Introduction to Sociology and Criminology
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
15 August 2019
Requisites for this module
BA M903 Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA L250 International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA P300 Communications and Digital Culture (Including Foundation Year),
BA L202 Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L304 Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LMHX Sociology and Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC L313 Sociology with Data Science (including foundation Year)
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.
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
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
Autumn Term - Sociology
Week 2 Introduction to Sociology and the Sociological imagination
Weeks 3 and 4 Thinking Sociologically, Thinking Globally
Weeks 5 and 6 The foundations of Society: from Macro to Micro
Week 7 Power, Governance and Social movements
Week 8 Gender
Week 9 Race and Ethnicity
Weeks 10 and 11 Control, Crime and Deviance
Spring Term - Criminology
Weeks 16 and 17 Early Sociologies of Crime
Week 18 Radicalizing Traditions
Weeks 19 and 20 Crime, Social Theory and Social Change
Weeks 21 and 22 Social Conflict, Race and Ethnicity
Weeks 23 and 24 Crime, the Emotions and Social Psychology
Week 25 Drugs, Alcohol, Health and Crime
Formative assessment: reading-to-write assignment (summary of article in 500 words) due in week 5.
Summative assessment will consist of the following components:
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.
Three-hour final examination (50%)
Answering exercises and essay style questions.
* Failed Exam: Resit the exam which is re-aggregated with existing coursework mark to create a new module aggregate.
* Failed Coursework: Resubmit a piece of coursework (1,500 words) which is re-aggregated with existing exam mark to create a new module aggregate. The reassessment task will replace the coursework component and will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.
* Failed Exam and Coursework: Resit the exam and resubmit one piece of coursework (1,500 words) to be aggregated to create a new module aggregate.
The module runs for 22 weeks and is delivered via a weekly two-hour lecture and a two-hour seminar. 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. Photocopied 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.
This information will be available via Moodle and the Module Directory.
- Scott, John. (2007) Fifty key sociologists: the formative theorists, London: Routledge.
- Hobbs, Dick. (1998-11) 'Going Down the Glocal: The Local Context of Organised Crime', in The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. vol. 37 (4) , pp.407-422
- Walklate, Sandra. (2004) Gender, crime, and criminal justice, Cullompton: Willan.
- Plummer, Kenneth. (©2016) Sociology: the basics, London: Routledge.
- Turton, Jackie. (2014) 'Prisons and Imprisonment', in Criminology: a sociological introduction, Abingdon: Routledge., pp.362-386
- Newburn, Tim. (©2017) 'Classicism and Positivism', in Criminology, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group., pp.123-142
- Carrabine, Eamonn; Cox, Pamela; Fussey, Peter; Hobbs, Dick; South, Nigel; Thiel, Darren; Turton, Jackie. (2014) Criminology: a sociological introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
- Bulmer, Martin. (1986) 'Race and Ethnicity', in Key variables in social investigation, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul., pp.54-75
- Cass Sunstein. (March 21, 2019) 'Why social movements like #MeToo seem to come out of nowhere', in The Conversation.
- Weir, Ruth. (2019) Colchester Borough Homes: Community Plan Analysis, Colchester: Catalyst Project.
- 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
||Essay Plan 1
||1500 Word Essay 1
||Essay Plan 2
||1500 Word Essay 2
||1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ruth Weir, email: email@example.com.
Lucy Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 645 hours, 182 (28.2%) hours available to students:
463 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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