Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 16 hours - two one hour lectures per week
Seminars / Tutorials 3 hours - three one hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment one two thousand word assessed essay required in week 10  100%
Supplementary Assessment By retaking the failed element 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain and critically evaluate the process of theoretical development within the discipline
2. Explain and critically evaluate the process of development of political aspects of the discipline
3. Explain and critically evaluate the process of development of legal aspects of the discipline
4. Explain and critically evaluate the process of development of scientific aspects of the discipline
5. Display an ability to read, investigate and evaluate historical data
6. Find, read and evaluate the sources of information in this area and the problems with their use.

Brief description

This module will provide a detailed consideration of the development of criminology as a discipline. It will map out and explore movements in thinking, why they arise and become powerfully accepted and how they fall into disrepute. It will explore the major themes such as individual as opposed to structural theories and determinism and free choice in their historical context. It will also introduce students to historical sources, how to use them and problems with their use.


Major Themes and their Historical Context
Individual v. structural theories
Determinism v free choice
Truth and politics
Traditional Representations of Crime over Time
Scientific Analysis of Crime in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
The Emergence of a Positive Science of the Criminal
The establishment and development of a criminological Discipline

Reading List

Recommended Text
Rafter, N The Origins of Criminology Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6