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Undergraduate Course: Criminology (LAWS10056)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will enable students to develop a critical understanding of theories concerned with crime, the institutions of law enforcement and criminal justice, and crime control.

The course will expose students to a variety of criminological perspectives and aims to develop your capabilities for engaging in critical evaluation of different arguments and the development of independent learning skills. Students will be asked to apply what they have learnt in thinking about major trends in crime and the developed world. Theory and policy are brought together in the discussion of topical issues in, for example, policing, surveillance, crime prevention, white collar crime, and societal responses to offenders.
Course description The first semester will provide an overview of the origins of criminology and will explore some of the major theories which seek to explain and interpret key issues, questions and trends in the contemporary study of crime.

In the second semester, students will consider some of the challenges for contemporary criminology in explaining and responding to developments in crime control and criminal justice in ┐late modernity┐. Theory and policy are brought together in the discussion of topical issues such as policing, new technologies of crime and control, the criminology of atrocity and the concept of ┐social harm┐.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 351 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester One: Essay counting for 30% of final grade

Semester Two: Exam counting for 70% of final grade
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have gained an understanding of the origins and scope of criminological arguments.
  2. Recognise the range of questions and problems that have shaped modern criminology.
  3. Assess critically the central concepts and claims of key theoretical perspectives.
  4. Appreciate the nature of theory and explanation in criminology.
  5. Evaluate the capacity of modern criminological theory to explain developments in crime and social control under contemporary conditions.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The first seminar will take place on Tuesday 19th September 2017; 11am-1pm.
In Semester One - in Room 3.3, Lister Building
In Semester Two - in Room 2.3 Lister Building.
The Lister Building is located on Roxburgh Place.
KeywordsCriminology,law enforcement,crime,criminal justice,crime control
Course organiserDr Fiona Jamieson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5567
Course secretaryMs Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
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