Core Module Information
Module title: Current Topics in Crime

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

Module code: SSC11111
Module leader: Estelle Zinsstag
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Current issues, debates, challenges and subjects in applied criminology and forensic psychology could include for example: narcissism; managerialism and criminal justice; victims rights and protection; stop and search policies; offender profiling; privatisation of prisons; domestic violence; globalisation, terrorism and human rights; recent developments in youth justice; recent developments in restorative justice theories and practices; green criminology; suicide; 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.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Estelle Zinsstag
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 12
Online Seminar 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC11111 Current Topics in Crime