- Dr Zoe James (Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor - Plymouth University)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminar||7 x 1 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Written Report 3000 word reflective report||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Group Oral Presentation 20 minute group presentation||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit Written Report Resubmit missing or failed 3000 word reflective report||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit Oral Assessment Resubmit missing or failed oral assessment as a 2000 word essay||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Critically review the major theories, concepts, values, debates, principles, and approaches relating to a wide variety of contemporary issues in criminology.
2.Critically evaluate the concepts of crime, deviance, and victimisation and how these are socially and legally constructed, with reference to contemporary issues in criminology.
3.Identify the key issues, policies, processes, institutions, actors, and debates surrounding contemporary and newly emerging issues in criminology.
4.Critically discuss contemporary criminological issues are utilised on a local, national, and international basis and their impact upon political, media and popular opinion in this area.
5.Identify the key dynamics, processes and problems facing contemporary criminological theory and practice.
6.Explain how approaches to criminology help us to understand and influence its effects, and how this is in turn influenced by other theories from related disciplines.
7.Recognise and evaluate the merits of competing theories, policies and intellectual approaches concerned with a range of contemporary issues in criminology.
8.Display a reflective approach to various contemporary issues facing criminology and show a critical understanding of analytical methods.
9.Communicate the contemporary theories of and associated research in criminology effectively to diverse audiences.
10. Transfer and apply diagnostic and creative skills and exercise significant judgement in a range of situations; and accept responsibility for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes.
The module will study in depth at least three areas of contemporary criminology. Each area will study theoretical, practical and research data. Each year the subject matter of the course will be chosen to reflect the broad basis of the discipline.
Mentoring - peer and adult
Computers, the Internet and criminology
Policing the Past - Reconstruction of Court Cases/Court Case reviews
Race and hate Crime
Resettlement of Offenders
ADHD and Crime / Impulsivity and Crime
Does the Media Cause Criminality?
Psychology and Terrorism
Media presentations of violent crime
Crime and penal heritage sites
9 x 2 hour lectures
7 x 1 hour seminars
1 x 2 hour workshop for presentation (before the seminars)
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Understanding and evaluating relevant quantitative research data will be a small part of the module.|
|Communication||Oral communication skills will be in lectures through interactive learning . Written communication skills will be practised through note taking both in lectures and private study and in formal submission of written work in assignments.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be encouraged to practise and test their own learning and ability to use and interact with the materials through interactive learning in lectures.|
|Information Technology||Preparation for the assignment will require use of the library databases and other electronic databases..|
|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||Much of the module involves the study of theories developed to explain certain types of behaviour. It also includes consideration of present means of control. Students will have to assess these and apply them in specific case studies.|
|Research skills||Criminology necessarily involves an interdisciplinary approach therefore students will be introduced to research tools in a number of different subject areas. They will be supported and encouraged develop research skills over these areas. They will be encouraged to read widely and to locate materials both in the library and on-line|
|Subject Specific Skills||Reading and understanding relevant materials in the field of Criminology.|
|Team work||This will be developed through exercises and problems set in seminars and through group presentation assessments.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6