Crime and Justice
University of Stirling
Area of Study
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewCRMU9T4 is designed to introduce students to the subject of criminology, tracing some of the major themes thatarise within this discipline. The module begins with an overview of the development of criminology and providesan in-depth critique of criminological theory before examining the two major avenues by which the public obtaininformation about crime - the media and official statistics. The image of criminals presented in these sources - inparticular, the criminal as a young, lower class, ethnic minority male - are then questioned through an examinationof bias and discrimination in the criminal justice system. This examination extends to the processes that produceour definitions of crime and the broader social and political context within which this crime occurs. The moduleconcludes with an assessment of what we know about crime and the implications of this knowledge for thedevelopment of crime prevention policy.Students will develop the ability to take each theoretical perspective and look at issues of objectivity, values andthe role of the criminologist in explaining the causes and consequences of behaviour defined as criminal. Studentswill be expected to demonstrate and develop skills in the critical understanding, analysis and communication oftheoretical concepts that will be a major focus of the discussion sessions and assessment. Students will alsodevelop skills in debating fundamental questions about order and control in society with reference to gender,class, the media, power and the state.
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