The great Crime Clear-Out continues with 3 Study Guides that I probably half-inched at some point from the Queen Elizabeth High School Moodle site (which is okay because whoever put them there – along with some other crime-related bits-and-bobs that might be worth a butcher’s – seems to have got them from Greenhead College).
From what I can gather the Guides seem to have been created 10 or so years ago (or maybe slightly earlier), a point I mention not because the basic theory and concepts used are out-of-date but because a few of the resources mentioned in the text – particularly a couple of pieces of video – no-longer seem to exist. I have, therefore, edited these references out of the text.
Aside from this I’ve left everything much as the (unknown) author/s intended, including the references to an equally-unknown textbook / guide, sections of which students are encouraged to read before answering some of the questions. I’ve deliberately left the Guides in Word format so that if you want to use them with your students you can edit / adapt these references accordingly for whatever textbook you use.
I’ve been forced to make a few formatting adjustments to each Guide – the texts, as I’ve noted, were originally in Word format and if you’ve ever tried to do any kind of fancy formatting with earlier versions of Word you’ll know that the outcome can be problematic.
At worst, text and graphics slide all over the place.
At best, text and graphics slide all over the place.
Although I’ve done some remedial work here, it’s Word.
So there can be no guarantees that everything that was placed where it should be has stayed there.
You’ll also probably note from the sample page graphics that these are not the kind of All-singing, All-dancing, designs you’ve come to expect from some contemporary resource providers (modesty-forbids, but I think we all probably know who I’m talking about).
The design can fairly be described as functional-for-the-time, but to be equally-fair you’re probably not here for the aesthetics.
Rather, you’ll be looking for content you can
pass off as your own when SMT come a-callin’ adapt to whatever your students need. And in this you will not be disappointed by the sociological content contained in the three available Guides:
Each consists of a range of different activities, mainly individual but some involving group / paired work, designed for your students to work through systematically.
Alternatively you might want to lift out different sections to use as reasonably-short class / home activities – particularly because, this being Greenhead College stuff, some of the material will (euphemistically) challenge the majority of Sociology students who don’t attend “the 10th best among all state funded Sixth Form Colleges in the UK”.