Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2035: International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes over one or more weeks: 
Comparative Criminology –comparing crime across nations
Legal traditions and Punishment Philosophies –discuss how different legal and philosophic approaches to crime result in different crime related outcomes
Comparing Prison Systems, Policing, & Crime Control and Prevention models
International Crime Statistics –critique sources of crime data 
Describing data –using basic statistics to compare official crime data and victimization survey data among countries
Comparing means and hypothesis testing –using basic statistics to compare means and test hypotheses with official crime data and victimization survey data among countries

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity1111 x 1-hour seminars (lecturer’s explanations, student participation and discussion)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity113 x 1 hour data analysis tutorials; 8 x 1 hour linked tutorials involving presentations and discussions; revision/prep for exam session
Guided Independent Study24Reading assignments and preparing for the tutorials
Guided Independent Study40Preparing lab assignment
Guided Independent Study10Additional reading/research
Guided Independent Study54Preparation for and completion of all exams

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).