Module code: SOC2082

Module provider


Module Leader

ROBERTS TM Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2,000 WORD ESSAY CHOSEN FROM LIST 75%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module will introduce students to the study of environmental crime.  It will examine a wide range of issues related to the damaging relationship between humans and the ecological world. It will include a detailed examination of specific topics such as climate change, abuse and harm to animals, threats to biodiversity and waste.  Additionally, key theoretical debates surrounding the legal notions of harms against the environment and the classification of non-humans as victims of crime will be discussed. Students will be introduced to a range of approaches to policing different types of environmental crimes and the legal, financial and practical problems these present for governments and enforcement agencies.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Studying  environmental crime
The relationship between environmental change, biodiversity loss animal rights and criminal activity
Policing the ecological world

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Convey key information to students through the use of interactive lectures, classroom discussions based on preparatory reading, media reports and film/TV/internet clips which acts as the focus for activities and discussion. Verbal formative feedback is given throughout.

The learning and teaching methods include:


11 x 2 hour sessions consisting of both lecture and seminar discussion
Weekly homework, consisting of reading preparation and reserching case studies of environmetal crime
Assessment advice including feed back on a formative presentation

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Learning Outcome

Assessed by

demonstrate an understanding of green criminology and environmental crime(C, K)


Formatively through class tutorial exercises and discussions. Summatively by write up of case study and essay

be able to critically evaluate key debates about the classification of non-human entities as potential victims of crime (C, K)


Formatively through class tutorial exercises and discussions. Summatively by write up of case study and essay

demonstrate a detailed understanding of the impact of criminal activity on the natural environment (C, K, T)


Formatively through class tutorial exercises and discussions. Summatively by write up of case study and essay

produce a variety of documents that illustrate a reflexive understanding of environmental crime (C, K, T, P)



Formatively through class tutorial exercises and discussions. Summatively by write up of case study and essay


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Week 5 - 1500 word case study of an environmental crime (25%) (Feedback provided by week 8)
Week 12 - 2000 word essay chosen from a list prepared by the course leader (75%)

Formative assessment and feedback


Students receive formative verbal feedback each week during tutorials, following up on activities they have undertaken such as answering questions on the set reading and other pedagogic activities related to the topic (for instance, finding and discussing a relavent case of environmental crime or the findings from a relavent study)
In weeks 3/4 students will have the opportunity to present their chosen case study and receive informal feedback before writing it up for the summantive assighnment.
In week 9 time is devoted to a essay  clinic for advice and feedback on any questions the students have regarding the topic they have chosen for their essay.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.