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Unit information: Criminology in 2022/23

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Unit name Criminology
Unit code LAWD30100
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Naughton
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


In contrast to Criminal Law, which is concerned with the rules which determine whether a person has committed a criminal offence, Criminology considers what factors may have led to the offender's breaking the law in the first place. The wide range of sociological accounts considered includes the importance of the environment within which the offender grows up, the type of friends the offender makes, the formation of delinquent groups or gangs and the effect of poverty.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the social character of crime and justice;
  • Evaluate the data and methods employed in criminological inquiry;
  • Be able to critically analyse the principal theoretical perspectives; advanced by criminologists and critical criminologists regarding the epidemiology and aetiology of crime.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Details

1 x summative assessment: Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count (100%)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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