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Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 13 December 2019
23 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

How do major theories on criminality impact on our criminal justice system? How do we attempt to control crime as a society? Critically evaluate crime and law within the broader social and political context. Examine issues of justice, focusing on the needs of crime victims, offenders and the society.

Module aims

The module seeks to develop a critical awareness of crime and law in its broader social and political context. This module explores the major theories of criminality and contrasts these with how our criminal justice system operates and how we attempt to control crime as a society. It examines issues of justice from a socio-legal perspective, focusing on the needs of victims of crime, offenders and the broader needs of society.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical approaches to deviance, crime and social control;
2. Critically evaluate the relevance of theories of control and the subsequent creation of agencies concerned with crime control;
3. Demonstrate analytical and critical skills in regard to the social implications of existing perceptions of crime and control;
4. Demonstrate developed research and writing skills, including the ability to work independently.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly two-hour lectures


  • McLaughlin, Eugene; Muncie, John. (2013) Criminological perspectives: essential readings, London: SAGE.
  • Newburn, Tim. (2009) Key readings in criminology, Cullompton: Willan.
  • Jones, Stephen. (2017) Criminology, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Carrabine, Eamonn; Cox, Pamela; Fussey, Peter; Hobbs, Dick; South, Nigel; Thiel, Darren; Turton, Jackie. (2014) Criminology: a sociological introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • At risk, yet dismissed: The criminal victimisation of people with mental health problems, https://www.mind.org.uk/media/642011/At-risk-yet-dismissed-report.pdf
  • Burke, Roger Hopkins. (©2019) An introduction to criminological theory, New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Jacobson, J.; Gibbs, P. (2009) Out of Trouble. Making Amends: restorative youth justice in Northern Ireland..
  • Finch, Emily; Fafinski, Stefan. (2019) Criminology Skills, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Newburn, Tim. (2017) Criminology, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Williams, Katherine S. (2012) Textbook on criminology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Case, Stephen; Johnson, Philip; Manlow, David; Smith, Roger S.; Williams, Katherine S. (2017) Criminology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2010) Punishing Costs: How locking up children is making Britain less safe.
  • Tim Newburn. (1999) 'Understanding and Preventing Police Corruption: Lessons from the Literature', in Police Research Series. vol. Paper 110
  • (2017) The Oxford handbook of criminology, ©2017: Oxford University Press.
  • De Graaf, Gjalt. (no date) 'Causes of Corruption: Towards a Contextual Theory of Corruption', in Public Administration Quarterly: SPAEF.
  • David O'Mahony; Jonathan Doak. (2017) Reimagining restorative justice, Oxford: Hart Publishing, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
  • Posick, Chad. (©2018) The development of criminological thought: context, theory, and policy, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Finch, Emily; Fafinski, Stefan. (©2019) Criminology skills, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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 Research Essay 24/01/2020 100%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor David O'Mahony
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Christopher Lloyd
Oxford Brookes University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 28 hours, 20 (71.4%) hours available to students:
8 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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