Information for Criminology and Criminal Justice
We are delighted that you have decided to pursue you degreelevel studies in
Criminology and Criminal Justice at Edge Hill University. We have put together some
key information to help you prepare for starting your course in September. The
timetable that we have detailed below is still subject to change, you will receive your
finalised copy when you start.
During your first week, you will be provided with a comprehensive reading list of key
texts, and guidance from tutors on how to make the most of them. In the meantime
though, you might want to get a head start by purchasing the following text:
Newburn T (2007) Criminology Willan Publishing
This key text is a great starting point for studying Criminology, and will introduce you
to some of the central elements of the discipline.
Learning Support Package
Once you have enrolled at Edge Hill University you will be given a £200 Learning
Support Package (LSP) to put towards the cost of books and other learning
materials, so please do not rush out to buy books as you can use the £200 LSP
for this when you start.
Instead, look in your local library or secondhand bookshops. You may also find that
you can read some of the information contained in the books online, so do some
looking around before buying new copies of everything.
There are several things you can do to prepare for your Criminology studies over the
summer months. We recommend that you:
· Get into the habit of reading a good quality, ‘broadsheet’ newspaper on a daily
basis; The Times, The Guardian and The Independent are all good choices.
· Listen to news programmes on BBC Radio 4 and watch the extended news
programmes on television which provide more analysis; such as Newsnight
and Channel 4 News.
As a Criminology and Criminal Justice student, you will need to have good
knowledge and understanding of current events – getting into the habit of paying
attention to news and political events will certainly help you with your studies. You
may be doing some of these things already, if so keep up the good work!
Timetable (subject to confirmation)
Mon Tuesday Wed Thursday Friday
AM CRI 1102 CRI 1104 CRI 1001
Critical Analysis and Generating Understanding Crime
Criminal Justice Criminological and Conflict
PM CRI 1103
Crime and Punishment
in their Historical
CRI1102 Critical Analysis and Criminal Justice examines key agencies in the
criminal justice system and official responses to 'crime' and deviance whilst
evaluating representations of 'crime' and deviance through media and official
discourses. Furthermore, the module delivers specific tools incorporating academic
practices, research and information retrieval skills, and personal development in
order to provide you with a foundational grounding in essential study skills.
CRI1103 Crime and Punishment in Their Historical Contexts is concerned with
the historical contexts of crime and criminal justice from the late eighteenth century
to the present day. It examines the significance of changing relations of class,
gender, ‘race’ and age in underpinning responses to crime, deviance and disorder.
CRI1104 Generating Criminological Knowledge considers the controversies,
contradictions and common sense assumptions that underpin the generation of
‘knowledge’ around ‘crime’, harm, punishment, rights and justice. Using biographies
and personal testimonies in a variety of forms, the module will demonstrate how the
processes of denial, neutralisation and disqualification are used to undermine and/or
silence personal, experiential accounts relating to crime, harm, punishment rights
CRI1001 Understanding Crime and Conflict introduces the key theoretical
perspectives relevant to the study of crime and social justice. Using contemporary
case studies in crime, deviance and conflict, it will evaluate the main theoretical
traditions and recent critiques within criminology.
I hope that this information will help you to prepare over the summer for studying
Criminology at Edge Hill University. In the meantime, if you have any questions
about your course, then please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone: 01695
657620, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to meeting you in September. Have a good summer!
Criminology and Criminal Justice