Module title: Criminological Theory

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC08106
Module leader: Shane Horgan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

SSC07104 - Introduction to Criminology

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: Katrina Morrison
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-5 - Each taught element of the unit uses a variety of teaching methods, including audio-visual resources, discussion and activity 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:
LO1-5 Formative assessment will take place through the embedded presentations of their reading and precis of complex material in tutorials. Oral feedback will be given by the tutor.

In addition, the first summative assessment also includes an element of formative assessment, through individual feedback on essays which comment on students’ progress towards the intended Learning Outcomes.

Summative Assessment:
LO 1-5 will be summatively assessed through an essay of the student's own choosing from a selection of questions and an end of module examination.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1-5 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Major criminological perspectives - Beccaria, Bentham and Classicism; Lombroso and early Individual Positivism; Merton and traditional structural theories; The Chicago School and the mixing of research methods; The Mertonian tradition and American subcultural theory; Radical and Marxist criminology; The British Subcultural theories; Psychology and the individual; Crime and the Right; The Left Realist critique; Late and Post Modern criminologies; Cultural criminology and the neglect of background factors.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Discuss the main theoretical perspectives in criminology
LO2: Explore the application of criminological theory to examples of crime and deviance
LO3: Identify the links between theory, research and policy
LO4: Compare definitions of crime, for whom it is a problem, and the roles of the media and statistical sources.
LO5: Appreciate the contested nature of the main theoretical positions of sociological and psychological criminology.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC08106 Criminological Theory