Criminology BA (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time, 4.5 years flexible learning

Overview

Drawing on a wide range of concepts, models and comparative perspectives, this programme will engage you from the outset. You will quickly become immersed in fascinating contemporary debates about the role of the media in constructing crime as a social problem, about the causes and consequences of offending behaviour, and about ‘what works’ in terms of preventing, detecting and reducing crime. You will also critically examine the moral and ethical dimensions and purposes of punishment, and the dilemmas facing policy makers, practitioners and sentencers in their decision-making. The course benefits from regular  guest contributions from criminal justice professionals and other external expert  speakers who provide detailed insights into the practical aspects of responding to crime and its victims, as well as highlighting potential graduate employment opportunities in related fields.

Course content

The programme offers a varied, yet focused, choice of subjects through which you will be able to develop your interests within the specialised field of criminology. Year one establishes your broad understanding of the social sciences and issues of social inequality. It also introduces you to the many facets of criminology including criminal justice, criminological theory, psychology and sociology. As you progress through the programme you will explore different types of crime, including alcohol and drug-related offending, cybercrime, hate crime and white-collar crime.

You will deepen your understanding of the theoretical assumptions, ideologies and research evidence that frame and influence criminal justice policy in our increasingly globalised society. You will also have opportunities to undertake a work placement as part of your studies and,  in your final year dissertation, to pursue independent, in-depth research into a criminological topic of particular interest to you.

Career opportunities

This course progresses a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of work situations. Possible career destinations would include roles within policing, probation, prison service, victim support and youth offending teams, as well as opportunities for crime analysts and investigators in the expanding private security sector. Key skills in research methods, critical evaluation and analysis of data  and information, communication and teamwork are especially relevant to a variety of employment pathways within the criminal justice and community safety sphere.

 


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Entry requirements

 

September 2018 Entry Requirements

You must achieve either at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma), or a total of 88 points from a maximum of 3 A levels. 

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9 M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English or a recognised equivalent are also required.

Fees

Fees per academic year: 2017/18 

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

Part-time UK/EU Students: £4,950* per year over four years

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

 

As a full time student, you will study a total of 120 credits each year. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits and dissertations are 40 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


SEEING CRIME AND JUSTICE


SEEING CRIME AND JUSTICE: details currently unavailable

SOCIAL THEORIES OF CRIME


SOCIAL THEORIES OF CRIME: details currently unavailable

THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ENVIRONMENT


MODULE TITLE : THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ENVIRONMENT

MODULE CODE : CRU404


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module introduces core areas of criminology, focusing on the processes and systems which constitute criminal justice within the UK.  It aims to introduce students to varying ideas and concepts of crime and justice and the way these are socially and legally constructed.  The module will combine a practice oriented introduction to different stages, institutions and professional roles within justice systems with some theoretical influences on these.  The students gain an understanding of issues including prevention and management of crime, deviance and victimisation.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Introduce the criminal justice system in the UK including police and court processes
  • Examine the concepts and construction of crime and justice
  • Explore the processes of preventing and managing crime and deviance, and managing and preventing victimisation
  • Introduce some theoretical influences on the development of crime and justice policy.

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice system within the UK; and have a better understanding of the processes used to prevent and manage crime, deviance and victimisation
  • Gain an understanding of the broad concepts of crime and justice in Britain, showing awareness of how these are socially and legally constructed
  • Explore the way different theoretical approaches within criminology have influenced crime and justice policy
  • Discuss the processes involved within a court situation applying learning about the roles of different professionals
  • Debate theoretical influences on the processes of managing crime and victimisation.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Essay (2500 words)

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIME


THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIME: details currently unavailable

UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL RESEARCH


UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL RESEARCH: details currently unavailable

INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING


INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING: details currently unavailable

THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION


MODULE TITLE : THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION

MODULE CODE : WWU404


MODULE SUMMARY :

