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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Sociology Short Name: SOCM032
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CONDRY RF Dr (Sociology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern
Module Overview
This module will focus upon some of the key theoretical perspectives that have been used to explore and explain patterns of crime, deviance and control in society.
Module Aims
Learning Outcomes
Module Content
The module will consist of 10 sessions: «br /»«br /»1. From Classical to Positivist Criminology «br /»2. Anomie, Strain and Adaptation«br /»3. Social Organization, Social Ecology & Environmental Criminology«br /»4. Interaction, Deviance and Labelling«br /»5. Rational Choice Criminologies«br /»6. Culture and Crime«br /»7. Radical Criminologies «br /»8. Feminist Criminologies «br /»9. Punishments and controls«br /»10. Imprisonment and incarceration«br /»
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Learning outcomes


Upon completion of the module students can expect to:


  • Have an advanced level of understanding of the ways in which different theories have sought to understand different types of crime, deviance and control.


  • Be familiar with the connections and distinctions that are present between these different theories.


  • Be aware of how theory can improve our understandings of the social problem of crime and the operations of the criminal justice system.



Selected Texts/Journals

Selected references


Downes, D. & P. Rock (2007) Understanding Deviance (5th ed.). OUP.


Garland , D. & R. Sparks (2000) Criminology and Social Theory. OUP.


Garland , D. (2001) The Culture of Control, OUP.


Muncie , J. et al. (1996) Criminological Perspectives. Sage.


Taylor, I. (1999) Crime in Context. Polity


Valier, C. (2002) Theories of Crime and Punishment. Sage


Walklate, S. (1998) Understanding Criminology. Open University Press.


Young, J. (1999) The Exclusive Society, Sage.


Last Updated
August 2009