Core Module Information
Module title: Understanding and Responding to Crime

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

Module code: SSC11124
Module leader: Andrew Wooff
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:

This is indicative content and may change from year to year based on staffing and student feedback:
This module provides a critical examination of the interweaving of politics, criminological theory and responses to crime (including but not limited to those in the criminal justice system). We begin with an overview of key criminological understandings of the causes of crime, setting the scene for theory which will be integrated throughout the module, before discussing the political dimensions of crime and the changing politics of crime control. The module then discusses policing and crime prevention, before addressing radical and recent ‘zemiological’ (the study of social harm) and abolitionist perspectives on crime. The module then considers policing, community safety, and criminal justice in their social, historical and political contexts, as well as policy developments in these fields and more radical and abolitionist perspectives. It concludes with a critical evaluation of ‘evidence-based’ responses to crime, helping to set the scene for you to start thinking about dissertation projects in Tri 2 and 3.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically reflect on the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of various responses to crime and harm;
LO2: Critically analyse the politics of crime control in their social context and how they have shaped responses to crime;
LO3: Evaluate the role of policing, criminal justice and multi-agency partnerships in responding to crime, reflecting on the historical, social, political and economic contexts;
LO4: Critically engage with the various theories, debates, practices, and evaluative studies on restorative, innovative and radical approaches to crime;
LO5: Develop abilities to recognize, formulate and elaborate specific research and policy related questions in responding to crime.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andrew Wooff
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Applying theory to practice will involve using innovative learning and teaching practices, for example using guest speakers and class discussion and case studies.

There is an emphasis throughout this module on the current theory (LO1), politics and social context of crime (LO2) and ability to evaluate and assess evidence underpinning the understanding and response to crime (LO4), with engagement with traditional as well as more radical and recent developments in the discipline.

The 2 hour Face to Face weekly seminars will be a mixture of input from staff and discussion on weekly readings and pre-assigned activities (eg in week 4 there will be a formative discussion on key readings). This will help you to evaluate the role of those responding to crime (LO3) and develop skills to be able to recognise and formulate specific research and policy questions (LO5).

Having small group discussion, engagement with examples and input from guests will provide an appreciation of the wide range of responses to crime. Critical, reflective and evaluative skills will be developed with reference to national and international literature and other media and classroom discussion and debate.

The formative opportunities in week 4 and 10 will support you in your summative assessments, but will also enable you to engage and evaluate the literature.

Formative Assessment:
Week 4: Facilitating discussion on academic articles, you will be assigned groups in week 3. You will be asked to look for two journal articles for the summative assessment and come along to class in week 4 prepared to discuss the material you have found and talk through the focus of their presentation. Staff will provide feedback on the topics you have chosen and support you with any questions you have regarding the presentation. This will feed forward in to the summative assessment in week 6.

Week 10: You will be able to bring along a plan for your summative report to class. Staff and peers will provide feedback on the topic and structure.

Feedback will also be provided on both summative assessments which can be used formatively.

Summative Assessment:
Group Presentations (20% - week 6, extra tutorial) [LOs 1&2] - you will work with other students and develop your group working skills to write and present a short presentation focused on theoretical and political understanding of the development of responses to crime.

You will write a 2500 word report (80% - due week 13/14) on an aspect of responses to crime in the community (drawing on weeks 4-10), analysing a policy or practice issue from a critical perspective [LOs 3, 4, 5]. A provisional list of topics will be given in advance.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 20
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 1
Independent Learning Guided independent study 179
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 20 1 and 2 6 HOURS= 00.00
Report 80 3, 4 and 5 13 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC11124 Understanding and Responding to Crime