As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a Crime
and Society assessment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the
programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting
After completing the module, you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of patterns of crime and the significance
of crime in society.
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the respective institutional roles in the
criminal justice system and their relationships with each other, and with
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of criminological theories and their
relationships to each other.
4. Demonstrate a basic ability to analyse social, philosophical and legal issues
relating to crime, criminal justice and social policies.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues embedded in analyses of
problems, existing policies and options for policy change.
Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module
name, the submission deadline and the exact word count of your submitted document; the
appendices if relevant; and a reference list in AU Harvard system(s). You should address all
the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the
assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.
You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University operates
anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of the identity of the
student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number.
Maximum word count: 3000 words
This assessment is worth 100% of the total marks for the module.
You should complete any one of the questions below.
1. Assess the extent to which crime figures and trends are influenced by social class, and in
particular by common assumptions made about the `underclass`.
2. Labelling and subcultural theories see crime and deviance as the outcome of social
processes. What are these processes and how convincing are the theoretical
accounts of them?
3. Some social groups appear to experience secondary victimisation in which police
actions amplify rather than decrease the experience of victimisation. Who is most
likely to experience this? Why? What can be done to prevent it?