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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP1181 Crime and Society

20 creditsClass Size: 145

Module manager: Peter Doak

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW1136Understanding Crime
SLSP1180Crime and Deviance

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces sociological approaches to the study of crime. It offers students an overview of key theoretical perspectives within the sociology of deviance and critical social policy and connects these to key issues and debates about crime. In the module, students will use sociological concepts to explore and challenge ideas of deviance and criminality.


This module will:

- Develop understanding of key theoretical perspectives in sociology and social policy of crime and related fields

- Support students to evaluate and appraise the evidence base in crime policy.

- Explore how crime is constructed as a social problem and the implications for our understanding of criminality and the problem of crime

- Critically discuss the nature and extent of different types of crime

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical perspectives within the sociology of crime, ‘deviance’ and critical social policy.

2. Understand the problems associated with the measurement of crime.

3. Develop an understanding of how crime and criminality are socially constructed.

4. Display knowledge of the role of the media in shaping public understandings of the crime problem.

5. Gain a critical and coherent sociological analysis of specific types of crime.

6. Develop an understanding of how patterns of offending and victimization are bound up with social inequalities


The module begins with an introduction to some of the major debates in the sociology of deviance including different theoretical perspectives on crime, the problems inherent in measuring crime and the constructed nature of crime. It moves on to consider different substantive cases of crime such as football hooliganism, domestic violence and drugs.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning111.000.00
Group learning111.0011.00
Independent online learning hours26.00
Private study hours149.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive formative feedback during tutorial discussions and at tutor’s open-door hours.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 word essay100.00
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: 23/01/2024


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