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Sociology of Crime & Deviance - SOC00005C

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Carol Robinson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21
B Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • to introduce various key criminological theories and how they have emerged and built upon previous ideas; to provide an overview of a number of controversies within contemporary criminology;
  • to critically consider the contribution and impact of criminological theory to society and to engage students in using and improving their skills in problem solving, self-management, team working, creativity and innovation and IT skills.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • discuss the historical development of the social theories that underpin the discipline of criminology;
  • understand and critique key criminological theories; express and tailor ideas and arguments coherently to an audience through presentations, group discussion and written work;
  • self-manage and plan their time, work autonomously, and take the initiative in order to succeed;
  • work as a team and co-operate with others on shared tasks, recognise and take on appropriate team roles, and lead and follow effectively;
  • problem solve and demonstrate a capacity for analysis and synthesis, apply knowledge, and retrieve, analyse and evaluate information from and for different sources and create, innovate and generate ideas, and identify and take opportunities.


Task Length % of module mark
Visiting Student Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Visiting Student Assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written Feedback

Indicative reading

Module set text

  • Newburn, T. (2013), Criminology, (2nd ed.) Cullompton: Willan.

We also recommend the following:

  • Downes, D. and Rock, P. (2007) Understanding Deviance, (5th ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lilly, J.R., Cullen, F.T., and Ball, R.A. (2011) Criminological Theory, (4th ed.) London: Sage.
  • Maguire, M. Morgan, R. and Reiner, R. (eds.) (2007) Oxford Handbook of Criminology, (4th ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Tierney, J. (2006) Criminology, Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf.
  • Williams, K.S. (2008) Textbook in Criminology, (6th ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.