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Criminology Dissertation - SOC00044H

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Ruth Penfold-Mounce
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • Design and undertake a research project which draws upon appropriate qualitative, quantitative and theoretical skills, in order to produce rigorous analyses of a criminological topic

  • Use their knowledge of policy and sociologically informed theories of crime and deviance to make ananalytical contribution to how crime is understood in contemporary culture;

  • Use independent critical thinking and problem solving skills to address a self-selected criminological debate or issue

  • Synthesise and communicate complex arguments about crime, deviance and criminal justice in contemporary society

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • justify a topic for investigation
  • devise appropriate research questions
  • formulate an ethical sociological and/or policy research project
  • identify and use an appropriate social research methodology
  • sustain and develop a progressively argued and focussed analysis
  • identify and use appropriate sociological concepts and theory
  • identify any policy implications of the research

Academic and graduate skills

Students should be able to:

  • Explain, analyse and apply complex sociological and policy informed criminological concepts and theories to craft a more considered understanding of social worlds

  • Engage creatively with social and criminological issues in rigorous and critical ways

  • Be intellectually curious about, and challenge, commonly held assumptions about our social worlds

  • Be ethical in their conduct by considering the effects of their interactions with others, display sensitivity to the well-being of others and design research involving others in respectful and responsible ways

  • Recognise their own limitations and make use of constructive feedback from others to improve their capacity for effective working

  • Show empathy with and respect for the views of others

  • Confidently communicate their intellectual positions in written form

  • Be resourceful in planning and managing their own work-load effectively and carrying out self-directed work

  • Seek advice from others where appropriate


Task Length % of module mark
10000 word dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
10000 word dissertation
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will submit 1,500 words (this can include but is not limited to a section of the introduction, methodology or literature review) and receive feedback within 4 weeks of submission.

The final dissertation mark will not be released until after the final exam boards in week 10 of the summer term of year 3. Written feedback will be provided for this final piece of work.

Indicative reading

Becker, H.S., ( 2007) Writing for Social Scientists (2nd edn), Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Bell, J. (2010) Doing your research project (5th ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press

Burnett, J. (2009) Doing your social science dissertation. London: Sage

Greetham, B. (2009) How to write your undergraduate dissertation. London: Palgrave Macmillan

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.