Module title: Violence and Society

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

Module code: SSC09113
Module leader: Christine Haddow
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

SSC07104 - Introduction to Criminology or An introductory course to criminology/criminological theory.

2019/0, Trimester 1, 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: Christine Haddow
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The lectures and tutorials will use a range of methods to encourage student participation and critical thinking (audio-visual; group discussions and debates; reflective learning; media). Students will engage with theoretical frameworks and learn to apply them to debates on violent crime to develop their understanding (LOs 1-6). Students will be expected to access shared resources and module information via Moodle.

Formative Assessment:
The module will include three opportunities for formative assessment:
1. One tutorial will provide formative assessment of students’ developing critical media analysis skills. Students will be required to select a media source (this will not be the source used in the final report) and bring this to class having completed a preliminary critical analysis of the source. Students will then provide peer to peer feedback on their work in small groups, with input from the module leader.

2. One tutorial will provide formative assessment of students’ skills in applying and critically evaluating relevant theories in relation to media sources. This will require students to select a media source (this will not be the source used in the final report) and bring this to class. In small groups they will be required to consider which theoretical explanations for violence are relevant to their sources, to apply these theories to the information presented in the source and to critically evaluate the ability of the theories chosen to explain the violence in their source. Students will then be required to select one source among their group and present their analysis to the class for comment.

3. One tutorial will provide formative feedback on students’ report plans. Students will have an opportunity to bring in their report plans for one-to-one verbal feedback from the module leader.

Summative Assessment:
Students will complete one summative assessment at the end of the module. The assessment is a report of 3000 words which requires students to select a single media source on a violent incident or violent offender. They are first required to critically evaluate media the representations of the type of violence presented in their chosen source. They are then required to identify, apply and critically assess relevant theoretical understandings of the violence depicted in their chosen source. In doing so, reports should draw on academic literature and research about the extent, nature and theoretical explanations of violent crime.

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
Report 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module begins with an examination of the definitions of violence and the ways in which it is measured and represented. You will continue by considering the theoretical explanations of violence and apply these to various forms of violence, for example, interpersonal, institutional, state and corporate. You will study a range of forms of violence in depth e.g. topics like sexual violence, domestic violence, ‘hate’ crime, homicide, democide. You will also examine the treatment and punishment of violent offenders and evaluate aims to prevent violent crime. The module will draw on case studies of violent offenders as illustrative examples.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Evaluate approaches of measuring and researching violence.
LO2: Critically reflect on representations of violence.
LO3: Apply and evaluate the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed to explain different forms of violent crime.
LO4: Debate some of the major contemporary issues in criminology related to violent crime.
LO5: Critically reflect on responses to violent offending.
LO6: Demonstrate a development of skills in critical thinking and forming/communicating arguments.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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