Module Identifier CR31620  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Gareth Norris  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Miss Katherine S Williams, Professor Alan H Clarke  
Pre-Requisite CR10120 OR LA39220  
Course delivery Lecture   30 hours - two one hour and one two hour lecture per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 3000 word assignment 3000 word assignment required in week 11  100%
Supplementary Assessment by retaking failed element   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Analyse various criminological problems and their resolutions both at a practical and theoretical level.
2. Analyse and evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the enforcement provisions for each issue.
3. Explain and analyse the interaction between criminological theory and policy.
4. Analyse and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of research in the areas being studied
5. Explain and analyse the interaction between policy and research.
6. Demonstrate an awareness of the fluid nature of the discipline


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
The CSI Effect
Does the Media Cause Criminality?
Psychology and Terrorism


This module is at CQFW Level 6