Module title: Current Topics in Crime

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC11111
Module leader: Stephanie Fohring
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science
Prerequisites

n/a

2018/9, 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: Stephanie Fohring
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs1-4 the module will be delivered through seminars led by invited guest speakers and staff members, each focussing on a specific current theme in applied criminology and forensic psychology. After each presentation a Q&A session will be held, in order to allow students to critically engage with the features, boundaries, issues related to the specific topic covered. The format allows for students’ encounter with cutting-edge and currently debated topics falling within the research or practical expertise of guest speakers and staff members. In week 13 seminars will be students-led, i.e. students will choose and present one current issue/debate/challenge/subject, directly relevant to their master dissertation.




Formative Assessment:
LOs 1-4: Student will engage in formative assessments, either individually with guest speakers or teaching staff members within the context of the seminars

Summative Assessment:
LOs 1-4: The first summative assessment component [60%] will consist of an essay of 2500 words on one current issue/debate/challenge/subject in applied criminology or forensic psychology analysed and discussed during the lectures held by guest speakers or teaching staff members.
The second summative assessment [40%] will consist of a 20 minute oral presentation on one current issue/debate/challenge/subject to be chosen by students.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 60 1-4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Oral Presentation 40 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 0.20, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Current issues, debates, challenges and subjects in applied criminology and forensic psychology could include for example: managerialism and criminal justice; victims’ rights and protection; offender profiling; privatisation of prisons; male domestic violence; globalisation, terrorism and human rights; recent developments in youth justice; recent developments in restorative justice theories and practices (victim-offender mediation); power dynamics in criminal justice; ‘crimmigration’; identity fraud; lie detection; personality and crime; biological approaches in psychology. Where relevant, topics will be underpinned by explanations of offending behaviour and victimisation. The module content will flexibly adhere to the different policy/practical developments at a national and international level.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Conceptualise and critically appraise the main, current issues, debates, challenges and controversies in applied criminology and forensic psychology;
LO2: Develop advanced abilities to recognize, formulate and elaborate specific research and policy related questions in the field;
LO3: Generate ideas about key controversies in the field, also engaging in critical dialogue with experts;
LO4: Critically engage with a wide range of research methodologies and theoretical frameworks in applied criminology and forensic psychology.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - ADLER, J. R. & GRAY, J. M. (2010) FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY: CONCEPTS, DEBATES AND PRACTICE: WILLAN, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9781843929307
Core - DAVIES, G. & BEECH, A. (2012) FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY: CRIME, JUSTICE, LAW, INTERVENTIONS: WILEY, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9781119991
Core - PAKES, F. (2012) GLOBALISATION AND THE CHALLENGE TO CRIMINOLOGY: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780415686075
Core - RUGGIERO, V., SOUTH, N., TAYLOR, I. (2002) THE NEW EUROPEAN CRIMINOLOGY: ROUTLEDGE, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9780415162937
Core - SHOHAM, SG, KNEPPER, P., KETT, M. (2010) INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF CRIMINOLOGY: ROUTLEDGE, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9781420085518
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