Psychological and sociological causes of crime

This module provides students with a critical understanding of dominant theories and conceptual models in psychology and sociology.

‘Crime’ is a social construct that encapsulates a broad range of phenomena from individual acts of law breaking to transgressions by organisations, corporations and states.

It is important for social scientists to understand the social, economic, and political contexts in which ideas about crime and offending arise.

This module will help you to develop a critical understanding of dominant theories and conceptual models in psychology and sociology. You will also be introduced to empirical tests of leading theories and the translation of theories into policy and practice.

Main topics include

  • The social construction of crime and deviance
  • Crime and punishment in the age of reason
  • Psychological theories of crime
  • Social disorganisation and subcultures
  • Anomie, strain and adaptation
  • Social control and social bonds.

Assessment

Coursework (100%)