To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.
Edge Hill University has an extensive library to enable access to specific learning resources recommended for each module. Before you begin your course however, you may want to view the below:
- Davis, M. (2015). Davies, Croall and Tyrer’s Criminal justice (5th Edition). Pearson Education
- Farrington, D. P. (1990). Implications of criminal career research for the prevention of offending. Journal of Adolescence, 13, 93-113.
- Farrington, D. P. (2000). Explaining and preventing crime: The globalization of knowledge–the American society of criminology 1999 presidential address. Criminology, 38(1), 1-24.
- Farrington, D. P., Welsh, B. C., Piquero, A., Berzin, S. C., & Gardiner, C. (2007). Saving children from a life of crime: Early risk factors and effective interventions.
- Field, A.P. (2017). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (5th Edition). SAGE Publications Ltd
- Fraser, M. W. (2004). The ecology of childhood: A multi-systems perspective. In M. W. Fraser (Ed.), Risk and resilience in childhood, 2nd ed. (pp. 1-12). Washington, DC: NASW. 77
- Fraser, M. W., Kirby, L. D., & Smokowski, P. R. (2004). Risk and resilience in childhood. In M. W. Fraser (Ed.), Risk and resilience in childhood, 2nd ed. (pp. 13- 66). Washington, DC: NASW.
- Goddard T. (2014). The Indeterminacy of the Risk Factor Prevention Paradigm: A Case Study of Community Partnerships Implementing Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Policy. Youth Justice 14(1) 3–21.
- Hemphill S.A. Heerde J.A. & Scholes-Balog K.E.(2016). Risk Factors and Risk-Based Protective Factors for Violent Offending: A Study of Young Victorians. J Crim Justice. 2016 June ; 45: 94–100. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2016.02.012.
- Proulx, J., Cortoni, F., Craig, L.A., & Letourneau, E.J. (2020). The Wiley Handbook of What Works with Sexual Offenders: Contemporary Perspectives in Theory, Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention. Wiley Blackwell.
- Ttofi M.M. & Farrington, D. P. (2011). Effectiveness of school-based programs to reduce bullying: a systematic and meta-analytic review. Journal of Experimental Criminology. 7, (1), 27–56.
- Whitehead, P, (2018), Demonising the Other: The criminalisation of morality, Policy Press
- Williams, J. H., Ayers, C. D., Van Dorn, R. A., & Arthur, M. W. (2003). Risk and protective factors in the development of delinquency and conduct disorder. In M. W. Fraser (Ed.), Risk and resilience in childhood, 2nd edition. (pp. 209-249). Washington, DC: NASW.
- Wright, M, Blad, J and Cornwell, D (Ed’s) (2013), Civilising Criminal Justice: An International Restorative Agenda for Penal Reform, Waterside Press
Depending on your areas of interest, you might want to visit the following websites:
- National Stalking Helpline | Suzy Lamplugh Trust
- Statistics How To: Elementary Statistics for the rest of us!
- Stop It Now! UK and Ireland | Preventing child sexual abuse
- The Forgiveness Project
- Restorative Justice
- Crime and Justice
- UK Government Statistics Youth Justice Statistics 2020/21
- UK Government Statistics Youth Justice Statistics 2019/20
Things to do now
To help you prepare for your studies, you may find it useful to try the following activities:
- Examine a variety of stories in the news which include offending behaviour, from low level to the more extreme such as ‘terrorism’. Consider the events from the perspective of the person who has offended and the person/people who were offended against. Attempt to just sit with some of the paradoxical ideas of ‘truth’ relating to the events as they might be experienced by each of the actors in each event.
- Think about a topic that you would like to know more, and how you could design and conduct a research project around this topic.
- Take 30 min 3-4 times a week to read/ watch the news (Twitter, TV, Apps) to see how crime is reported by the media and what kind of language is used to cover these issues
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Dr Nicholas Longpré is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology at Edge Hill University. His research interests principally revolve around sexual and nonsexual violent offending. More specifically, his work focuses on the study of the latent structure and aetiology of sexual sadism and sexually coercive behaviours, the Agonistic Continuum, the measurement of offence-supportive cognitions among sexual offenders, as well as the exchange and consumption of child pornography. Dr Longpré is also working on several other topics with students and colleagues: (1) Terrorism & Radicalization, (2) Stalking, (3) Knife crimes, (4) Dark Tetrad, (5) Cognitions, (6) Emotional Recognition, (7) Paraphilias, (8) Hypersexuality, (9) Sexual Harassment, (10) Sexual Coercion, & (11) Rape Myths.
Dr Longpré received his PhD in Criminology from the University of Montreal in 2016. From 2016 to 2018, I have completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr Raymond Knight, the Mortimer Gryzmish Professor of Human Relations, in the department of psychology at Brandeis University. He became a part-time lecturer at the University of Montreal from September 2011 to July 2018. Before joining Edge Hill University, Dr Longpré has worked at the University of Roehampton from September 2018 to August 2021 as Lecturer and Programme leader for the MSc Forensic Psychology.
Dr Anna Bussu is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour at Edge Hill University (UK). From 2012 to 2015 she was assistant professor at the University of Sassari (Italy). Her research interests include restorative justice, risk and protective factors, and cyberstalking and cyberbullying; police forces interrogation and training needs.
Through Prometeo, Eramus Staff Fellowships and international visiting professorship, she has worked and conducted research in Ecuador, US, Spain, and various other countries in Europe.
Dr Sean Creaney is a Criminologist and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology at Edge Hill University. His areas of knowledge and expertise include the theory and practice of co-production and Child First participation. He was previously a Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice. Sean is a founding Advisory Board member of social justice charity Peer Power, an empathy-led charity focussed on healing trauma and creating individual and system change. In 2021, he was a research consultant on a Youth Justice Board commissioned project that audited and explored the practice of participatory approaches and co-creation across Youth Justice Services. He co-authored the report on how involving children and young people can positively transform youth justice services, which provides guidance on how to utilise creative approaches to facilitate children’s involvement in the design, delivery and evaluation of services. Sean played a key role in establishing the knowledge transfer partnership between Edge Hill University, Chester University and Cheshire Youth Justice Services, and currently sits as a voluntary member of the Cheshire Youth Justice Services Management Board. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Safer Communities journal (Emerald) and was awarded Outstanding Paper in both the 2015 and 2021 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.