Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Critical and Radical Criminology
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
CR12430 or LC12220 CT12220, CT/LC222220, CT/LC32220
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   unseen exam  50%
Semester Assessment Essay  2500 words  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   unseen exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2500 words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the major theories, perspectives, and concepts in the study of critical and radical criminologies.

2. Identify how critical criminologies differ from traditional and mainstream approaches to the study of crime and criminality.

3. Describe how critical theories view crime and deviance as socially and legally constructed concepts.

4. Explain how critical criminologies account for the emergence and development of crime control policies.

5. Identify the key dynamics, processes and problems facing contemporary critical perspectives in criminology.

6. Display an awareness of how official and unofficial structures and processes of law enforcement and punishment are influenced by political, philosophical and ideological factors.

7. Analyse and evaluate the extent to which critical theories challenge or support contemporary policies designed to reduce crime and manage the ‘crime problem’?

8. Appreciate the contribution feminist perspectives have made to critical criminology.

Brief description

Criminology is a subject which interacts with governmental, political and power structures. This module assesses the extent to which these impact on crime, criminals and victims and whether they should be considered as causing rather than solving the problem. It will therefore explore the role of the State in managing crime problems, the role of the media and gender perspectives. It will also consider punishment and issues such as abolitionism and the use of rehabilitation as an assimilationist tool.


Introduction to critical perspectives.

Early conflict theories.

Marxist criminology.

Radical criminology.

Left realism.

Cultural criminology.

Feminist perspectives.

Critical race theory and intersectionality.

Green criminology.


Restorative justice and conflict resolution.

Narrative criminology.

Peacekeeping criminology.

Critical perspectives applied to: crime policy; policing; penal reform; offender interventions.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Understanding and evaluating relevant quantitative research data will be a part of the module, at least in relation to certain theories.
Communication Oral communication skills will be encouraged and honed in seminars and also in lectures (not assessed). Written communication skills will be practised through note taking both in lectures and private study and in formal submission of written work in assignments and examinations.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be expected to read selected texts and from these materials build on their lectures and test their own learning, especially in seminars. This will enable them to take more control over their learning and to locate problem areas which they will be supported in overcoming.
Information Technology Preparation for seminars, the assignments and the examination will all require use of the library databases and other electronic databases. Students will be referred to useful urls and be encouraged to retrieve data electronically (not assessed). Students will submit their assessed work on Turnitin.
Personal Development and Career planning Enhanced capacity for independent and critical thought. Good time-management skills in preparing for seminars and submitting work on time
Problem solving Students will be studying legal, theoretical and sociological sources to ascertain how these interplay to solve some difficult issues of law and crime control.
Research skills Students will be expected to locate material both on line and in the library and to use these materials for assignments and seminar preparations. They will be encouraged to develop individual research skills in order to perform these tasks effectively.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work As well as individual work, the seminars will involve team work tasks allowing students to support each other in interactive learning.


This module is at CQFW Level 6