Mr Sam Hanks
Lecturer in Criminology
Room: Office - 143
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus


  1. Embodying masculinity in female dominated research settings: A male reflection of ‘doing research’ in massage parlours. Sexualities
  2. & (2014). Prevalence and Characteristics of Serial Domestic Abuse Perpetrators: Multi-Agency Evidence from Wales.
  3. & (2014). Defining and Profiling Serial Domestic Abuse Perpetrators: An All-Wales Feasibility Review.
  4. Book Review: Julie Ham, Sex Work, Immigration and Social Difference. Theoretical Criminology 21(4), 561-563.


  • ASC110 Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights

    This module will introduce students to basic legal concepts such as the Rule of Law and due process and provide an understanding of the powers of the state, the UK legal framework and the law making process in England and Wales. In particular, the module will consider the UK constitution, the supremacy of Parliament, the impact of the European legal framework on the UK, the components and operation of the criminal justice, and civil liberties and human rights. The module also aims to help students understand the components, functions and key actors in the criminal justice system in England and Wales and will explore the relationship between the state and the citizen and the nature of human rights and civil liberties.

  • ASC204 Penology and Punishment

    This module examines contemporary approaches to the punishment of crime, taking account of the history and philosophy of criminal justice responses to offending behaviour, especially within prisons. It considers the purpose and justification for different forms of punishment in modern society, including the death penalty; prisoner experiences including solitary confinement and prisoner rape; as well as critically analysing the treatment of different types of offenders, paying particular attention to disadvantaged/marginalised social groups. The module also examines `newer¿ forms of criminality including peer to peer abuse and online child sex abuse and considers the difficulties that presently exist in successfully identifying and punishing these types of offending behaviours.

  • ASC212 Criminological Theory: Content and Application

    This module provides students with an understanding of criminology as a theoretical and applied discipline. Therefore, the module analyses criminological theories of crime and deviance, and explores the application of the theories in real life cases. The module analyses competing orthodox, critical and realist theories and perspectives. It is delivered through interactive sessions that give students the opportunity to evaluate the extent to which each of the theories applies in real life cases. Students are guided through the processes of applying each theory to topical and sometimes contentious crimes, acts of deviance, and punishments. By applying the theories to real life cases, students have the opportunity to evaluate the competing theories, their limitations, their contributions as explanations of crime and deviance, and their impact on crime control policies.

  • ASC213 Dissertation Preparation

    This module is compulsory for Criminology and Criminal Justice students and available to joint Social Policy students. It will be delivered via a series of 10 lectures over a 5 week period in TB2. The module builds on the knowledge and skills gained form the ASC208: Research Methods module and introduces students to the research and essay writing skills required to produce a dissertation in Higher Education. A mixture of lecturer-led and independent learning methods will be used to prepare students for the task of completing their dissertation. Emphasis will be placed on individual and group work; and the development of skills in critical evaluation and higher-order learning.

  • ASC316 Criminalisation of Sex

    The course offers students the opportunity to examine and explore the multiple issues that shape our understanding of sex and the laws and policies that govern sex work. Theoretical debates are entered into and sex work is considered on a European and global basis.

  • ASCM28 Case Studies in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology

    The module examines key issues in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology by examining a series of case studies, presented by the people who actually did the research. The focus is on how and why the researchers chose the particular methodologies and strategies used; how these choices were influenced by ethical concerns and the interests of research subjects; what constraints and pressures were created by resource limitations or the expectations and agendas of research funders (for example, the Home Office); and, where relevant, the impact of the research on researchers themselves, and the impact on the research role of researchers¿ own values and concerns or their advocacy of particular policies.