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This course examines theories that attempt to explain why people act in a deviant or criminal manner. We will consider theories that explain deviance (in whole or in part) as the product of (1) biological features of the deviant; (2) economic forces; (3) environmental conditions; and (4) the 'labels' social groups assign to certain types of conduct. We will also look at the means by which criminal statistics are gathered, and the extent to which they are accurate. The course is taught through seven 1hour lectures and six 1hour seminars. There is one assessed essay (33%) and an exam (67%).
|Second Sub Session
|25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Course Aims: This course aims to introduce students to the study of criminology and to various schools of thought in this field, and to encourage them to think critically about the causes of crime, society?s response to crime and the definition of crime itself. Main Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding Students will understand the main theoretical accounts of crime and social responses to it, and acquire some insights into the social, political and economic contexts within which crime occurs. In addition, they will gain awareness of the multiplicity of factors involved in committing a criminal act. Subject Specific Skills and Concepts Students will develop social scientific methods of study and analysis. They will learn how to think critically and creatively, to think at a conceptual level and apply theoretical models, to analyse and synthesise material from a variety of sources and to evaluate the merits of competing arguments. Students will develop the ability to express themselves, both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive fashion, to debate complex and emotive issues in a group situation, to listen effectively and to engage in independent and critical research. They are required to produce coursework which is fully referenced, using correct legal citations and to retrieve a range of up-to-date legal materials in electronic and non-electronic formats. Key Skills (Transferable)
This course is also available, as a 30-credit course, to students enrolled in the MA in Legal Studies program. This variation of the course will require an assessed essay of 3,000 words.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (67%) and one essay which counts towards the final assessment (33%) and which is 2,500 words long for LLB students and 3,000 words long for MA in Legal Studies students. Resit: Normally, no resit is available.
There are no assessments for this course.
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