Module title: History of Crime, Correction & Reform

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC09112
Module leader: John Burnett
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Burnett
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO 1-6 Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster student engagement. Tutorial tasks are used to ensure a balanced approach to learning and development is being adopted. A range of material will be made available on Moodle to facilitate the completion of tutorial tasks and assist and guide the students in their independent learning.

Formative Assessment:
LO1-6 Students discuss relevant material in tutorials using research questions, core and additional reading material and tutorial tasks provided beforehand. Group discussion provides for formative feedback. Moreover, the practise of public speaking and voicing opinions builds student confidence.

Summative Assessment:
LO 1-6 Summative assessment in the form of a written exam tests the ability of students to reflect on different aspects of the module. The exam is designed to ensure that content from across the module is covered. Oral and written communication skills are developed in formative assessment in tutorials and summative assessment.

Students will work in small groups, choose one of the primary sources made available by the tutor and prepare an evaluative report. Their critical reflections and analysis will be outlined in a 1500 word report illustrating:
a) Some strengths and weaknesses of the primary source in general terms for shedding light on the past
b) Specific aspects of the document that merit further analysis
c) The significance of the issues raised in particular parts of the document and
d) Key aspects of historical context that should be taken into account when evaluating this document in order to arrive at a more meaningful analysis.

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
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 70 1,2,4 & 6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Report 30 3 & 5 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Typically, the module will include themes from some of the following areas:
Rural crime, protest and policing; crime, poverty and social protest; gender, crime and sexual violence; youth crime in the nineteenth century and the concept of 'juvenile delinquency'; crimes of land and labour: workplace crime; detection and prevention: the old police and the new; changing methods of punishment and reform; criminological aspects of race and ethnicity.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
L01: Critically reflect on contentious issues and debates on key themes in historical criminology.
L02: Critically evaluate the extensive secondary literature on the histories of crime, policing and punishment
L03: Demonstrate an awareness of how to analyse primary source material relating to crime, correction and reform.
L04: Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of theory and historiography in the writing of history.
L05: Engage in source criticism, discussion and understanding of the scope and variety of sources in exploring historical aspects to crime, correction and reform.
LO6: Develop study, computing, written and oral communication skills.

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