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Unit information: Criminology in 2014/15

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Unit name Criminology
Unit code SPOL21010
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Pantazis
Open unit status Open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The unit provides an overview of criminological theory, covering the principal ideas in a selected range of theoretical approaches, and an understanding of social, political and ideological contexts which have influenced their development. The policy impacts are explored in the context of the UK and, to a lesser extent, the US.

Reading and References

  • Lilly, R., Cullen, F., Ball, R. (2011) (eds., 5th ed) Criminological theory :context and consequences, London: Sage
  • Maguire, M., Morgan, R. and Reiner. R. (2012) (eds, 5th ed) The Oxford handbook of criminology, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • McLaughlin, E. & Muncie, J. (2013) (eds, 3rd ed) Criminological perspectives, London : Sage.