Controlling Crime | Abertay University

Controlling Crime


This module will explore ways of talking and thinking about policies and agencies of social control and will examine the extent of controlling crime in modern UK society


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :the opportunity to develop understanding of concepts and theories in crime control and the skills needed to identify procedures and practices in criminal justice policy and crime prevention.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Identify key themes and ideas in the history of crime control.

2.  Explain aspects of control policies and introduce other agencies also involved in controlling crime.

3.  Evaluate the effectiveness of crime control policies and crime prevention strategies.

4.  Evaluate the effectiveness of crime control policies and crime prevention strategies.

5.  Relate these themes to examples of safety and the `policing of risk.

Indicative Content

1 Ideas about control and control policies

Key developments in crime control; effective crime control? Key themes and ideas; Changing practices; Net-widening (Cohen 1985)

2 Agents of Control

The role of the police and other agencies involved in crime partnerships

3 Policy Initiatives in Crime Control

Community crime prevention; community-based strategies of punishment; alternatives to custody; initiatives in crime prevention; surveillance and control; crime control futures.

4 Community Safety

Safety as a strategy; zero tolerance; risk management

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is lecture and tutorial based. The first and final lectures will be discussion-based and group-led by students focusing on perceptions and reflexive thinking about the module. The 1st assessment is a short essay on the first 2 themes of the module, assessing students' understanding of contemporary ideas of social control and the various agents involved in controlling crime as specified in learning outcomes one and two. This 1st assessment will also help develop students' writing and study skills and provide them with an opportunity to gain confidence in presenting their knowledge and understanding about crime control policies in a written form in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes as described in the learning outcomes. Tutorials will consist of group-based discussions and practical tutorial guide workbook centred activities. The tutorial activities also enable students to incorporate reflexive thinking, collaborative and PDP skills into the module. These activities together with the 2nd unit of assessment form the majority of enquiry based learning within the module. The 2nd unit of assessment will help students to demonstrate engagement with subject matter on the various agents of crime control (learning outcome three) and reflect on their educational achievements, styles of learning about crime control and use sources of information competently.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 4
Assessment 30
Independent 136

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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