United Kingdom, London

Understanding and Preventing Crime

when 25 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1750

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of issues relating to crime measurement, crime patterns, explanations of criminal behaviour, and crime prevention.

The module will consider the challenges and processes associated with measuring and analysing crime and will present some of the key crime trends. Special attention will be devoted to how crime patterns manifest in space and time and how they can be analysed.

Criminological and psychological theories relating to criminal behaviour will be compared and the role of the traditional criminal justice system as a means of crime control, compared to other crime prevention frameworks, will be explored.

Course leader

Lisa Tompson is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Security and Crime Science. Her research interests lie in the use of spatio-temporal methods in crime analysis and crime prevention.

She is a former Police Crime Analyst.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have a grasp of major crime trends;

Be able to think critically about current methods of crime measurement and crime-related theory;

Understand the key theories that relate to criminal behaviour and how these can be used to produce effective crime control policies;

Be able to demonstrate familiarity with the British Criminal Justice System;

Appreciate the need for evidence-informed responses to crime and the role of multidisciplinary approaches.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1750: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £500.
GBP 900: Students may select a room in our designated Summer School residence for a fee of £900 per block. The residence is within 20 minutes walk of UCL and comprises of single occupancy bedrooms with private bathroom and shared, fully-equipped kitchen. Bedding, wifi, coin operated laundry and 24 hour security are provided.

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