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Criminology & Criminal Justice (Module)

Module description

This module will introduce you to the key issues and debates in understanding crime and its control in contemporary societies. It provides an overview of the English criminal justice system and compares it to global perspectives on crime control. The criminal justice system will be analysed through studies of surveillance, policing, and sentencing. The module includes advanced study of key national and international law and policy developments relating to areas such as policing and crime prevention, youth justice, and corporate crime. It aims to give you an interactive experience of the English criminal justice system with planned visits to museums and a case hearing at a court.

This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. This is an example timetable from 2016 so content and timings are subject to change. 

In summer 2016, King's Summer Programmes collaborated with the Dickson Poon School of Law and Career Services to run two career panels for students enrolled on their law modules. They were moderated by King's academics from the School, and the panellists included professionals and King's alumni. Watch the video that was created for these panels for more information. 

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • built your knowledge and understanding of the key theoretical perspectives on crime, deviance and punishment.
  • gained a more comprehensive knowledge of the English Criminal Justice System.
  • developed the ability to critically examine arguments for and against the social construction of criminality including aspects of gender, class and race.
  • gained a better understanding of the global trajectory of the institutionalisation of crime control and punishment.
  • acquired the skills to present clear, analytical arguments both verbally and in written form on the subject of crime and punishment, and wider debates in the area of crime-related policy-making.

Staff information

Charmian Werren, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • London walks and visits to key institutions and museums
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

  • One essay of 2,500 words (85%)
  • Group presentation in-class (15%)

Key information

Module code 4ZSS0132

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No