CR6003 - Crime and Society in Newcastle and Amsterdam

What will I learn on this module?

On this cutting-edge module you will explore two important cities – Newcastle and Amsterdam – to compare and contrast key criminological and sociological issues in both places. The module offers important insights into the city in which you study (Newcastle) and, in Amsterdam, a city that features regularly in the media and academic literature – a place often portrayed as innovative, liberal, sometimes controversial and somewhere other cities could learn lessons from . On the module you will consider several important issues such as the way in which both cities have developed and evolved; the relations between both cities; the way crime and society operates in both cities; and how crime and other social issues are governed. A key part of the module is the Amsterdam fieldtrip where you visit Amsterdam, be taken on tours of the city, and conduct small group fieldwork on an important issue in the city (for instance, sex work, drugs, policing, the night-time economy, and tourism), and consider whether Newcastle should emulate ‘Amsterdam-style’ policies.

How will I learn on this module?

As well as classroom learning, you will take part on a fieldtrip of Amsterdam. Before going on the fieldtrip, you will take part in lectures and seminars where you will learn about the history, geography, politics and culture of both cities, and consider the key criminological and sociological issues within both cities. On the fieldtrip, you will engage in whole class activities such as tours, and take part in small group fieldwork, all of which will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the city of Amsterdam.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

On the module you will be academically supported in several ways. First, the teaching team will be available in person in the classroom and throughout the fieldtrip to guide you through the module and answer any questions. Second, you will be able to email the teaching team and meet them during set office hours to ask questions. Third, prior to the fieldtrip you will be allocated a supervisor who will guide you through the process of conducting research in Amsterdam. Fourth, the module has an online electronic learning portal website including a module handbook that guides you through many frequently asked questions.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. To compare criminological and sociological issues in Newcastle and Amsterdam.
2. To explore the historical changes in the ways in which both cities are governed.
3. To evaluate the success of urban policies in Amsterdam and the potential for Newcastle to emulate these policies.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. To develop and enhance skills in collecting, interpreting and presenting data.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. To develop an awareness and curiosity of the different cultures in both cities.

How will I be assessed?

Formative:
The classroom activities and fieldtrip will support the formative assessment for this module, allowing for the discussion of the sociological and criminological issues in both cities (MLO 1), the cultures in both cities (MLO 5), the historical evolution of policies (MLO 2) and the ways in which policies should and could be transferred between places (MLO 3).
The classroom activities and fieldtrip will also enable you to enhance your methodological and research design skills (MLO 4). You will be given continual verbal feedback by the lecturers for your participation in the lectures and fieldtrip.

Summative:
You will be summatively assessed in two ways. You will write one essay of 2000 words (40%) and, working in small groups, you will deliver a short presentation and write a short report (60%). Comprehensive feedback for both assessments will be provided separately.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

CR6003 Crime and Society in Newcastle and Amsterdam gives students the opportunity to explore and compare key criminological and sociological issues. A key part of the module is the Amsterdam fieldtrip where you visit Amsterdam, be taken on tours of the city, and conduct small group fieldwork on an important issue in the city (for instance, sex work, drugs, policing, the night-time economy, tourism). Your learning will be supported by lectures and seminars and the summative assessment takes the form of one 2000-word essay (40%) and one small group presentation with accompanying short report (60%).

Course info

UCAS Code M900

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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