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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1039: Social Issues: Part I - Introducing Crime and Deviance

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

* Introduce you to central issues within the study of crime and deviance

* Situate the study of crime and its causes within the social sciences as a whole

* Foster understanding of the varied qualitative and quantitative methodologies for assessing crime

* Enable you to undertake independent research

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of theories of crime and deviance;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative methodological foundations of criminology;
3. Identify and locate relevant materials and information in support of research;
4. Synthesise and critically assess the relationship between disciplinary approaches to crime;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate literature (theoretical and empirical investigations);
6. Conduct independent criminological research;
Personal and Key Skills7. Conduct independent criminological research;
8. Apply social research insights and findings to problems confronting our society; and
9. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.