Module title: Introduction to Criminology

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC07104
Module leader: Giuseppe Maglione
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Giuseppe Maglione
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO’s 1-5 Each taught element of the module uses a variety of teaching methods, including audio-visual resources and group discussions to foster student engagement. Each tutorial revolves around set readings. In order to prepare for tutorials, students will have to engage in independent learning if they are to extend their engagement with the module.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment takes place through feedback in tutorials. Examples of formative assessments to be undertaken are: mini multiple choice tests and feedback; One-Minute Papers and feedback; apply one theory to one real-life case study and feedback; facilitated group discussion on CJ practices’ pros and cons. This fosters students’ confidence and skills with the subject as well as confidence about expressing opinions in public. Additionally, feedback on the report (component 1) proposal may be used formatively to inform the study toward the class exam.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessments will comprise:
- A report proposal that requires students to select a crime to study, assesses the introductory criminological content of the module and focuses on the representation of crime (LO1 and LO3)
- A Centralised Timetabled Exam covering criminological theories, relationships between personal differences and criminal justice, and penal measures (LO’s 2, 4 and 5). This assesses students’ understanding of (LO2) main theoretical perspectives on crime and criminal justice, of key social divisions in relation to crime (LO4) as well as their competence in differentiating between the penal philosophies within the UK criminal justice system (LO5).

however, they will also be expected to engage with policy responses to youth crime (LO3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Online Guided independent study 11
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 114
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1,2 & 3 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 2,3,4 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module begins by looking at criminology as a discipline and examining different definitions of crime. The various different ways in which crime may be measured are explored, as are media representations of crime. The main criminological perspectives on crime and justice are investigated in order to assist with explaining why people commit crime and how society reacts to crime. Crime is contextualised within the wider social and political context and is examined in relation to gender, age, class and ethnicity. The module concludes with an overview of penal philosophies and an outline of the UK criminal justice system.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Describe the development of criminology and identify different definitions of crime.
LO2: Recognise key theoretical perspectives on crime and criminal justice.
LO3: Describe the ways in which crime may be measured and represented.
LO4: Identify key social divisions in relation to crime.
LO5: Differentiate between the penal philosophies within the UK criminal justice system.

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