal justice system and the development of the institutions on which it is founded.
Recognise the criminological importance of discrimination in shaping our understandings of crime and punishment;
Identify and make use of different sources of media and other empirical data on crime and victimisation, and assess its usefulness for understanding the nature and extent of crime in society;
Understand the value of criminological theory and how it is both applied within and used to critique practical criminal justice issues;
Demonstrate a rudimentary understanding of how race, gender and age affect offending and victimisation;
Demonstrate an awareness of different sources on crime and victimisation and be able to assess their usefulness for understanding the extent of crime in society.


  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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