Theoretical Foundations of Research in Law and Criminology

This module provides an overview and discussion of the theoretical underpinning of Law and Criminology as disciplines for study and research. It explains how the subject areas of law and ‘criminal science’ have been theorised and developed in Western discourse and indicates the main trends in contemporary critical debate and argument. By providing an insight and understanding of the underlying theoretical basis and structure of these subject areas, it enables researchers to gain an appreciation of the distinctive role and methods of Law and Criminology as disciplines in the broader fields of humanities and social science.