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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3126: Race, Ethnicity and Criminalisation

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • The social construction of crime and crime statistics;
  • Institutional racism, disproportionality and ‘stop and search’;
  • Race, riots and policing;
  • Race and prisons;
  • Counter-terrorism, Prevent and Islamophobia;
  • Racially motivated hate crime.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activity2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study22Preparation and reading for seminars
Guided independent study42Preparation and reading for presentation
Guided independent study10Additional reading/research
Guided independent study54Preparation for essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Ministry of Justice (2017) Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System 2016 [Online], London, Ministry of Justice. Available at

Ministry of Justice (2017) Trends in associations between ethnic background and being sentenced to custody for young offenders in England and Wales between 2009 and 2016. Available at