Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCriminology
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit provides a theoretical background to the challenges facing contemporary criminology nationally and internationally, identifying and interrogating the narratives that make up the diverse perceptions of crime, the evolution of 'risk society', local and global (in)security and the impact this has on rights and liberties. It employs an advanced critical analysis of the nature of 'risk society' and, importantly, the responses by various agencies and organisations to 'threats' within and beyond the state. These include theories on violence, legitimacy, governance, securitization and resistance articulated within a sociological, political, human rights as well as criminological frameworks. The unit builds and extends on knowledge gained throughout your degree and applies seminal theoretical scholarship in conjunction with cutting edge research to address some of the most pressing criminological issues facing our contemporary world.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a critical understanding of relevant theories on crime, risk and security
  2. an ability to critically analyse theoretical perspectives that relate to the content of the course
  3. an ability to apply these theories to a range of contemporary issues of crime, risk and security.
  4. an ability to critically analyse practical and policy responses to contemporary challenges of social control nationally and internationally.
  5. an ability to develop a research question and apply relevant theoretical frameworks to a case study
  6. the capacity to formulate and develop their own ideas on the nature and impact of the narratives on responses to crime, risk and security


Research Essay Abstract: 10%
Essay (3500-4000 words): 60%
Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

1 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week

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