Module Catalogue 2020/21

SOC2086 : Post-disciplinary Criminology: Hermeneutics, Poststructuralism and Cultural Theory

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Elaine Campbell
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
SOC1031Knowing in Sociology: An Introduction to Theory, Methods and Epistemology
Pre Requisite Comment

Students wishing to take this module must have studied at least 1 Sociology module at stage 1 in 19/20

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

This module will provide a critical introduction to the emerging work of post-disciplinary criminology. At its most basic, this new field of academic study is formed from an integration of the critical, hermeneutic and postructuralist traditions within criminology, sociology, cultural geography and cultural studies. It aims to introduce students to:

•       Critical criminological, and interpretive inter/postdisciplinary perspectives on culture, from hermeneutics to poststructuralist scholarship
•       A range of contemporary theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding the relationship between culture and questions of crime, punishment, victimisation, justice, law and order
•       A range of cultural theoretical frameworks for making sense of crime and space, particularly urban space
•       A range of methods for analysing representations of crimes and punishment using different cultural media and forms
•       Ways of thinking about the transformative power of digital cultures for criminal and policing landscapes

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is structured around the following five thematic components.

Theme 1: Postdisciplinary Criminology: The Contours of an Interdisciplinary Field
•       Working against orthodoxy
•       Interpretivism and Hermeneutics
•       Poststructuralist approaches and postdisciplinary theories
•       The contribution from cultural geographies
•       British cultural studies
•       French cultural studies

Theme 2: The Cultural Politics of Criminality, Victimization and Punishment
•       Criminal imagery
•       Narratives of victimhood
•       Lives behind bars

Theme 3: Crime and the City
•       The crime-city nexus
•       Criminogenic spaces
•       The misanthropic city

Theme 4: Methodological Approaches to Crime, Culture and Society
•       Review of interpretive/cultural analytical methodologies
       Narrative analysis
       Visual research methods
       Discourse/textual analysis
       Ethnographic approaches
•       Sensory ethnography
       Aesthetics
       Affect
       Acoustics

Theme 5: Digital Cultures and their Criminological Discontents
•       Cybercriminology
•       Digital vigilantism
•       Digitalised rape culture
•       Mediated offending

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The module will enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the field of postdisciplinary criminology constituted by the following:
•       A knowledge and understanding of critical criminological and interpretivist sociological perspectives on culture, from hermeneutics to postmodern scholarship
•       A knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding the relationship between culture and questions of crime, punishment, victimisation, justice, law and order
•       A knowledge and understanding of the relationship between crime and space, most especially at the intersections of crime and the city
•       A knowledge and understanding of a range of methods for analysing representations of crimes and punishments using different cultural media and forms
•       A knowledge and understanding of ways of thinking about the transformative power of digital cultures for crime and policing

Intended Skill Outcomes

•       Critical reading skills and critical engagement with postdisciplinary criminological scholarship
•       Ability to apply postdisciplinary and cultural analysis to matters of crime and society
•       Ability to critique and design research methodologies for the analysis of primary and secondary data (related to cultural aspects of crime and society)
•       Develop students’ organisational and planning skills
•       Develop students’ writing, analytical and methodological skills

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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