Module Details

SC655-7-SP-CO: Current Controversies In Criminology And Criminal Justice Policy

Year: 2017/18
Department: Sociology
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Darren Thiel
Teaching Staff: Dr Anna Sergi
Contact details: Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Telephone 01206 873051, Email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description


This module aims to provide students with an in-depth and critical understanding of contemporary criminological discourse and the role of criminology in today’s understanding of different forms of crime, control and criminal justice policy in an increasingly globalised world. Students will be introduced to various approaches to the interpretation and the governance of crime in order to critically examine criminological discourses and policies related to globalisation, security, migration, policy convergence, online and offline criminal markets, cyber crime, punishment, and state crimes. The module will consider the place of criminology within these debates and examine issues related to human security, criminalisation, human rights and the changing nature of the state.

Learning and Teaching Methods


100 per cent Coursework Mark


1 report 1000 words 1 essay of approximately 3,500 words


  • Recommended background reading:
  • Aas, K. (2007) Globalisation and Crime
  • Drake, D., Muncie, J and Wesmarland, L. (2010) Criminal Justice: Local and Global
  • Garland, D. (2001) The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society
  • Muncie,J., Talbot, D. and Walters, R (2010) Crime: Local and Global
  • Muncie, J (2005) 'The globalization of crime control-the case of youth and juvenile justice: Neo-liberalism, policy convergence and international conventions', Theoretical Criminology, 9: 35-64.

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