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Module Title
Reference BS4268 Version 7
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved December 2012 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to analyse theories relating to offending behaviour and to examine the extent of crime, representations and perceptions of crime and specific areas of offending behaviour.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Critically evaluate criminological theories and their impact on criminal justice and social policy.
2 Assess the extent of crime and how crime is represented in the media
3 Analyse specific areas of offending behaviour.

Indicative Module Content
Classical and contemporary criminological theories, recording and representation of crime,offender profiling, specific areas of offending behaviour such as female and juvenile offenders.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture and seminar based module. Lectures provide core module content. Seminars develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 36 36
Non-Contact Hours 114 114
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: Essay (20%) and oral presentation (10%) - 30% weighting in total
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: Written examination

Explanatory Text
This module is assessed by 2 components: C1 - Coursework (Essay 20% and Oral assessment 10%) - 30% weighting. C2 - Examination - 70% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A At least 70% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
B At least 60% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
C At least 50% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
D At least 40% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component
E At least 35% on weighted aggregate
F Less than 35% on weighted aggregate
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition to SCQF 10 entry requirements or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 HALE, C. et al., 2013. Criminology. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2 ILESANMI O., 2015. Islamism, statehood and human rights. 1st ed. Mortsel, Belgium: Intersentia.
3 MAGUIRE, M. et al, eds., 2012. The Oxford handbook of criminology. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
4 NEWBURN, T., 2017. Criminology. 3rd ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
5 WILLIAMS, K., 2012. Textbook on criminology. 7th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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