Module code: LW3350

Module co-ordinator: Charlotte Walsh

Module Outline

Criminology is the multi-disciplinary study of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. It is informed by a wide variety of perspectives, helping you to develop a contextual understanding of the law. Specifically, the course focuses on: constructions of crime; discourses on punishment; women and the criminal justice system; drug policy; youth justice; and, race and the criminal justice system.

By the end of this module, a typical student will be able to:

  • Access a wide variety of material relating to the phenomena of crime and the criminal justice system
  • Produce a well-researched, coherent piece of written coursework
  • Describe and evaluate a variety of theoretical criminological frameworks
  • Critically analyse the social and political context in which the criminal justice system operates 


  • 40 one-hour lectures
  • 7 one-hour tutorials


  • Essay, 3,000 words (40%)
  • Essay, 4,000 words (60%)