Developing the Criminological Imagination - SOCI4110

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Nikhaela Wicks checkmark-circle


The module will begin by covering the work of C Wright Mills on developing a sociological imagination, providing both theoretical background and real-world examples, before moving on to explore Jock Young's work on the criminological imagination. This first part of the module will also set out criminology as an interdisciplinary subject, drawing out specific links with related disciplines (such as sociology, social policy, law, psychology, computing and many more). The rest of the module will be devoted to providing a series of examples of the extent of criminology’s real-world relevance via a variety of fora including: detailed presentations of current research, roundtables and debates on issues currently in the news, explorations of films and documentaries, analysis of crime literature and TV shows. In this second part of the module, a major aim will be to connect with topics that are current – ongoing research, items in the news very recently, films and TV series currently available to watch – and so the content will be quite varied year on year. The underlying aim – to inspire the criminological imagination by linking the discipline to real world events and popular culture – will remain constant


Contact hours

Private Study: 128 hours
Contact Hours: 22 hours
Total: 150 hours


Compulsory to the following courses: BA Hons Criminology
Optional to the following courses: Criminology joint degree students
Also available as an elective module: Yes

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework - multiple choice quiz : 20%
Coursework - reflective essay (2000 words) – 80%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes are as listed below.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate a basic understanding of the range of contexts in which criminological thinking can be utilised
2 Apply basic criminology concepts and theories to a variety of contexts
3 Demonstrate understanding of the nature and appropriate use of diverse social research strategies and methods
4 Describe the interdisciplinary nature of criminology and the relevance of ideas for other social science subjects
5 Demonstrate familiarity with a range of contemporary issues and debates in specific areas of criminology

The intended generic learning outcomes are as listed below.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Conduct basic research by using library e-journals and other on-line resources.
2 Demonstrate basic skills in regard to the organisation of information in a clear and coherent manner.
3 Demonstrate a rudimentary understanding of theory and research to the solution of problems.
4 Demonstrate effective engagement with learning at undergraduate level.


  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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