Criminological Theory in Context SOCIO5032
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Social and Political Sciences
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
10 x two-hour sessions in semester 1, Tuesday 1-3pm
Requirements of Entry
In order to take this module you need to have met the requirements for entry into our MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Criminology and Criminal Justice Programme. This means achieving a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.
One 1,500 word essay (30%) and one 3,500 word essay (70%), chosen from a selection of topics.
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of contemporary criminological and social theories and their historical development.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this module students should be able to:
■ Assess the central concepts and substantive claims of contemporary criminological theories
■ Integrate, synthesize and critique the contributions of different theoretical perspectives
■ Recognize the ways in which contemporary knowledge(s) about crime and control are shaped by changing socio-economic, cultural and political contexts and impact upon social control and social regulation
■ Evaluate the capacity of contemporary criminological theory to explain developments in crime, order and control under conditions of late modernity
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits