Cultural Criminology - SOCI8810

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This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


This module is concerned with developing a sophisticated understanding of the contested meanings underpinning crime and its control and the manner in which such meanings are intertwined with various different cultural phenomena. The module explores the complex patterns and sites of contest, control and resistance that bisect everyday life. This is achieved through engaging in a detailed consideration of cutting edge theory and research in the fields of cultural and visual criminology. The module will place criminality, policing, crime prevention, music, photography, emotionality, extreme sports, advertising, protest, war, physicality and the film in new and exciting contexts. The module equips students with the necessary theoretical tools and modes of social inquiry to make sense of a late-modern world permeated by crime and its control.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total hours: 200


This module is optional for students on the MA in Criminology and the LLM Criminal Justice

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Essay, 4,500 words (85%)
Seminar participation (15%)

Reassessment methods:
1 piece of coursework (the 4500 word essay).
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Ferrell, J., Hayward, K., Morrison, W., & Presdee, M. (eds.) (2004) Cultural Criminology Unleashed.
London: Glasshouse Books.
Ferrell, J., Hayward, K. & Young, J. (2008) Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, London: Sage.
Hayward, K. (2004) City Limits: Crime, Consumer Culture and the Urban Experience, London:
Hayward, K. & Presdee, M. (eds.) (2010) Framing Crime: Cultural Criminology and the Image, London:
Katz, J. (1988) Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil. New York: Basic
Presdee,M. (2000) Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime, London: Routledge.
Young, J. (2007) The Vertigo of Late Modernity. London: Sage

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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

8.1 Critically evaluate and reflexively deploy theoretical approaches to understanding crime in terms of cultural meanings, representations and
8.2 Identify and critically appraise the complex relationships between crime, control and cultural dynamics.
8.3 Demonstrate, at a level commensurate with post-graduate studies, the ability to critically analyse and engage with research that examines
the ways in which criminality and its control are intertwined with cultural meanings and representations.
8.4 Identify and critically analyse the presence of crime and its control across a range of cultural phenomena.

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

9.1 Demonstrate highly developed skills in presentation and debate, both verbal and written, and in the utilization of research and cultural
9.2 Acquire advanced research skills through library investigation, critical debate and essay writing
9.3 Demonstrate a heightened ability to critically engage with and participate in debates within criminological and sociological theory.
9.4 Be able to synthesise and evaluate items of knowledge from different schools and disciplines of enquiry.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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