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
2022/3, 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:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
LOS 1-6: The module will be delivered through a combintation of pre-recorded content and synchronous sessions for discussion and activities. You will develop the ability to apply theoretical frameworks to comparative and international criminal justice issues and will draw on contemporary practice to inform debates on effectiveness. You will also be supported in pursuing a significant level of independent study with the aim of developing active learning skills. Teaching materials will be made available to you via Moodle.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The module will develop your active study and research skills. The use of written assignments and group discussions will assist you to effectively communicate sound academic arguments.
You will gain theoretical understanding of criminal justice practice in a global context and develop skills in the evaluation of contemporary practice and crime concerns through the completion of an essay and a policy report. This will enable your engagement with relevant, contemporary theoretical, conceptual and policy issues.

Formative Assessment:
LO 1-6: You will have the opportunity to engage in formative assessments, either individually with members of the teaching team or within the supportive environment of the seminar group. Formative exercises include group-work and discussion, your presentations, the opportunity to receive feedback on a plan of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
LO 1-3: For the first summative assessment, you will be required to produce a 2000 word essay involving a critical analysis and discussion of an aspect of international criminology which will assess your understanding of theory and practice in a transnational context.
LO 3-6: For the second summative assessment, you will be required to produce a 2000 word policy report involving a critical analysis of a criminal justice policy which will assess your understanding of international and transnational crime and control in the context of globalisation.
LO 1-6: Both summative assessments bring together the directed and independent scholarly activities of critical thinking and analysis.

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