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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2069: Crimes of the Powerful

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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:


  • environmental harms and crimes;
  • state crime and state terrorism;
  • financial crimes;
  • corruption;
  • deregulation and crime;
  • poverty;
  • policy solutions.

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 weekly lectures/seminars (or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar)
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).