Sociology of Crime and Deviance - SO505

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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5 30 (15) DR P Carney


SO305 Introduction to Criminology or SO333 Crime Culture & Control





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 unit will provide undergraduates with an opportunity to engage with the most up-to-date debates.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

42 hours: 22 hours of lectures and 20 hours of seminars (no seminars in weeks 1 and 24 or reading weeks)


Every Year

Method of assessment

50% coursework (20% In-class test: 30% Essay ) and 50% examination (summer term)

Indicative reading

There is no text that covers the course as a whole. The following books are trecommended for this course in order of difficulty from introductory to advanced.
Carrabine, E. et al. (2014) Criminology: A Sociological Introduction (3rd ed.). London: Routledge
Lilly, J. et al (2011) Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences. (5th ed.) Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Sage
Tierney, J., (2006) Criminology: Theory and Context. (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Pearson.
McLaughlin, E., J. Muncie and G. Hughes (2003) Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (2nd ed.). London: Sage.
Henry S. and Einstadter W (eds.) The Criminology Theory Reader. New York: NYU
Downes, D and Rock, P (2007) Understanding Deviance: A Guide to the Sociology of Rule Breaking (5th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press
M. Maguire, R. Morgan, and R. Reiner (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford OUP
Morrison, W. J., (1995) Theoretical Criminology: From Modernity to Postmodernism.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
critically discuss the ways in which particular forms of crime and deviance are hidden, whilst others are highly visible;
describe and assess a range of theoretical perspectives relating to crime and deviance and their control;
understand the social, economic and cultural dimensions of crime;
understand some of the links between sociological theorizing of crime and deviance and the socio-historical context in which these theories emerged;
synthesize items of knowledge from different schools and disciplines of enquiry;
analyse popular discourses, texts or programmes on the matter of crime and deviance.

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