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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP2145 Crime, Race and Ethnicity

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Richard Tavernier

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

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

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module offers students an introduction to the substantive analysis of race, ethnicity, and crime in contemporary society. It will introduce them to key concepts and theories relating to race, ethnicity, and crime. Substantive topics will examine the social, political, and economic processes that define, construct, and respond to crime in a racialized manner. These substantive issues will be addressed in order to analyse the relevance of race and ethnicity in crime studies and the extent to which racialization affects our understanding of offending, victimization and punishment in contemporary contexts. Comparisons will be drawn between problems of race, crime and punishment in the USA and Britain.


This module aims to:

Enable students to understand the social construction of the relationship between race and crime through the examination of a range of substantive topics in the field.

Enable students to develop their knowledge of the sociological concepts and theories currently used to analyse the relationships between race, ethnicity and crime.

Give students the opportunity to further develop their critical analytical skills in relation to social data regarding race, ethnicity and crime.

Enable students to develop their ability to critically analyse different theoretical perspectives on race, ethnicity and crime.

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:

A clear understanding of the social construction of the relationships between race and crime.

A knowledge of the sociological concepts and theories used to analyse race, ethnicity, and crime.

A critical understanding of social data relating to race, ethnicity and crime and its uses.

Critically assess different theoretical perspectives on the relationship between race and crime.


Conceptualising racialisation, racism and ethnicity in relation to crime
Constructing crime: 'race', 'ethnicity' and crime statistics
Racism, Riots and Policing
Racially motivated hate crime
Encounters with the police 1: stop and search
Encounters with the police 2: race and victimology
Policing Terrorism: 'Radicalisation', Securitisation and Prevent
Race and crime in the USA
Race and prisons in the USA and the UK

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning111.0011.00
Private study hours162.50
Total Contact hours37.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

10 hours each week
60 hours preparation for assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through attendance at and performance in tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 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: 28/04/2023 14:51:52


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