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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1040: Social Issues: Part II - Themes in Criminology

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Cecilia Meneghini (Convenor)


SOC1039 Social Issues: Part I Introducing Crime and Deviance



Available via distance learning


This module offers an intermediate level analysis of crime and deviance by considering several core themes in criminology. It extends the analysis from SOC1039 “Social Issues: Part I”, which is a prerequisite. Taking this module will extend your understanding of the study of crime, to allow you to explore terrains that are often contested, and to develop a critical appreciation of the methodological issues associated with knowing rates of crime. You will be invited to develop your critical thinking in understanding the construction of datathrough practicalexaminations of important controversies in the study of crime.By considering the contested nature of crime and criminalisation (e.g. in the context of the discussions around race), the module offers an opportunity to think about power in the development and implementation of criminological policy. The module will include elements of taught instruction and small group discussions. The main teaching method consists of lectures and tutorials. You will work independently on the summative and formative assessment exercises.  It is suitable for non-specialist students and those on interdisciplinary pathways.  

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