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This module introduces students to the basic research and essay writing skills required when studying Criminology in Higher Education. A mixture of lecturer-led and independent learning methods will address topics such as efficient use of library and information & careers services, active reading and note-taking, accurate referencing, understanding and benefiting from assessment, effective group working and presentation skills, developing skills in critical evaluation and higher-order learning, and maximising the learning benefits of reflection and self-evaluation.
The media is seen as both shaping and reflecting modern culture; it is also the primary public source of information about crime, criminals and criminal justice. This module focuses on some of the key debates surrounding the relationship between media portrayals of crime, and criminal behaviour and criminal justice policy. What impact does the media have on public perceptions and attitudes regarding crime and criminal justice? Or on criminal justice policy-making? Why is crime news reported in the way that it is? Does exposure to violence in the media increase the likelihood of its commission by the viewer? These questions and many others will be addressed as the module explores the portrayal of crime and criminal justice in both factual and fictional formats
The module provides students with an understanding of why gender is central to the study of offending and the operation of the criminal justice system. Theoretical and policy debates about the treatment of women in the criminal justice system will be examined.