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Exploring the Criminology Curriculum—Reflections on Developing and Embedding Critical Information Literacy

Stockdale, Kelly ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4840-7956, Sweeney, Rowan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4697-3302, McCluskey-Dean, Clare ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7231-527X, Brown, Jodie and Azam, Ismail (2022) Exploring the Criminology Curriculum—Reflections on Developing and Embedding Critical Information Literacy. In: Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice: Challenges for Higher Education. Springer, pp. 13-34

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There have been countless calls to critique criminology’s disciplinary traditions, particularly in relation to its failure to address its colonial roots (Agozino, 2003; Kitossa, 2012). Ajil & Blount-Hill argue that “leading voices in academia—in criminology especially—are still predominantly white, heterosexual, male, Eurocentric and status-quo oriented” (2020: 84). The continued marginalisation of certain voices—female, colonised, non-western, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ+)—has not only influenced, but also distorted our knowledge of key criminological topics (Connell, 2007; Cunneen & Rowe, 2015). This chapter explores the journey to address some of these issues; namely, to decolonise the criminology curriculum and work with students to encourage critical information literacy and to encourage academic staff and students to critically explore their curriculum and whose voices are included or absent. We consider this journey from both staff and student viewpoints: the authors reflect on their experiences and draw upon the challenges faced, future opportunities, and pedagogical value of embedding a reflective and critical information literacy within our criminology programmes. We conclude the chapter by providing practical suggestions for embedding critical information literacy.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-14899-6_2
School/Department: Library and Learning Services
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7865

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