Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
International Perspectives of Green Criminology
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation and discussion facilitation  (30 minutes)  30%
Semester Assessment Portfolio Assessment  (4,000 words)  70%
Supplementary Assessment Plan for presentation  (PowerPoint slides and 2,000 word rationale) Plan for presentation and rationale on how that would be delivered along with how debate could be facilitated  30%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio Assessment  (4,000 words)  70%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Have an in-depth understanding of the theoretical approaches that underpin Green Criminology

2. Have an in-depth understanding of international perspectives of Green Criminology

3. Provide an analytical account of the contested definitions of environmental crimes and harms;

4. Critically evaluate a range of theoretical perspectives on environmental crimes and harms

5. Construct and facilitate a discussion on a topical area within Green Criminology​

Brief description

There is no doubt that the world is facing an unprecedented climate emergency. Current debates within Criminology are adopting a Green perspective, offering a means of discussion and critical analysis on which to provide solutions and contribute to public policy. This module will introduce students to the main theoretical approaches associated with Green Criminology, putting particular emphasis on international perspectives and solutions to the climate crisis. In addition, the module will present the concepts of environmental harm vs environmental law, analysing the contribution of current policies at a local, national and international level. Green Criminology is central to students understanding of a changing world, and this module will explore the complex dependancy between humans, nature, the changing climate and its relationship to harm and crime.


An Introduction to Green Criminology

Key Definitions and Debates

Climate change and Environmental Damage

Environmental Crime Vs Environmental Harm

Organised Crime and Environmental Crime

Transnational Environmental Crime and Climate Refugees

Green Criminology and Protest

Environmental crime in the UK: a local focus

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will be expected to present to a professional standard when delivering their assessed presentation. They will also be expected to fully engage with all discussions and debates, which will be the cornerstone of each seminar. They will also be expected to demonstrate a high level of academic writing and referencing ability, producing written work to a high standard. Their assignment will be in the style of a portfolio which will allow students to highlight their best work and display accomplishments, skills and potential.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will need to demonstrated both of these qualities when facilitating discussions and debates with their colleagues (which will also be practiced through the module seminars, before they are assessed). This whole module will focus on the very real threat of the climate emergency to humanity as well as what the world is trying to do about it. Arguably, there is no bigger threat to humanity than the climate emergency, which will present a very real word sense to the whole content and teaching of this module.
Information Technology Students will be expected to add resources to the course wiki, as they find them, to enhance learning and show personal research, access materials from Blackboard, and use technology to enhance their presentation and portfolio (using such programmes as Powerpoint or Prezi).
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be expected to maintain a reflective approach throughout this module in order to show the development in their own attitude and understanding of environmental and Green Criminology debates. This can then be applied in the portfolio as they will be expected to reflect on their own learning as part of this mode of assessment.
Problem solving Students will need to identify an area on which to present, identify how to best facilitate debate among course colleagues, and manage this while in progress. The portfolio will also require them to think creatively about the module, as the way in which they decide to demonstrate their learning will be their responsibility with this mode of assessment.
Research skills Throughout this module, students will be required to be critical of research, government policy and practice, and proposals for future solutions within Green Criminology. This requires a far more nuanced and wider skills set and and ability in critical analysis and debate than is required in an undergraduate module.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work The seminars for this module will require students to debate and discuss controversial issues (which they will have researched) in a group setting, and to manage such a group activity for one of their assessments.


This module is at CQFW Level 7