Sociology of Crime and Deviance - SOCI5050

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 30 (15) Phil Carney checkmark-circle


The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of the nature and extent of crime and deviance in contemporary society, and the main ways in which they can be explained and controlled. Focusing upon contemporary sociological theories of crime against a background of the classical ideas within the field, this module will provide undergraduates with an opportunity to engage with the most up-to-date debates in an area of great interest in contemporary society.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 256
Total study hours: 300


Every Year

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Examination - 3 hours - 50%
Coursework – in-class test - 20%
Coursework - Essay (2500 words) - 30%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework.

Indicative reading

There is no text that covers the course as a whole. The following books are recommended for this course.

Carrabine, E. et al. (2014) Criminology: A Sociological Introduction (3rd ed.). London: Routledge
Lilly, J. et al (2018) Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences. (7th ed.) Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Sage
Tierney, J., (2013) Criminology: Theory and Context. (3rd ed.). Edinburgh: Pearson.
McLaughlin, E., J. Muncie and G. Hughes (2013) Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (3rd ed.). London: Sage.
Downes, D and Rock, P (2016) Understanding Deviance: A Guide to the Sociology of Rule Breaking (7th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press
M. Maguire, R. Morgan, and R. Reiner, The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, various editions. Oxford: Oxford OUP
Morrison, W. J., (1997) Theoretical Criminology: From Modernity to Postmodernism. London: Cavendish

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes are as follows. On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1.Be able to critically assess a range of theoretical accounts of crime and deviance and their control;
2.Have developed a critical understanding of the social, economic and cultural dimensions of crime and deviance;
3.Be able to demonstrate awareness of classical and contemporary ideas about the cultural and ideological character of crime and deviance;
4.Have developed an understanding of the links between sociological theorizing of crime and deviance and the socio-historical context in which these theories emerged;
5.Be able to apply research evidence to develop a critical understanding of deviance, social control and related social problems.

The intended generic learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Effectively communicate information in a clear and coherent manner
2.Synthesise items of knowledge from different schools and disciplines of enquiry
3.Perform advanced library investigations in order to demonstrate a critical awareness of complex issues


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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