Module details for Criminological Theories II: Crime, Power and Social Change


This module addresses the emergence and development of key criminological perspectives of continuing relevance for the understanding of crime and processes of criminalization.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : a detailed understanding and effective appreciation of criminological theories that address issues of crime, processes of criminalization and structures of power within the context of wider social, cultural and political change.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Analyse the key features of a criminological theory and illustrate this in relation to a contemporary area of crime, criminality and / or criminal justice.

2.  Assess the contribution of criminological perspectives that attempt to contextualize and explain social patterns of crime, deviance and conformity.

3.  Assess the contribution of criminological perspectives that emphasize the possession and exercise of power and the consequences of social change in the production of crime and criminalization.

4.  Reflect upon the ways in which different criminological perspectives are shaped by the historical, social and political contexts of their development.

Indicative Content

1 Challenging criminological positivism

Labelling perspectives, Marxism and crisis, The New Criminology / Radical Criminology

2 Theorizing and managing crime and criminality

Left realism, Right realism, Control theories, Situational crime prevention

3 Innovation in criminological theory

Feminist criminology, Critical criminology / Green Criminology, Cultural criminology

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 22
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 20
Independent 148
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.