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Theories I


Final Year modules place greater emphasis on the use of theory than modules in the First and Second Years. This is the first of two seminars in which we examine different theories of crime. This week we will discuss Classicism and Positivism, and Durkheim, anomie and strain.

Seminar Questions

What are the main features of classical criminology?

What are the main features of positivistic criminology?

What are the key criminological insights that might be said to have their origins in Durkheim’s work?

Required Reading

Newburn, Tim, Criminology, 3rd ed. (London, 2017), Chapter Six 'Classicism and Positivism' and Chapter Nine 'Durkheim, anomie and strain'.

Further Reading

Hopkins Burke, Roger, An Introduction to Criminological Theory, 5th ed. (London, 2019)

McLaughlin, Eugene, and John Muncie, eds, Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings, 3rd ed. (London, 2013)

McLaughlin, Eugene, and John Muncie, eds, The SAGE Dictionary of Criminology, 4th ed. (London, 2019)

Martyn Chamberlain, John, Criminological Theory in Context (London, 2015)

O'Brien, Martin, and Majid Yar, Criminology: The Key Concepts (Abingdon, 2008)

Triplett, Ruth, ed., The Wiley Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Criminology (Hoboken, NJ, 2018)