Course Description

Course Name

Crime and Justice in Scotland: The Criminal in Scottish Society

Session: VSRU3221

Hours & Credits

10 SCQF Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This module is designed to introduce students to the subject of criminology through the lens of the Scottish Criminal Justice System. The module begins with an overview of the Scottish Criminal Justice System before examining the major avenues by which the public obtain information about crime - as victims of crime and from the media and official statistics. The module examines the processes that have developed our definitions of crime and the broader social and political context within which this crime occurs.

Excursion(s): This module includes a visit to the Surgeon's Hall in Edinburgh to discuss the criminal case of Burke and Hare as well as the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

*Course content subject to change