Sociological concepts underpin our understandings of society, communities and families. This module will explore the sociological imagination by applying key theories to examples in contemporary society. The module will include examinations of classical sociological theorists including Marx, Durkheim and Weber as well as more contemporary sociology including Critical Race Theory, Feminist Perspectives and Postmodern approaches. The module will also consider the role of the media and discourse in shaping understandings and also critiques of the sociological canon as gendered and Eurocentric.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Explore and critique key theoretical concepts in sociology.
  • Apply sociological concepts to understanding society
  • Engage in a critical analysis of constructions of the family and community in relation to sociological concepts
  • Examine the role the media and discourse have in shaping understandings of society.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Critical examine sociological theory using contemporary examples.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the media and discourse in influencing concepts of society.
  • Critique the sociological canon.
  • Sociologically critique conceptions of the family and community.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Group Presentation (15 minutes)

Component 2 - 60% Essay (2000 words)

Year 2 modules


POLICING, PUNISHMENT AND SOCIAL CONTROL


MODULE TITLE : POLICING, PUNISHMENT AND SOCIAL CONTROL

MODULE CODE : CRU503


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will start by considering a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches towards social control and will explore how these are reflected in policy and agency approaches towards crime control and penal sanctions. 

The module considers the historical and social background to the emergence of professional policing and of the use of imprisonment as a punishment. Students will analyse the assumptions and ideologies that underpin the use of discretion by decision makers within the justice process, and their implications for offenders, victims and on wider public opinion, as reflected in media and official discourses surrounding policing and punishment. 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop students’ theoretical understanding of social control and the strategies employed by societies to regulate and control criminal behaviour, and to sanction and punish transgressors 
  • Equip students with a sound knowledge of the social and historical development of public policing, its contemporary organisation and the nature and culture of police work
  • Develop students’ understanding of the social and historical development of penal institutions, the philosophy and politics of criminal justice and modes of punishment, and offenders’ and victims’ experiences of the penal process 
  • Contribute to students’ critical awareness of issues of discretion, discrimination and diversity within the crime control arena
  • Refine students’ digital literacy skills in relation to the location, search, retrieval and evaluation of relevant source material

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Debate the nature of social control with reference to appropriate theoretical models       
  • Examine a range of perspectives on policing and punishment and locate these in their social and historical contexts
  • Critically appraise the fairness and consequences for offenders and victims of various institutional approaches to crime control, with reference to issues of human rights and public protection
  • Plan and execute a piece of rigorous enquiry, including the production of a report which recognises the criminological implications of their findings

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% Group Presentation (20 minutes)

Component 2 - 70% Examination (2 hours)

CRIME AND POWER


MODULE TITLE : CRIME AND POWER

MODULE CODE : CRU504


MODULE SUMMARY :

Analysis of crime in society often focuses on street crimes and those offences committed by deprived sections of society. This module will focus on the relationship between crime and power and will examine the crimes committed by the powerful. White Collar Crime, State Crime and Environmental Crime will be explored and the definition of ‘crime’ itself will be critiqued and analysed. The notion of ‘social harm’ that crimes of the powerful can have on society will also be explored. Particular attention will be paid to the power of the state to both define and police ‘crime’. The role of the media in shaping perceptions of crime will also be explored.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Examine the definition of ‘crime’
  • Explore White Collar, State Crime and Environmental Crime
  • Examine the relationship between crime and power and the concept of social harm.
  • Discuss the power of state to define and police crime
  • Explore the role of the media in shaping perceptions of crime.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Critically evaluate definitions of crime 
  • Understand White Collar, State and Environmental Crime
  • Critique the role of the state in defining and policing crime
  • Analyse the relationship between crime, power and social harm.
  • Critique the role of the media in shaping understandings of crime.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 25% Report on Newspaper Article (1000 words)

Component 2 - 75% Essay (3000 words)

CRIME AND SOCIETY


CRIME AND SOCIETY: details currently unavailable

INTERVENTIONS, JUSTICE AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES


INTERVENTIONS, JUSTICE AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES: details currently unavailable

WORK PLACEMENT


MODULE TITLE : WORK PLACEMENT

MODULE CODE : PLU502


MODULE SUMMARY :

This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 10.00
Independent : 90.00
Placement : 100.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Encourage students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing their own placement in a workplace setting.

  • Encourage students to work constructively with their workplace supervisor and university placement tutor, taking ownership of the placement and of their independent learning throughout the experience.

