Formative Debates in Criminology

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
29 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA M90012 Criminology,
MSC L30812 Criminology and Socio-Legal Research,
MA MF9112 Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security,
MSC L31124 Migration Studies,
MA L31812 Sociology and Criminology,
MPHDML9048 Criminology,
PHD ML9048 Criminology,
MSOCM999 Criminology,
MSOCMX98 Criminology (Including Placement Year),
MSOCMX99 Criminology (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This course examines the history of and contemporary debates around theoretical criminology, criminalisation, globalisation, social deviance, the development of social control, surveillance and punishment, neoliberalism, migration and the links between criminological analysis and social theory.

Module aims

We will address and consider key texts and research studies that have made a significant contribution to challenging our conventional understanding of the problem of crime and what to do about it.

Module learning outcomes

To gain a solid understanding of the emerging horizons for criminology by close readings of recent works by leading authors in the field.

Module information

Please note that assessment information is currently showing for 2019-20 and will be updated in September.

Learning and teaching methods

Student participation is essential to make the seminar work properly. For this, students are expected to work in small groups, to read background material for the seminar discussion, introduce and critically assess the topic. For each week one or two key readings are identified that every student will read; supporting material can be obtained from the recommended and background reading sections of this module outline.


  • Graham, Laura. (2017-06) 'Governing Sex Work Through Crime', in The Journal of Criminal Law. vol. 81 (3) , pp.201-216
  • Di Ronco, Anna; Allen-Robertson, James. (2020) 'Representations of environmental protest on the ground and in the cloud: The NOTAP protests in activist practice and social visual media', in Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal., pp.1-25
  • David Whyte. (2016) 'It’s common sense, stupid! Corporate crime and techniques of neutralization in the automobile industry', in Crime, Law and Social Change. vol. 66 (2) , pp.165-181
  • (2017) The Oxford handbook of criminology, ©2017: Oxford University Press.
  • Hammarberg, T. (2008-12-01) 'A Juvenile Justice Approach Built on Human Rights Principles', in Youth Justice. vol. 8 (3) , pp.193-196
  • Bianca Fileborn. (2017) 'Justice 2.0: Street harassment victims’ use of social media and online activism as sites of informal justice', in British Journal of Criminology. vol. 57 (6) , pp.1482-1501
  • (2005-09-01) 'Who’s afraid of red, yellow and green?: Redlining in Rotterdam.', in Geoforum. vol. 36 (5) , pp.562-580
  • I know the real reason why the number of black children being convicted of a crime has doubled | The Independent | The Independent,
  • Muncie, John. (2015) Youth & crime, London: SAGE Publications.
  • Fleury-Steiner, Benjamin D.; Dunn, Kerry; Fleury-Steiner, Ruth. (2009-01) 'Governing through crime as commonsense racism', in Punishment & Society. vol. 11 (1) , pp.5-24
  • (2020-08-01) 'Youth justice and racialization: Comparative reflections.', in Theoretical Criminology. vol. 24 (3) , pp.521-539
  • (no date) Biko Agozino and the rise of post-colonial criminology.
  • Bhatia, Monish. (2020-06) 'The Permission to be Cruel: Street-Level Bureaucrats and Harms Against People Seeking Asylum', in Critical Criminology. vol. 28 (2) , pp.277-292
  • (2014) Social Justice - 40th Anniversary Issue: Legacies of Radical Criminology in the United States. vol. 40 (1/2 (131-132))
  • (2017-12-01) 'Carceral feminisms: the abolitionist project and undoing dominant feminisms.', in Contemporary Justice Review. vol. 20 (4) , pp.456-473
  • Angela Davis and Tony Platt. (2014) 'Interview with Angela Davis', in Social Justice: Social Justice/Global Options. vol. 40, pp.37-53
  • Loïc Wacquant. (2010) 'Crafting the Neoliberal State: Workfare, Prisonfare, and Social Insecurity', in Sociological. vol. 25 (2) , pp.197-220
  • Garland, David. (2001) 'A History of the Present', in The culture of control: crime and social order in contemporary society, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.1-26
  • Rodriguez, Juan AntonioSantiago, Neelie PerezBirkbeck, Christopher H.Crespo, FreddyMorillo, Solbey. (1165) 'Internationalizing the Study of Gang Membership: Validation Issues from Latin America', in Brit. J.. vol. 57 (2017) , pp.1165-11842017
  • Box, Steven. (1983) Power, crime, and mystification, London: Tavistock Publications.
  • Siegel, Dina; Nagy, Veronika. (c2018) The migration crisis?: criminalization, security and survival, The Hague: Eleven International Publishing.
  • William J. Chambliss. (1975) 'Toward a Political Economy of Crime', in Theory and Society. vol. 2 (2) , pp.149-170
  • Sutherland, Edwin Hardin. (1961) White collar crime, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
  • Jock Young. (1981) 'Thinking seriously about crime: some models of criminology', in Crime and society: readings in history and theory, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul in association with the Open University Press., pp.206-260
  • Young, Jock. (2011) The criminological imagination, Cambridge: Polity.
  • Welch, M.; Schuster, L. (2005-11-01) 'Detention of asylum seekers in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Italy: A critical view of the globalizing culture of control', in Criminology and Criminal Justice. vol. 5 (4) , pp.331-355
  • Ben Bowling. (2011) 'Transnational Criminology and the Globalization of Harm Production', in What is Criminology?: Oxford University Press., pp.361-379
  • Velez, Maria B.Richardson, Kelly. (2012) 'Political Economy of Neighbourhood Homicide in Chicago - The Role of Bank Investment, The', in Brit. J.. vol. 52 (2012) , pp.490-5132012
  • (2014-03-01) 'The Neoliberal Penality Thesis in China: When Western Theory Meets Chinese Reality.', in Current Issues in Criminal Justice. vol. 25 (3) , pp.803-817
  • Maya Wolfe-Robinson. (2019-11-04) 'Share of convicted children who are BAME doubles in eight years', in Guardian.
  • (2012-05-01) 'Carceral politics as gender justice? The "traffic in women" and neoliberal circuits of crime, sex, and rights', in Theory and Society. vol. 41 (3) , pp.233-
  • Anna Di Ronco; James Allen-Robertson; Nigel South. (2018) 'Representing environmental harm and resistance on Twitter: The case of the TAP pipeline in Italy', in Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal., pp.1-26

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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Reading-based reflexive exercise   23/10/2020  10% 
Coursework   Critical Review   30/11/2020  40% 
Coursework   Essay  12/01/2021  50% 

Additional coursework information

There are two assignments for this module: i) One critical review (see end of the outline for more guidelines on this assignment) of 1000 words maximum ii) An essay from the list provided (last page of this guide) of 3,000 words maximum.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Isabel Crowhurst, email:
Dr Anna Di Ronco, email:
Dr Isabel Crowhurst; Dr Anna Di Ronco
Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Tel: 01206 873051 Email:



External examiner

Prof Paul Stretesky
The University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Professor of Criminology
Prof Benjamin Bradford
University College London
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