IA158-3-FY-CO:
Introduction to Sociology and Criminology

The details
2020/21
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
30
27 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA M903 Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA QX41 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ24 English Language and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA RR20 French Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RR90 German Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA L250 International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA LR59 International Relations and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RR40 Italian Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA Q143 Language Studies (4 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA Q102 Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA P300 Communications and Digital Culture (Including Foundation Year),
BA R999 Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RQ99 Modern Languages and English Language (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RQ98 Modern Languages and Linguistics (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R8T8 Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R8T9 Modern Languages with Latin American Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA V590 Philosophy with Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA L202 Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
BA L304 Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LMHX Sociology and Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA RR50 Spanish Studies and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RT99 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA C89C Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA L523 Childhood Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BSC L313 Sociology with Data Science (including foundation Year)

Module description

This module covers a wide range of issues and topics concerning both how sociologists work and what it is that they study. It offers students an opportunity to engage with challenging debates, theories and topics that students who go on to study sociology at degree level will encounter in their first year as undergraduates.

Module aims

The aims of the Sociology module are:

• To introduce students to main concepts in Sociology and Criminology
• To have an understanding of the social context of everyday crime and crime control
• To raise awareness of key debates surrounding the sociological and criminological themes

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module a student will:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts;
2. Apply critical thinking skills to the examination of key events;
3. Critically analyse relevant data sets;
4. Analyse assignment and exam questions, and research and construct an appropriate academic argument in response;
5. Present, challenge and defend ideas and results effectively

Module information

Syllabus

Introduction to Sociology and the Sociological imagination
Thinking Sociologically, Thinking Globally
The foundations of Society: from Macro to Micro
Power, Governance and Social movements
Gender
Race and Ethnicity
Control, Crime and Deviance
Early Sociologies of Crime
Radicalizing Traditions
Crime, Social Theory and Social Change
Social Conflict, Race and Ethnicity
Crime, the Emotions and Social Psychology
Drugs, Alcohol, Health and Crime

Assessment

Formative assessment

Summative assessment

Essay plan (300 words, 5%)
The purpose of the assignment is to get students thinking about their essay and about what it will cover. It should include a clear structure for what is intended to be covered, including a list of the key issues, an introduction, arguments and a conclusion. It should include a list at the end of at least three references.

One sociology essay (1,500 words, 20%)
Building on the essay plan and feedback, students will write a discursive essay on a topic covered in the Autumn Term.

Essay plan (300 words, 5%)
The purpose of the assignment is to get students thinking about their essay and about what it will cover. It should include a clear structure for what is intended to be covered, including a list of the key issues, an introduction, data and arguments and a conclusion. It should include a list at the end of at least three references.

One criminology essay (1,500 words, 20%)
Building on the essay plan and feedback, students will write a discursive essay on a topic covered in the Spring Term.

Take home exam – includes answering exercises and essay style questions.

Reassessment strategy

Failed coursework - Resubmit a piece of coursework which will be marked as 100% of the new module mark. The reassessment task will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is delivered via a weekly 2 x 50-minute lectures delivered online and 1 x 2-hour blended learning seminar (available face to face and online). There is also tutorial time available for individual consultations with students. Students are set a reading task for each week from one of the set texts specifically chosen for the module. They are also expected to complete detailed lecture notes each week to use as a basis for class discussion in the seminars and tutorials. Handouts are provided during the course of the year with relevant information from newspapers and journals although students are encouraged to become independent learners in this regard. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to present their own work in seminars and tutorials on a non-assessed basis. All students will have access to Academic Support Hours and those students who are receiving the online delivery will also be supported through audio and video conferencing and webinars. This information will be available via Moodle and the Module Directory.

Bibliography*

  • Scott, John. (2007) Fifty key sociologists: the formative theorists, London: Routledge.
  • Walklate, Sandra. (2004) Gender, crime, and criminal justice, Cullompton: Willan.
  • Plummer, Kenneth. (©2016) Sociology: the basics, London: Routledge.
  • Carrabine, Eamonn; Cox, Pamela; Fussey, Peter; Hobbs, Dick; South, Nigel; Thiel, Darren; Turton, Jackie. (2014) Criminology: a sociological introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Newburn, Tim. (©2017) Criminology, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Burgess, Robert G. (1986) Key variables in social investigation, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Cass Sunstein. (March 21, 2019 10.44am GMT) 'Why social movements like #MeToo seem to come out of nowhere', in The Conversation.
  • Catalyst | University of Essex, https://www.essex.ac.uk/-/media/documents/research/catalyst/cbh-analysis-report-catalyst-project.pdf
  • Macionis, John J; Plummer, Kenneth. (2012) Sociology: a global introduction, Harlow: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  • Murray, Joseph; Farrington, David P. (2005-12) 'Parental imprisonment: effects on boys' antisocial behaviour and delinquency through the life-course', in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. vol. 46 (12) , pp.1269-1278
  • Crime in England and Wales - Office for National Statistics, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2019#main-points

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay Plan 1    10% 
Coursework   1500 Word Essay 1    40% 
Coursework   Essay Plan 2    10% 
Coursework   1500 Word Essay 2    40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ruth Weir, email: rweir@essex.ac.uk.
Ruth Weir
Lucy Anthony (lanthony@essex.ac.uk)

 

Availability
No
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 208 hours, 206 (99%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Essex Pathways

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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