Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC3127: Crimes of the Powerful
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
The aim of the module is to:
- demonstrate the different types of crimes and harms associated with corporations and state actors
- assess the nature and impact of such harms on society
- examine the institutional, policy and legal context within which such harms and crimes can occur
- evaluate existing practices of law enforcement for holding state actors and corporations to account (at national and international levels)
- critically evaluate the concept of ‘crime,’ from a ‘harm-based’ perspective, which incorporates an understanding of social injury to society as well as individualised victims of crime.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the different types of crimes committed by corporations and state actors;|
2. engage with and critically evaluate a range of sources both quantitative and qualitative that provide evidence of crimes and harms committed by state actors and corporations;
3. critically evaluate policy solutions to crimes and harms committed by state actors and corporations at a national and international level.
|Discipline-Specific Skills||4. demonstrate a critical understanding of the socio-legal context in which crimes of the powerful are committed;|
5. critically evaluate theoretical approaches that consider harm to be a more appropriate starting point for understanding harm in society.
|Personal and Key Skills||6. demonstrate collaborative skills, in presentations and group discussions of course materials;|
7. critically evaluate own work and the work of others;
8. demonstrate a clear and effective argument, in oral and written form;
9. work independently, within a set time frame, to complete an analytical task.