Undergraduate Course: Criminology (LAWS10056)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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¿.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have gained an understanding of the origins and scope of criminological arguments.
- Recognise the range of questions and problems that have shaped modern criminology.
- Assess critically the central concepts and claims of key theoretical perspectives.
- Appreciate the nature of theory and explanation in criminology.
- Evaluate the capacity of modern criminological theory to explain developments in crime and social control under contemporary conditions.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Criminology,law enforcement,crime,criminal justice,crime control
|Course organiser||Dr Fiona Jamieson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5567