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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP2020 Crime, Law and Regulation

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Rebecca Taylor
Email: R.K.Taylor1@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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. 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.PrerequisitesNormally 40 credits taken within the Faculty of ESSL or related disciplines.

Objectives

This module aims to:
- Enable students to gain in depth knowledge of some key debates within criminology.
- Develop oral and written presentations on relevant topics in this field of study.
- Enable students to develop the skill of critical evaluation.
- Develop the skill of undertaking independent research within the structure of an indicative reading list.
- Give students the opportunity to undertake group research and to take part in group presentations.
- Enable students to gain an understanding of both contemporary and historical debates on crime and regulation, using both empirical and theoretical tools.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of some key debates within Criminology.
2. Utilise empirical and theoretical evidence to demonstrate an understanding of both contemporary and historical debates on crime and regulation.
3. Critically engage with topic literature, using evidence to communicate the results of independent study, providing structured and reasoned arguments.
4. Undertake research as part of a group, collating findings to enable the delivery of group presentations.
5. Deliver oral and written presentations on topics in this field of study, ensuring cogency, coherence and logical structure.


Syllabus

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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial101.009.00
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

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
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: 05/08/2020 09:58:09

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