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: Rebecca Foster
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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

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
2023/4, Trimester 1, In Person,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andrew Wooff
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 20
Online 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 1~2 6 HOURS= 1
Report 80 3~4~5 13 , WORDS= 1
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

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