  • Enable students to negotiate the relationship between academic theory and their understanding of workplace settings and their roles within those settings.

  • Encourage students to reflect critically on their experiences.

  • Encourage students to produce a reflective digital resource aimed at an external audience, to contribute towards work and study transitions.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to: 

  1. Secure, negotiate and undertake a specific role in a workplace setting.

  2. Evaluate features of the workplace setting and their role within it.

  3. Critically evaluate the learning opportunities provided by the workplace experience and understand that learning will benefit current and lifelong learning, values and future employability.

  4. Present a creatively engaging argument within an appropriate digital medium for an external audience, which critically reflects upon an issue or interrelating issues affecting the workplace setting.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % PLACEMENT REGISTRATION FORM

Component 2 - 60% WORK PLACEMENT REFLECTION (2500 WORDS)

Component 3 - 40% WORK PLACEMENT EVALUATION: DIGITAL RESOURCE (1500 WORDS EQUIVALENT)

QUALITATIVE CRIMINOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS


MODULE TITLE : QUALITATIVE CRIMINOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS

MODULE CODE : CRU500


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the use of qualitative research methodology within criminology by introducing students to a range of practical examples of criminological research projects. Through exposing students to a number of visiting speakers along with some taught input, it will explore how real life researchers have approached a range of issues pertinent to conducting qualitative criminological research including acquiring ethical approval, conducting a literature review, gathering and analysing data, and presenting their results to audiences. Students will explore a number of qualitative methodologies and methods including action research, ethnography, life history/narrative case study research, participant observation, focus groups and interviewing.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 76.00
Placement :
Total :  100.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Explore and evaluate their own application of qualitative research methodology and methods within criminology including, for example action research and ethnography, interviews, participant observation, life story work and case studies.

  • Enable students to understand how to develop qualitative research designs that are fit for purpose and meet ethical requirements.

  • Enable students to understand how to conduct a literature review

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Offer definitions for and discuss a range of qualitative research terminology

  • Understand the processes involved in carrying out a qualitative research project

  • Understand how to ensure that ethical considerations are in place when conducting research

  • Conduct a pilot study and reflect on the process          

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% 2,000 word individual written report

RESEARCH PREPARATION


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH PROPOSAL

MODULE CODE : CRU520


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will ready students to begin their level 6 Capstone Project. Initial group lectures will introduce and explain the two possible routes through the level 6 Criminology Capstone Project (empirical and project based). Further lectures and personal tutorials will provide guidance and support so students can conceive their research question/topic. Students will then be allocated a supervisor from within or outside the criminology team who will help them hone their question/topic, guide students through the ethical approval process, and suggest possible literature sources for their proposed project. Students will be shown how to search for literature using the library catalogue and academically appropriate internet search engines. Students will then develop a detailed research proposal and plan on the basis of which they can begin work on their extended project or dissertation.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 76.00
Placement :
Total :  100.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to conceive a viable research question/topic for their level 6 capstone project
  • Identify a suitable supervisor from within or outside the staff team
  • Support students in the submission of a research ethics application
  • Enable students to develop and justify a methodological approach leading to the production of a research proposal

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Develop and justify an approach to their capstone project with their allocated supervisor
  • Learn how to search for that literature using the library catalogue and appropriate academic internet search engines
  • Develop a plan for an appropriate and ethically sound extended project/dissertation

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Research Proposal 2000 words

Year 3 modules


DISSERTATION - optional module


MODULE TITLE : DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : CRU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest through undertaking empirical research (either qualitative or quantitative) supported by a member of staff from the subject area (or elsewhere) with appropriate specialist knowledge. Students will produce a formal written thesis in line with the University’s guidelines.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 29.00
Independent : 371.00
Placement :
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to identify a viable research question/hypothesis and apply a breadth of knowledge about the issue or phenomena in which they are engaged.
  • Enable students to select, revise and refine appropriate methods in relation to their identified research question/topic and justify their employment.
  • Enable students to present a coherent written study that details methods, findings and conclusions.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Critically assess the issue or phenomena in which they have been engaged.
  • Critically reflect on some of the key contemporary thinking within the criminological field. 
  • Locate and justify appropriate methods in relation to their chosen area of study and understand the principles of effective research design.
  • Work autonomously with guidance from an allocated supervisor.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% 10,000 word dissertation

CRIMINOLOGY EXTENDED PROJECT - optional module


MODULE TITLE : CRIMINOLOGY EXTENDED PROJECT

MODULE CODE : CRU602


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest to them, such as an aspect of social policy (historical or current) in the area of crime/criminal justice or a social problem related to crime and criminal behaviour. Students will first undertake an extended literature review (in semester one) and then convert the findings into an accessible, engaging resource for an identified audience, such as community groups or policy makers (in semester two).

