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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2069: Crimes of the Powerful

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

Module Aims

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

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. demonstrate an understanding of the different types of crimes committed by corporations and state actors;
2. engage with and evaluate a range of sources both quantitative and qualitative that provide evidence of crimes and harms committed by state actors and corporations;
3. evaluate policy solutions to crimes and harms committed by state actors and corporations at a national and international level.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate an understanding of the socio-legal context in which crimes of the powerful are committed;
5. evaluate theoretical approaches that consider ‘harm’ to be a more appropriate starting point for understanding harm in society.
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. demonstrate a clear and effective argument, in oral and written form;
9. work independently, within a set time frame, to complete an analytical task.