LL272 Half Unit
Outlines of Modern Criminology
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Meredith Rossner
This course is available on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available to General Course students.
None, but some familiarity with sociological or psychological literature would be an advantage.
This half-unit course is a general introduction to the study of modern criminology. The course is highly selective and every effort is made to hold the reading requirements within reasonable limits. It is suitable for General Course students, and a limited number may be admitted on application.
The main focus is on the classical and contemporary theories developed over the past two hundred years to explain and predict criminal behaviour in society. The propositions, assumptions, empirical validity, and policy implications of these criminological theories, as well as the social context in which they were developed, will be examined. Other significant issues in criminology – such as the measurement and extent of crime, the role of demographics (age, race, gender, social class) in the causation of and reaction to crime, the influence of the media and political regimes, and the changing boundaries of criminological research – will also be discussed.
• The history of criminological theory.
• Trends in crime and crime statistics. How official statistics can be interpreted and the role of
• ‘Classical’ criminology, rational choice, and crime prevention theories.
• Individual explanations of crime: biological, psychological and psychoanalytical theories.
• Sociological explanations of crime, including macro and micro approaches and recent
• Criminal justice policy and ‘law and order’ politics.
• Discrimination, Inequalities, crime and criminal justice
• Crime and the mass media
20 hours of seminars in the LT.
The formative coursework consists of a class presentation (in groups) and a short statement of topic and outline for the summative essay. Feedback on the outline will help prepare students for the summative assessment
The texts for this course are:
• Criminology 3rd ed. by T. Newburn (2017)
• The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. By Leibling, A; Mcara, L. and Maruna, S (eds) 6th
• Crime: The Mystery of the Common Sense Concept. By R. Reiner (2017)
• Law and Order: An Honest Citizen’s Guide to Crime and Control. by R. Reiner (2007)
LSE Undergraduate Law Options Book 2018/19 30
• Crime, Shame, and Reintegration. by J. Braithwaite (1989)
• Understanding Deviance 7th Ed. by D. Downes, P. Rock and E. McLaughlin (2016)
• Vold's Theoretical Criminology by T. Bernard and J. Snipes and A. Gerould. 7th edition
Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.
Total students 2017/18: 24
Average class size 2017/18: 23
Capped 2017/18: Yes (25)
Value: Half Unit
- Specialist skills