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SLSP2020 Crime, Law and Regulation

20 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Rebecca Taylor

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits at Level 1 from a social science related discipline or the appropriate discovery theme

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW2091Criminology: Theories and Concepts

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

- Why is corporate crime invisible? - Why are there moral panics around youth? - Are women who commit crime seen as double deviants? - How can we account for fear of crime? All of these questions and more are covered in this module. You will study a range of criminological theories with particular attention focused on issues of class, gender, 'race' and age. Crimes of the powerful are often ignored or seem to be invisible but you will be introduced to the debates on this including the regulation of corporate crime. Regulating crime will be covered with consideration given to the fear of crime, issues of crime prevention, community safety and policing.PrerequisitesNormally 40 credits taken within the Faculty of ESSL or related disciplines.


On completion of this module the student should be able to:
- demonstrate in depth knowledge of some key debates within criminology;
- critically evaluate the implications and importance of forms of regulation;
- make oral and written presentations on topics in this field of study which are cogent, coherent and logically structured;
- undertake independent research within the structure of an indicative reading list;
- undertake group research and take part in group presentations;
- demonstrate understanding of both contemporary and historical debates on crime and regulation using both empirical and theoretical tools.


This module tackles the 'problem' of criminality by examining, initially, the rise of the science of criminology. It will then consider a range of criminological theories. Consideration will be given to the fear of crime, processes of victimisation and issues of crime prevention and policing.

Particular attention will be given to various explanations of delinquency and to issues of class, gender, 'race' and age. Consideration will also be given to 'crimes of the powerful' with a focus on corporate crime and environmental crime.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

100 hours reading for exam, 50 hours reading for tutorials, 30 hours reading for lectures.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/08/2019


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