Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Readings in Criminology
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 2 Hour Seminars
Lecture 2 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation  50%
Semester Assessment Essay  of 1500 words required in week 12.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  - if presentation element failed  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  of 1500 words - if essay element failed  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Read confidently over all the major disciplines involved in Criminology.

2. Display an understanding of the major theories, concepts, values, debates, principles and approaches in the study of criminology and of how crime, deviance and victimisation are socially and legally constructed.

3. Identify key issues, policies, processes, institutions, actors and debates in deviance, crime, law and criminology.

4. Display a reflective approach to the discipline and a critical understanding of analytical methods.

5. Display and understanding of how social science research should be read and critically analysed.

6. Critically assess the way in which official and unofficial structures, methods and processes of criminal law, law enforcement and punishment systems operate in the control and prevention of deviance and crime in the areas studied.

7. Relate criminological theory to policy debates and to use these to analyse such policy and practice.

8. Identify the key dynamics, processes and problems facing contemporary criminology, law and the legal system.

9. Explain and analyse the interaction between criminological theory and policy decisions in the area of crime and punishment.

10. Evaluate data drawn from disparate disciplines.

11. Analyse the way in which the different disciplines interact within the study of criminology.

Brief description

Each week students will be asked to read a set text or collection of texts or to prepare for a discussion. The contact sessions will be used to enable students to develop their understanding of those texts. Students are expected to invest time in reading around the subject. Students may be asked to work in groups.


The study of criminology requires an ability to read and digest many different types of research material from a number of disciplines. This module aims to help students in their quest to achieve the requisite skills.


The exact content alters each year.


This module is at CQFW Level 4