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 29.00
Independent : 371.00
Placement :
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Enable students to identify an issue or policy within the field of criminology worthy of in depth study.
  • Enable students to acquire and apply a breadth of knowledge about that issue or policy.
  • Enable students to undertake a critical review of the literature in their chosen area of study.
  • Enable students to produce a resource for an identified audience that critically evaluates their issue and communicates their findings appropriately and imaginatively.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and understanding of the issue with which they have been engaged.
  • Locate appropriate literature in relation to their chosen area of study.
  • Critically reflect on key contemporary thinking in their chosen area of study.
  • Present a resource such as a report, poster, leaflet, digital resource that critically engages with their chosen study and communicates key findings to a specified audience.
  • Develop their capacity for critical reflection and questioning.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Literature Based Review 5000 words

Component 2 - 50% Resource 5000 words

YOUNG PEOPLE AND CRIME


MODULE TITLE : YOUNG PEOPLE AND CRIME

MODULE CODE : CRU609


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module critically examines a range of criminological theory, both historical and contemporary, that seeks to explain why young people commit crime and how it has and continues to inform governmental responses to youth crime. This will include some discussion of current policy and legislation and an analysis of structures within the British Criminal Justice System (focusing on England and Wales) such as Youth Offending Teams. Particular focus will be on how young peoples’ criminal behaviour is interpreted and contested in the media and political discourses and how youth crime policy impacts disproportionately on certain groups of young people within society (e.g. black young people, young people who meet on the street, etc.). A recurrent theme will be how current models of work with young people involved in crime and multi-professional efforts to bring about desistance from that behaviour may conflict with the workers reluctance to engage in social control.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 40.00
Independent : 160.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Introduce students to fundamental concepts in criminology, looking at how these have developed over time in relation to young people, and how they can be applied to practice,

  • Analyse the legal framework around young people and crime (including the Criminal Justice System), the rationales behind its structure and young people’s experience of it,

  • Critically reflect on current discourse, policy and practice around young people and crime,

  • Introduce students to the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work within the Youth Justice system.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Examine and critically appraise a range of theories which seek to explain youth crime    

  • Consider a range of responses and strategies designed to bring about desistance from crime

  • Hear visiting speakers from the youth justice field sharing their experiences of working with young offenders

  • Articulate a coherent personal position on the effectiveness of current policy responses to youth crime

  • Understand how those policy responses impact on a diverse range of young people.

     

    And demonstrate that he/she

     

  • Critically understands contexts  in which community and youth workers are employed including the distinctive cultures of third sector and faith organisations, and multi agency approaches

  • Is a professional who understands and can articulate their role as educators in relation to other professionals

  • Can organise and articulate of opinions and arguments in speech and writing, including justifying a personal position in relation to the subject.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% ESSAY, 3000 WORDS

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE


EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: details currently unavailable

NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT - optional module


MODULE TITLE : NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT

MODULE CODE : PLU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module offers students the opportunity to build on their level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. Students will agree with their placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the work place. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement : 100.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing a negotiated work-based research project

  • Encourage students to use appropriate work-based research methods

  • Enable students to work collaboratively in a work setting, establishing continuity from their previous work placement and offering tangible evidence of building on this prior experience, where possible

  • Generate confidence and security in students’ employability on graduation

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Secure, negotiate and design a work-based research project

  • Develop an understanding of, and apply, research methods that are appropriate to work-based contexts

  • Interpret gathered information

  • Make a clear and productive contribution to the organization through the development of recommendations arising from the work-based research project

  • Present a creatively engaging argument

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT (8000 WORDS)

COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE - optional module


MODULE TITLE : COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE

MODULE CODE : CRU603


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module seeks to broaden students’ comparative understanding of criminal justice by locating it in an international context.  Using selected focal topics, it will heighten critical awareness of different models in use in responding to crime, deviance, victims and harm.

