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LAW6045 Criminology

This is an introductory study of the board field of criminology which, broadly conceived is the study of crime and the social and institutional reactions to it. Topics include: the definition of crime both in a theoretical and a practical sense; criminal statistics and their alternatives, the historical legacies of the classical and positivists schools; psychology and the idea of the psychopath; labelling and moral panics; the urban context and the idea of special justice; crime and the mass media including representations of crime/criminals in film; the attractions and emotions of crime; punishment, prisons and the penal crisis; going beyond the nation state and conceiving of the state as criminal, genocide.

Method of assessment

  • 100% exam

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