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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 six 90-minute seminars. The assessment consists in a first essay (2500 words) worth 40% of the total grade for the course and a second essay (3000 words) worth 60% of the total grade for the course.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 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)
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
2500 word essay 40%
3000 word essay 60%
Resit: resubmission of failed elements
There are no assessments for this course.
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|Factual||Remember||ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.|