Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Contemporary Issues in Criminology
Academic Year
Semester 2
CR12430 / TR12430 / LA39220 / GF39220 - Elements of / Intro to Criminology
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  3000 words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  3000 words  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 a wide variety of contemporary issues in criminology.

2. Explain how crime, deviance, and victimisation 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. Explain how discussions relating to 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. Assess the merits of competing theories, policies and intellectual approaches concerned with a range of contemporary issues in criminology.

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

9. Display a reflective approach to various contemporary issues facing criminology and show a critical understanding of analytical methods.

10. Communicate the contemporary theories of and associated research in criminology effectively to diverse audiences.


Criminology is a fast moving area of social-science and this module enables students to study in depth contemporary aspects as they arise. It is to be heavily led by current issues and by areas of research of members of the teaching staff.

Brief description

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.


This will be flexible in order to keep up-to-date with alterations in criminology but, currently, would include areas such as:
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 on the internet
Crime and penal heritage sites


This module is at CQFW Level 6