NS7510: Applied Criminology


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NS7510: Applied Criminology

Module Title Applied Criminology
Module Code NS7510
Module Tutor Brian Frederick
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The module provides an overview of key theoretical issues and contemporary approaches in criminology. It takes an ‘Applied Criminology’ methodology that:

  • Explores the theory behind key issues and approaches in criminology
  • Examines different applications of these issues and approaches across different countries, contexts, and systems;
  • Critically evaluates the resulting approaches and outcomes.


The module also offers a chance for students to develop their postgraduate academic skills, with a focus on rigorous critical analysis and construction of developed and appropriate academic arguments.

Indicative Syllabus

The module explores a range of key theoretical issues and contemporary approaches in criminology. These will come from a range of different areas across criminology, for example topics such as, but not limited to: Cybercrime; Environmental Crime and Green Criminology; Evidence-based policing; Crimes against Humanity; Globalisation and authority; Critical criminology. In the analysis of these topics, students will focus on developing their critical analytical and comparative skills, building on previous knowledge to demonstrate postgraduate level skills and academic thought.


Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. 1. Critically evaluate different theoretical approaches, current research and advanced scholarship within criminology
  2. 2. Evaluate different approaches to managing crime and criminal behaviour as applied across a range of countries, contexts and systems
  3. 3. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in selecting, defining and proposing solutions to problems by applying knowledge in a systematic way showing sound judgement.


Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 4000 words or equivalent
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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