Core Module Information
Module title: International and Comparative Criminology

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

Module code: SSC11113
Module leader: Kamau Wairuri
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


Description of module content:

The first part of the module aims to engage you in the critical analysis of local and global responses to crime concerns and will explore: cybercrime; organised/corporate crime; terrorism; drugs and crime; human trafficking; international/global policing.

The second part of the module aims to engage you in the critical analysis of specific responses to crime within different jurisdictions, including Anglo-America, Scandinavia and low crime countries such as Saudi Arabia and Japan. Topics will include: how to conduct comparative research on crime and control; comparing criminal justice systems; comparative criminal justice policy making; comparative penal politics; comparative youth justice; comparative responses to victimisation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Appraise the nature and variety of transnational crime behaviours and activities and the role of global economic, political and cultural processes that underpin them;
LO2: Critically reflect upon the difficulties involved in the delivery of crime management activities to organised crime and transnational crime problems;
LO3: Identify and critically appraise key theoretical approaches involved in the study of comparative and international criminology.
LO4: Critically evaluate differing patterns of criminal behaviour and its responses (political, institutional, and cultural) to crime in different jurisdictions;
LO5: Demonstrate a critical appraisal of the historical, social, political and cultural context of crime responses in different jurisdictions;
LO6: Critically engage with a wide range of research methodologies and theoretical frameworks in comparative criminological research.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, 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: Kamau Wairuri
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online On-demand Webinar 12
Face To Face 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 50 1-3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 50 3-6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC11113 International and Comparative Criminology