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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3034: International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes over one or more weeks:

  • Comparative Criminology –comparing crime across nations
  • Legal traditions and Punishment Philosophies –discuss how different legal and philosophic approaches to crime result in different crime related outcomes
  • Comparing Prison Systems, Policing, & Crime Control and Prevention models
  • International Crime Statistics –critique sources of crime data
  • Describing data –using basic statistics to compare official crime data and victimization survey data among countries
  • Comparing means and hypothesis testing –using basic statistics to compare means and test hypotheses with official crime data and victimization survey data among countries

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 / tutorials (or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour tutorial)
Guided Independent Study 24 Reading assignments and preparing for the tutorials
Guided Independent Study40Preparing lab assignment
Guided Independent Study10Additional reading/research
Guided Independent Study54Preparation for and completion of all exams

Online Resources

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