LAW30530 Criminological Theory

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module explores key theories of crime, including biological, psychological and sociological explanations of criminal behaviour. It examines both classic and recent criminological theories, investigating their origins, principal ideas and practical implications.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to:
1.exhibit a detailed knowledge of key criminological theories
2.critically evaluate various explanations for criminal behaviour awareness of the context and evolution over time of key theories of crime
4.understand the criminal justice applications of each theory

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Approaches include lectures, active learning tasks and critical writing. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment - 1500 words Week 8 n/a Graded No


Examination: 2 hour end of trimester exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

This module is assessed by means of an assignment and an exam. Exam and assignment feedback will be provided in the form of written group feedback through Brightspace. Feedback will be provided within 20 working days of the submission date. Students may also request a meeting with the module coordinator to obtain individual feedback on their assessments.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 16:00 - 17:50