LAW40640 Advanced Criminological Theory

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module explores key theories of crime, including biological, psychological and sociological explanations of criminal behaviour. Students are encouraged to critically examine both classic and recent criminological theories, including their origins, principal ideas, strengths and limitations, and practical applications.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the main tenets of key criminological theories
2. critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of each perspective
3. critically evaluate competing perspectives on criminal behaviour
4. exhibit knowledge of the history and origins of theoretical perspectives on crime
5. assess the criminal justice applications of the theories

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Approaches include seminars, active/task-based learning, group work, critical writing and reflective learning. 
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: Field study and written report - 2,000 words Week 10 n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay - 2,000 words Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Reflective Learning Journal Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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 essay, assignment and reflective journal. Feedback will be provided in the form of written group feedback through Brightspace within 20 working days of the submission date. Students may request a meeting with the module coordinator to obtain individual feedback on their assessments.