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SC242-5-FY: Sociology of Crime and Control

Year: 2015/16
Department: Sociology
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Isabel Crowhurst and members of the criminology team  
Teaching Staff: Dr Isabel Crowhurst  
Contact details: Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, Telephone: 01206 873052 E-mail: socugrad (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address) 

Module is taught during the following terms

Module Description

The module examines key theories and trends in criminological thought, including the historical development of criminology and some of the more recent critiques. The themes of causation, criminalisation, correction and control run throughout the theoretical perspectives and are considered alongside some specific examples of criminal activity and organisation. Such examples range from the individually-experienced through the structural inequalities relevant to understanding gender, ethnicity and crime and include the global dimensions.

The module aims to enable students to:

(a) understand the construction and critique of criminology as a subject

(b) think critically about crime, deviance and social control

(c) gain a broad knowledge of the criminological literature

(d) critically analyse theories and examples of deviance and crime

Learning and Teaching Methods

1 weekly lecture & 1 weekly class


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark

An in-class test 20% A 3000 word essay 25% Attendance and participation throughout the year 5%

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 hour exam during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Only available as a full course

Only available as an outside option if space allows


  • General readings:
  • Carrabine E, Cox P, Lee M, Plummer K and South N (2009) Criminology: a Sociological Introduction Abingdon, Routledge
  • Garland D, (2001) The Culture of Control Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Maguire M, Morgan R and Reiner R (eds.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of CriminologyOxford, Oxford University Press
  • McLaughlin E and Muncie J (eds.) (2013)Criminological Perspectives, London, Sage
  • Newburn T, (2013) Criminology, Abingdon, Routledge
  • Walklate S (2007)Understanding Criminology Maidenhead, McGraw-Hill/Open University Press

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