Crime Control: Ideas and Controversies

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr. Leonidas Cheliotis, OLD.2.51


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 purpose of the course is to provide students with an understanding of, and critical perspective on, key debates in contemporary crime control policy. The course examines the emergent features of current responses to problems of crime and social order, focusing in particular on issues such as: policing and security; crime prevention and surveillance; youth, crime and control; and punishment. Attention is given to both historical and comparative perspectives, as well as to the methodological issues associated with the empirical study of crime control, together with analyses of developments in current government policy.


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 classes in the ST.

Lectures x 20; Classes x 19, MT and LT, plus one revision class (ST).

Formative coursework

One essay per term (MT and LT) will be required. 

Indicative reading

The three primary texts for the course are: M Maguire, R Morgan and R Reiner, The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, 6th ed, 2017; and, T Newburn, Criminology, 3rd ed, 2017, and R. King and E. Wincup, Doing Research on Crime and Justice 2nd ed, 2010. In addition, students might wish to consult: D Garland, The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society, 2001; T Newburn, Handbook of Policing, 2008; N Tilley, Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 2005; D Gilling, Crime Reduction and Community Safety: Labour and the Politics of Local Crime Control, 2008; J Muncie, Youth and Crime, 2009; W Taylor, R Earle and R Hester, Youth Justice Handbook: Theory, Policy and Practice, 2010; and D. Gadd et al., The Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods, 2012.


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

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
First 19.4
2:1 67.7
2:2 12.9
Third 0
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2017/18: 15

Average class size 2017/18: 15

Capped 2017/18: Yes (15)

Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: One Unit

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