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Criminological Theory in Context SOCIO5032

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • 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

Short Description



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.

Excluded Courses





One 1,500 word essay (30%) and one 3,500 word essay (70%), chosen from a selection of topics.

Course Aims

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