Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Crime Control and Prevention
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 Reflective Journal *1 (500 words)  25%
Semester Assessment Reflective Journal *2 (500 words)  25%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  50%
Supplementary Assessment 750 word critical review of a journal article  Re-sit for Reflective Journal (Article to be assigned based on themes covered in seminars)  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.  50%

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

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Students will read selected texts and from these materials test their own learning by applying them to particular problems. This will permit them to take more control over their learning and to identify problems which they will be supported in managing.
Students will be expected to locate both electronic and library based materials and to use these materials for assignments and seminar preparations. They will be supported and encouraged to build individual research skills in order to perform these tasks effectively.
As well as individual work, the seminars will involve team work tasks allowing students to support each other in a supportive interactive learning environment.
Understanding and evaluating relevant quantitative research data will be an important part of the module
Preparation for seminars, the assignments and the examination will all require use of the library databases and other electronic databases. Students will be referred to useful urls and be encouraged to retrieve data electronically. Students will be encouraged to prepare their assignment electronically.
Oral communication skills will be encouraged in and honed in seminars and also in lectures. Written communication skills will be practiced through note taking both in lectures and private study and in formal submission of written work in assignments and examinations.
Enhanced capacity for independent and critical thought. Good time-management skills in preparing for seminars and submitting work on time.
Students will be looking at political, legal and practical resources and examining how these might be used to improve crime control. This will involve analysis of problems and how to solve them


This module is at CQFW Level 4