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Unit information: Responding to Crime and Social Harm in 2021/22

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Unit name Responding to Crime and Social Harm
Unit code SPOL10031
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Natasha Carver
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

Crime and related harms are major social issues requiring state intervention. This unit introduces students to the way states have attempted to control crime and social harm both in terms of offending and victimisation in national and international contexts. Specifically, the unit will:

  • Examine the main institutions and organisations responsible for the control of crime and social harm
  • Assess policy interventions in the context of wider theoretical debates about how states control (or not) crime and related social harms.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Explain the development and operation of criminal, civil and regulatory institutions in responding to crime and harm
  2. Identify the operation of formal and informal social controls and alternative justice mechanisms in preventing and responding to crime and harm.
  3. Recognise how attempts to prevent or control crime may in turn create or reinforce harm.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through blended learning involving a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by study-group sessions and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment is by:

  • Engagement and Collaboration - Learning Journal (50%)

Policy Briefing of 1500 words (50%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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