Not available in 2016/17
Crime and Society

This information is for the 2016/17 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 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.

In Weeks 6 of MT and LT there will be a reading week.

In ST there will be 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, 3rd edn, 2013; 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

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

Classification % of students
First 6.3
2:1 53.2
2:2 30.4
Third 3.8
Fail 6.3

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2015/16: 28

Average class size 2015/16: 14

Capped 2015/16: Yes (30)

Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (LT)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills