Module code: CR3025

There are many potential explanations as to why violence occurs and in this module you'll explore the causes, before analysing the prevalence of preventive measures for violence. It occurs at a local, national and international level, and can be perpetrated by individuals, groups and nation states.

During this module you’ll be investigating violence from the perspective of different actors: the offender, victim and wider society. By undertaking this module you’ll develop a critical awareness of different forms of violence from the interpersonal, to the political and subcultural. This will be your opportunity to investigate how and why violence occurs in its various forms, and the psychology, motivations and effects of such acts.

You’ll develop your theoretical understandings of the causal explanations of crime, and be able to apply these to case studies. Throughout the module you’ll also develop a new understanding of the main causal explanations for violence, and examine the main preventive measures.


  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 1 hour tutorial
  • 9 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 120 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 2,500 words (100%)