Crime and Justice

University of Stirling

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Crime and Justice

  • Host University

    University of Stirling

  • Location

    Stirling, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Criminology, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    CRMU9T4 is designed to introduce students to the subject of criminology, tracing some of the major themes that
    arise within this discipline. The module begins with an overview of the development of criminology and provides
    an in-depth critique of criminological theory before examining the two major avenues by which the public obtain
    information about crime - the media and official statistics. The image of criminals presented in these sources - in
    particular, the criminal as a young, lower class, ethnic minority male - are then questioned through an examination
    of bias and discrimination in the criminal justice system. This examination extends to the processes that produce
    our definitions of crime and the broader social and political context within which this crime occurs. The module
    concludes with an assessment of what we know about crime and the implications of this knowledge for the
    development of crime prevention policy.
    Students will develop the ability to take each theoretical perspective and look at issues of objectivity, values and
    the role of the criminologist in explaining the causes and consequences of behaviour defined as criminal. Students
    will be expected to demonstrate and develop skills in the critical understanding, analysis and communication of
    theoretical concepts that will be a major focus of the discussion sessions and assessment. Students will also
    develop skills in debating fundamental questions about order and control in society with reference to gender,
    class, the media, power and the state.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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