Contemporary Criminological Theory | Abertay University

Contemporary Criminological Theory


This module will look at some key contemporary criminological theories.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop an understanding of key modern theories associated with a theoretical understanding of developments in crime and society.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Identify and evaluate key theories associated with the fear of crime.

2.  Identify and evaluate key theories associated with gender and crime.

3.  Identify and evaluate key theories associated with cultural criminology.




Indicative Content

1 Fear and control of crime

The importance of policing fear; the governing of crime; the new framework for a culture of control.

2 Gender and crime

Women & Crime; Performativity; Doing Masculinity & Crime.

3 Cultural Criminology

Criminology and the Cultural turn, Crime and the Carnivalesque, Edge Work.

4 Crime, Discipline and Governmentality

Foucault on Crime.

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 an essay on the first theme of the module, assessing students' understanding of contemporary ideas and theories regarding control and governing of fear in society. 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 theories in a written form in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes as described in the learning outcomes. Tutorials will consist of group-based discussions. The tutorial activities 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 is an exam and will help students to demonstrate engagement with subject matter on gender and crime and cultural criminology.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 4
Assessment 28
Independent 138

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.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.