Module details for Contemporary Issues in Criminological Research


The module explores contemporary theoretical approaches in criminology and their application to key issues that characterise contemporary criminal justice policy and practice.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with enhanced knowledge and understanding of a range of theories and explanations of crime which can be critically applied to the study of deviant behaviour and the administration of criminal justice.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically apply theoretical approaches and interpretations to key issues, strategies and interventions in contemporary criminal justice practice and policy.

2.  Confidently communicate information and research findings about crime, victimisation and responses to crime.

3.  Confidently express the distinctive nature of criminology and the administration of criminal justice through collaborative and individual work on solving complex social problems.

4.  Critically evaluate a range of contemporary theories in criminology, confidently recognising their interdependence with criminal justice policy and practice.

Indicative Content

1 Contemporary Issues in criminal justice policy and practice

Victimology and the 'victim'; hate crime; zemiology; restorative justice - 1

2 Contemporary Issues in criminal justice policy and practice

Community safety; anti-social behaviour; restorative justice - 2

3 Insecure State

The insecure nature of `policing' and law making.

4 Antisocial Behaviour

Key issues, debates and challenges regarding the regulation of antisocial behaviour.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 4
Assessment 30
Independent 136
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.