Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 6 hours - 3 x 2 hour seminars
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week (part of 30 hrs allocation)
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week (part of 30 hrs allocation)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   unseen exam  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   unseen exam  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Display an understanding of the major theories, concepts, values, debates, principles, and approaches relating to social control and its application to crime and the prevention of crime.

2. Identify the key issues, policies, processes, institutions, actors, and debates surrounding the control of crime and the prevention of crime.

3. Explain and analyse the interaction between the key theories of crime control and prevention and their implementation in policy and practice.

4. Explain how discussions relating to the control crime and its prevention are utilised on a local, national, and international basis and their impact upon political, media and popular opinion in this area.

5. Analyse and explain how the interaction between criminological theory and policy decisions in the area of crime control and prevention.

6. Identify the key dynamics, processes and problems facing crime control and prevention.

7. Explain how approaches to crime control and prevention help us to understand and influence crime and its effects, and how this is in turn influenced by other theories.

8. Display an understanding of specific elements of crime control and prevention initiatives and relating it to the wider discipline and its associated aims.

9. Assess the merits of competing theories, policies and intellectual approaches to crime control and prevention.

10. Display an understanding of how criminological research should be read and critically analysed.

11. Display a reflective approach to the area of crime control and crime prevention and show a critical understanding of analytical methods.

12. Communicate theories and research in crime control and prevention effectively to diverse audiences.

13. Draw inferences from policy and recognise the constraints of policy implementation and its effectiveness in crime control and prevention.

Brief description

In this module students will be exposed to a number of theoretical and philosophical perspectives on social control in general and crime control in particular. Emphasis will be placed on how the criminal justice system and its various agencies operate in order to enforce the law, maintain social order, tackle crime and protect the public.


This module aims to provide students with a proper understanding of the basic principles of crime control, enforcement and prevention and an awareness of the differences between these terms and the strategies which may be used to achieve each. The module also develops analytical skills and will foster interdisciplinary methodologies.



  • Reductionist, retributivist and restorative principles in criminal justice;
  • (Fundamentals of punishment: retribution, restorative justice,
  • rehabilitation, welfare etc.
  • Sociological approaches to understanding power, punishment and
  • control.
  • Controlling crime and deviance: behavioural and social perspectives.

  • Crime prevention and reduction: theory, policy and practice.
  • Developmental, situational and social crime prevention strategies
  • Community safety: surveillance and monitoring
  • Policing: policy, politics and practice
  • Multi-agency policing
  • Probation: care, control and community punishment


This module is at CQFW Level 4