NS7203: Issues in Sexual Offending


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NS7203: Issues in Sexual Offending

Module Title Issues in Sexual Offending
Module Code NS7203
Module Tutor Claire L Marsh
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

Reflecting the specialisation of the course, this module focuses on specific areas of current academic interest and research within the area of sexual offending. It provides an in-depth understanding of an array of applied topics from academic research and theory, to demonstrate the heterogeneity of this offence grouping. This module will equip students with the ability to critically evaluate the current status of research in these specific areas and to inform future investigation.

Indicative Syllabus

1.     The heterogeneity of sexual offenders and theoretical approaches to explaining this offending type.

2.     The extent to which sexual offenders are ‘specialists’.

3.     Providing a synthesis and critical evaluation of the academic literature relevant to specific fields of sexual offending, such as:

  • Male victims of sexual offending;
  • International sex trafficking;
  • Juvenile sexual offenders;
  • Multiple perpetrator sexual offending (leadership, group dynamics and victim resistance)
  • Sexually motivated murder.

4.     The perceptions of sexual offending (e.g. ‘rape myths’) and how this offence type is portrayed within the media.

5.     The application of current research findings and theory to practice.

6.     Future directions for research and theory development.


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the heterogeneity of sexual offences/offenders.
  2. Critically assess theoretical approaches to explaining the causes and maintenance of sexual offending.
  3. Synthesise research and literature on specific topics within sexual offending.
  4. Critically evaluate empirical research within the field and identify ‘gaps’ in current knowledge and understanding.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 3,000 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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