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Module

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

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

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials54:0020:00Non-Synchronous, non-timetabled remote delivery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00This will include bookable 1-to-1 Zoom meetings to discuss assessment preparation.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1115:00115:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities53:0015:00Non-Synchronous, non-timetabled remote delivery
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Synchronous, timetabled on-line delivery (small group discussion)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Synchronous, timetabled on-line delivery (assessment expectations and preparation)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Synchronous, timetabled on-line delivery (enrichment/skills development/Q&A)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00Synchronous, timetabled on-line delivery (review of module delivery and teaching/learning methods)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Synchronous, timetabled on-line delivery (overview of module content and teaching/learning methods)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Structured Guided Learning: This is based on two complementary components: i) Recorded lectures which introduce students to the key theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to postdisciplinary criminology, and include guided learning in the form structured research and reading activities, keywords exercises, and academic skills activities; and ii) Recorded case study analysis presentations which demonstrate how to analyse a range of empirical data through the lens of the theoretical and methodological frameworks relevant to postdisciplinary criminology.

Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities: Workshops (2 hour) are based on and develop lecture and case study analysis materials, content, exercises; they are student-led and provide the key forum to debate the theoretical and methodological frameworks introduced through SGL – this includes Q&A of research and reading activities, keywords exercises, academic skills activities, methodological development and analytical skills enrichment. Seminars (1 hour) provide a forum for presenting, reviewing and critically debating journal articles relevant to the particular thematic. Students will be directed toward particular articles for the seminars and will be expected to prepare a critical review of these articles. Assessment preparation workshops (2 @ 1 hour): these are compulsory sessions in which students can explore the key features of the assessment requirements and raise questions and concerns as appropriate. Module talk and Mid-module review (2 @ 1 hour) are offered to ensure students are familiar with the module format, online delivery, guided learning activities, and the importance of workshop-based discussion/Q&A. The mid-module review provides an opportunity for students to feedback any concerns and challenges about the module.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M60Critical case study (2500 words)
Essay1M40Strictly journals review (1500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MOptional: One page essay plan
Essay1MOptional: One page essay plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Strictly journals review: students will be required to critically review a journal article in the light of, and informed by their knowledge and understanding of different theoretical and conceptual approaches to postdisciplinary criminology, as well as their understanding of the substantive issues raised by the journal articles. These approaches are introduced and taught in Themes 1, 2 and 3 of the syllabus. Students will choose from a short list of journal articles selected by the module leader.

Critical case study: students will be required to submit a critical case study which will assess their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, analytical and methodological insights which have been developed and explored over the module programme. This assessment requires students to demonstrate their grasp of the module material taught as an inclusive and linked body of knowledge. Students will be free to select for themselves the material and focus of the critical case study.

There are optional formative assessments for both the Journal Review and the Critical Case Study; these will provide students with an opportunity to write outline plans of their review and/or critical case study.

Reading Lists

Timetable