Not available in 2019/20
Crime and Society: Representations and Realities
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Leonidas Cheliotis OLD.2.51
This course is compulsory on the BSc in Criminology. This course is available on the BSc in International Social and Public Policy and BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
This is a first year course that offers a general introduction to some of the main subjects and ideas that are to be found in criminology, and that BSc Criminology students will encounter during throughout their degree. These subjects are taught in a critical manner, inviting students to challenge received wisdoms, general assumptions, and political claims. The second goal of the course is to enthuse the students; to offer them a glimpse of an exciting and stimulating programme ahead, not least by using a variety of media for presentations and as the basis for discussion, and in a series of practical tasks linked to particular subjects.
Indicative lecture content
1. What is Criminology?
2. What is crime?
3. Crime in the media
4. Crime and politics
5. What is happening to crime?
6. Who commits crime?
7. How we deal with crime I: formal social control
8. How we deal with crime II: informal social control
9. How do we prevent crime?
10. Victims and crime
11. Crime and the powerful
12. What is criminal justice?
13. Policing and its history
14. Policing: Is it effective?
15. Theories of punishment
16. A brief history of punishment
17. Thinking about prisons
18. Understanding crime: what’s the point of theory?
19. Criminology and social policy – ideas in practice
20. Crime, punishment and the future
10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.
Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in the MT and LT.
Harding, J., Davies, P. and Mair, G. (2017) An Introduction to Criminal Justice, London: Sage
Newburn, T. (2009) Criminology: Key Readings, Cullompton: Willan
Newburn, T. (2017) Criminology, London: Routledge
Newburn, T. (2018) Criminology: A very short introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open University (2016) Criminology Beyond Crime, Free course
Roberts, J.V. (2015) Criminal Justice: A very short introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Essay (40%, 1500 words) in the ST.
Project (40%, 1000 words) and presentation (20%) in the LT.
Summative assessment has three elements: a 1500 word essay (40%); a project studying social control out on London's streets (40%); and a presentation (20%)
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2018/19: Unavailable
Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable
Capped 2018/19: No
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Application of information skills