2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
LAW3172 Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective
20 creditsClass Size: 96
Module manager: Kisby Dickinson
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is mutually exclusive with
|LAW3171||Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis 20 credit module explores the history of crime and criminal justice. It examines both the development of key criminal justice institutions, such as policing and the penal system, as well as changing historical patterns in offending, including the decline of violence in modern societies. These two broad areas will be consistently analysed with reference to the wider historical context. Students will, therefore, examine the social, political, moral and economic factors which shape crime, our understandings of crime and our attempts to deal it with through the criminal justice system. By the end of the module, students' critical comprehension of how the historical present came into being will enable them to adopt critical, historical perspectives on crime and criminal justice in contemporary society.
ObjectivesOn this module:
- students will examine changing patterns of crime and key historical developments in criminal justice;
- students will critically assess the ideas, beliefs and values which shape definitions of and responses to crime;
- students will be able to identify key historical processes which are continuing to shape crime and criminal justice today.
On completion of this module, students should be able:
- to analyse how and why crime has changed over time;
- to analyse how and why the criminal justice system has changed over time;
- to use this critical, historically grounded understanding to explore the future of crime and criminal justice.
- Detailed understanding of key historical developments in crime and criminal justice.
- Ability to think critically about crime as a historically relative phenomenon.
- Ability to analyse the relationship between criminal justice developments and their historical contexts.
- Appreciation of the present as a construct of the past.
- Teamwork: group work during seminars will strengthen teamwork skills.
- Communication: portfolio tasks will develop students' abilities to communicate information in a variety of formats.
- Project management: assessment through a large essay and series of shorter portfolio tasks both necessitate an ability to conduct research, produce written work and meet deadlines.
The syllabus will cover four units of work that each encompass a specific area of the history of crime and criminal justice.
a) Criminalisation in modern history (e.g. criminalisation of customary practices in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; criminalisation of aspects of popular recreation in nineteenth and twentieth centuries).
b) Changing constructions of criminals (e.g. female offenders, juvenile offenders, ethnic minorities and relations with criminal justice system)
c) Crime control and the state (e.g. creation of the ‘new police’, development of criminal courts, capital and corporal punishment).
d) Violence and civilizing process (changes to long-term levels of violence, competing theoretical explanations for these changes).
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||176.50|
|Total Contact hours||23.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyThe online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks overall.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored through attendance and preparation for the guided research task.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Written Work||3,000 word guided research task||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 21/09/2022
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