It will draw on examples from a number of comparator jurisdictions which may include Scotland, The Netherlands, China, Japan and the United States.  Students will be encouraged to access independently international source material in order to prepare a presentation and brief for a Justice Minister on a selected topic.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 176.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  •  Develop critical analysis in assessing the merits and limitations of competing perspectives on crime and justice system responses
  •  Place in comparative and transnational contexts key debates in respect of human rights in relation to treatment of offenders and victims
  •  Provide students with the opportunity to research, execute and present independently research material in appropriate formats

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in debates about the efficacy of different jurisdictional response to crime, deviance and victims

  • Critically assess the human rights and public protection benefits of differing approaches to crime control and punishment, and place these in their political and social contexts

  • Work autonomously and with others, recognising the ethical implications of their research and enquiry

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 25% Presentation/Debate (20 minutes)

Component 2 - 75% Brief (2500 words)

WORKING WITH FAMILIES FACING VIOLENCE AND HARM - optional module


WORKING WITH FAMILIES FACING VIOLENCE AND HARM: details currently unavailable

CRIME, PLACE AND SPACE - optional module


MODULE TITLE : CRIME, PLACE AND SPACE

MODULE CODE : CRU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will engage students in a detailed conceptual analysis of crime, space and place. Crime needs to be understood in relation to the private and public spaces in which it is located, such as the home, urban environments, rural environments, the school, shopping malls, parks, the prison, the street, neighbourhoods, and council estates. The module will explore how (and by whom) spaces are controlled and how this leads to perceptions within communities as to how to behave. Spaces (such as neighbourhoods) can become privatised, gentrified, gendered and racialised, leading to disproportionate policing and criminalisation. Students will critically examine how systems designed to reduce crime and provide safety in certain spaces – e.g. surveillance, affect criminal behaviour and people living in, or travelling through those spaces. Students will be encouraged take an ethnographic approach to understand the interaction between crime, place and space by exploring a real life space and relating this to theoretical frames.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Critically examine the concepts of place and space in relation to crime and criminal justice.

  • Explore how spaces become racialised, gendered and ghettoised and how this is related to crime.

  • Critically discuss the impact of privatisation and gentrification on urban spaces.

  • Explain and explore ethnographic approaches to understanding the relationship of space and crime.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Critically evaluate the relationship of crime space and criminal justice.

  • Understand the power relations underlying the symbolic boundaries of space.

  • Conduct a small scale ethnographic study critically examining the construction of space in relation to crime and criminal justice.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Individual Presentation (4000 word equivalent)

ISSUES IN FORENSIC INVESTIGATION - optional module


MODULE TITLE : CRITICAL ISSUES IN FORENSIC INVESTIGATION

MODULE CODE : CRU607


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will develop students’ knowledge and deepen their understanding of key investigative processes and techniques utilised in various forensic contexts.  It will integrate selected relevant theoretical perspectives from the field of forensic psychology with critical insights from applied criminology and policing studies.  A key reference point for the module will be Smith and Flanagan’s seminal (2000) Home Office research report, The Effective Detective: identifying the skills of an effective SIO.      

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Develop students’ critical understanding of how psychological knowledge can assist in the prevention of flawed evidence gathering and potential miscarriages of justice;

  • Enable students to critically assess the usefulness and limitations of tools designed to assist with eye witness identification and lie detection;

  • Promote critical reflection on the skillset one requires to develop as an effective investigative practitioner;

  • Engage students in the practical application of investigative interview techniques.

     

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Critically assess factors that make evidence reliable;   

  • Explain how knowledge of forensic psychological perspectives can help in obtaining evidence from witnesses and suspects;

  • Assess the utility and validity of the polygraph as an investigative tool 

  • Produce an ‘expert witness’ portfolio to demonstrate their learning and critical reflections. 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% PORTFOLIO (4500 WORDS)

Course code


L311

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