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The objective of this module is to introduce students to the major theoretical perspectives and paradigms which have shaped our understanding of fundamental criminological concepts and criminal behaviour within a South African and International context. Furthermore, this module aims to allow students to engage with relevant literature and research in order to facilitate the understanding of the key theoretical premises and arguments and to reflect on the merits and shortfalls of various criminological theories. This module focuses on the exploration of certain key themes that define the study of criminology such as the typologies of crime, the nature and extent of criminal behaviour, the role of the media in altering our perceptions of crime as well as key social divisions across offending behaviour.
Within semester/Formative assessment: 60%
Examination/Summative assessment: 40%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.