Managing and Controlling

michelleManaging and controlling crime: University of Glasgow: Professor Michele Burman

The aims of this module are to:

1.  Develop students’ knowledge and awareness of   current theoretical developments  in crime reduction strategies.
2. Explore contemporary issues surrounding the ‘management’ and delivery of policing and crime reduction
3. Enhance students’  understanding of the main trends in crime prevention and community safety
4. Critically evaluate the factors impacting upon the   co-ordination and implementation of contemporary crime ‘management’ and crime reduction strategies
5. Identify how these affect policy and practice in relation to key areas of crime reduction.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

1 Place aspects of current policy and practice in their theoretical, criminological and policy context;
2 Assess and critically evaluate the central concepts and substantive claims of  a range of crime ‘management’ and community safety strategies;
3 Critically evaluate current policy and practice in crime management and crime  reduction;
4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and contemporary insights into the management and control of crime;
5. Integrate information and materials from a variety of different sources;
6. Present a sustained argument in a piece of written work.

The primary method of teaching the module is via distance learning. The module demands preparation in advance by students and their active participation in seminars and on-line discussions.  Intellectual skills will be practiced and demonstrated through these active learning processes. Preparation for classes is directed by detailed reading lists distributed to students at the start of each module.

Knowledge and understanding will be supported by directed study of  a range of academic, policy and practical sources  (such as research monographs, edited collections, journal articles and research reports)  and by the essay.

Summative assessment of knowledge and understanding takes place primarily through the 6,000 word assignment which is submitted at completion of the module.

The assignment assesses the use of a wide range of relevant material, the ability to summarise this material effectively and, the ability to construct and defend a coherent academic argument.