Crime and Society

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Coretta Phillips OLDM2.27


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Social Policy and Criminology. This course is available on the BSc in Social Policy, BSc in Social Policy and Economics, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

The course introduces students to the study of crime and its control in contemporary society. It begins by considering different conceptualisations of crime, and its measurement, before critically examining the multiple ways in which crime patterns are understood by the public, politicians, the media, and criminologists. These understandings are used to explore particular crime types such as white collar crime, drugs, and violent crime. Next the course explores the impact of major social divisions - such as gender, age, ethnicity, class and community - on the social distribution of crime and considers how these patterns influence political responses to controlling crime. Lastly, the course selects key controversies in controlling crime, focusing on criminal justice agencies such as the police and considering sentencing practices of imprisonment and community punishment and restorative justice.


10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Including a revision lecture, class and mock examination.

Formative coursework

Two non-assessed essays will be required. Students will be expected to do the reading associated with the classes.

Indicative reading

T. Newburn Criminology, 2nd edn, 2012; E. Carrabine et al Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, 2nd edn, 2009; Hale et al. Criminology, 2nd edn, 2008; M Maguire, R Morgan & R Reiner, The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 5th edn, 2012; Y Jewkes & G Letherby, Criminology: A Reader, 2002; E McLaughlin & J Muncie, Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings, 3rd edn, 2013, A. Hucklesby & A. Wahidin, Criminal Justice, 2nd edn, 2013.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

Classification % of students
First 4.4
2:1 47.3
2:2 35.2
Third 7.7
Fail 5.5

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: 24

Average class size 2012/13: 14

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 81.8%



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