Core Module Information
Module title: Introduction to Criminology

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

Module code: SSC07104
Module leader: Kirstin Anderson
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

The module begins by looking at criminology as a discipline and examining different definitions of crime and social harm. 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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, 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: Kirstin Anderson
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,3 7 , WORDS= 850
Class Test 50 1,2,4 14/15 HOURS= 00.45
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC07104 Introduction to Criminology