Module title: International and Comparative Criminology (MBA)

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

Module code: SSC11403
Module leader: Jamie Buchan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

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

2020/1, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jamie Buchan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will provide the opportunity for you to apply new knowledge within the context of your professional experience, reflecting on and learning from your prior experience and knowledge, and developing abilities to apply this to new situations. You will be taught how to analyse and compare crime and criminal justice policies, including transnational crime and justice, and to develop your interpersonal skills, to be able to interact effectively with a range of other international students. This module also develops in you an active approach to studying and the capacity for independent learning.

You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with diagnostic feedback) for each unit will engage you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent groups and to interact via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) through discussion forums.

To support your learning, you will have access to module specific materials which will comprise the following: a module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points; ten subject specific units; narrated PowerPoint slides, covering key learning points for each unit; podcasts and/or videos which further explain key concepts (where appropriate); recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate); case studies and outline solutions; two online discussions moderated by the online tutor; self-assessment questions (with automated feedback); reflective exercises; end of unit progress tests; links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc. Examples of assessments and outline solutions and a database of Frequently Asked Questions.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided to you throughout the module via feedback on the self-assessment questions and case studies, both of which will have outline solutions developed by the module leader. This will enable you to self-assess your progress and understanding. Appropriate online feedback will be available automatically and immediately after the assessment is completed. Reflective exercises within each unit will provide you with the opportunity to apply the theory to your own practice / experience to support your personal and professional development – your reflections will be captured in an online reflective portfolio which you will be able to review and print.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be provided throughout the module in the form of one component, with two elements. Firstly, ten end of unit progress tests (which also offers formative feedback) (10%), and the final assessment which contributes the remaining module marks (90%).

The End of Unit progress test will consist of ten questions at the end of each of the ten units.
The final module assessment will be a 4,000 word assignment that explores the relationship between theory and practice in international and comparative criminology and criminal justice.

Sample assessments will be available together with model answers and marking schemes to facilitate self-assessment of your knowledge and understanding, and identification of areas of weakness to aid your preparation for the assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 191
Online Seminar 4
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 10 1-3 14/15 HOURS= 5
Essay 90 1-6 14/15 , WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will examine crime and control from a comparative and international perspective.

International criminology examines the complex, interconnected relationship between local and transnational crime concerns, emphasising the global economic, political and cultural processes in its development. The first part of the module aims to engage students 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. The key actors and institutions involved in the policing and management of global crime along with some of the major issues and difficulties involved in this task will be critically assessed.

Comparative criminology analyses crime and its responses in a number of jurisdictions. The second part of the module will analyse different forms of crime (e.g. gun crime in the US, corruption in transitional states) and responses to them in various jurisdictions, including Anglo-America, Scandinavia and low crime countries such as Japan. The impact of historical, social, political and cultural factors will be emphasised throughout, along with the organisation of criminal justice systems and key actors and institutions. 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:

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.

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