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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3126: Race, Ethnicity and Criminalisation

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module will be on understanding and applying theories of race and racism to the social construction of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system. The module will allow students to understand how crime is situated within a racialised social-historical process. The module will facilitate critical evaluation of the data available on crime related to race and ethnicity. Your will have the opportunity to evaluate in practice the differentiated application of the law, criminal justice system and actions of law enforcement agencies to racialised groups in society. You will have the opportunity to examine US and UK case studies where they will evaluate racialised processes within the criminal justice system.

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. critically engage in sociological and criminological approaches to the study of race, ethnicity and crime;
2. understand and apply appropriate theories and concepts to an analysis of racism in a criminological context.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. critically analyse social data regarding race, ethnicity and crime;
4. critically evaluate the evidence on race and the criminal justice system;
5. demonstrate a critical understanding of explanatory perspectives on race, ethnicity and crime.
Personal and Key Skills6. demonstrate collaborative skills, in presentations and group discussions of course materials;
7. critically evaluate own work and the work of others;
8. present a clear and effective argument, in oral and written forms;
9. work independently, within a set time frame, to complete an analytical task.