Crime and Society - SO333

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
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4 15 (7.5) DR EL Sanders-McDonagh




unavailable to stage 3 students



This module provides first year students with a general introduction to the various ways in which cultural dynamics intertwine with the practices of crime and crime control within contemporary society. To that end, the course will contain lectures on subjects such as crime and everyday life, "reality" crime tv, surveillance and the culture of control, and police culture and the politics of crime control. The module will also seek to introduce students to other essential areas of criminological interest (such as the critical analysis of criminological theory, and criminological methods) via innovative teaching techniques involving staff debates and the close textual reading/analysis of contemporary crime news stories. In addition, this module provides a space to embed key generic social science skills (in the form of three lecture-seminar slots)


This module appears in:

Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

60% coursework (1 essay of 2,500 words in length)
40% exam

Indicative reading

Hale, C, Hayward, K, Wahidin, A and Wincup, E (eds) (2009) Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Ferrell, J, Hayward, K and Young J (2008) Cultural Criminology: An Invitation. London: Sage
Carrabine, E (2007) Crime, Culture and the Media. Oxford: Polity
McLaughlin, E and Muncie, J (eds) (2006) The Sage Dictionary of Criminology. London: Sage
Trend, D (2007) The Myth of Media Violence. Oxford: Blackwell
Jewkes, Y (2004) Media and Crime. London: Sage
Hayward, K, Maruna, S, and Mooney, J (2009) Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology. Abingdon: Routledge
Maguire, M, Morgan, R, and Reiner, R (eds) (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Clarendon Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Identify and explain some of the ways cultural dynamics intertwine with the practices of crime and crime control within contemporary society
Recognise the criminological importance of deconstructing media/popular 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
Recognise the main types of criminological criminological research methods, their differences and applications within criminology
The intended generic learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes
Demonstrate skills in presentation and debate, both verbal and written, and in utilization of research and empirical data
Be able to synthesise the theoretical contributions of different schools and disciplines of enquiry
Be able to gather appropriate library and web-based resources for undergraduate study; make critical judgements about their merits and use the available evidence to construct an argument to be presented orally or in writing

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