Criminology BA (Hons)

Honours Degree , Full-time

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Key Details

  • 3 Years
  • 104 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • L311 Course Code
Criminology

Overview

Criminology at Newman University explores crime and the criminal justice system from a critical perspective. You will quickly become a valued part of a diverse learning community seeking to understand the full range of crimes and social harms that affect us all in society. We will debate questions such as: Is crime the product of social factors or individual psychology? Is the law enforced equally on all sections of the community? What is the purpose of punishment and prisons? How can we best respond to youth violence? Our interactive classroom sessions are complemented by field trips to courts and prisons and talks by guest speakers such as ex-prisoners, Police and prison staff, magistrates, campaigners and internationally renowned academics.

Why study Criminology?

You might find that the teaching and learning on the criminology programme at Newman is not what you expect. Especially in this day and age, you can quickly access information via the internet in seconds, so for us, studying criminology at Newman is about you becoming critical criminological thinkers.

Some facts that were ‘known’ about crime and criminal justice 100 years ago are now discredited. Sometimes you will know more than we do, and we will acknowledge this and let you educate us. This means you will be able to challenge us as lecturers, and each other, and even change what we are learning.

Rather than listening to someone at the front of a classroom giving you information, we strive to create dialogical and democratic spaces in which we can all discuss the most pertinent and contemporary topics related to crime and the criminal justice system. This will hopefully inspire you to go and find out more. We also operate a small tutor group system designed to offer you more individual support with any personal issues and develop your study skills.

You will have opportunities to get directly involved in real world scenarios throughout the course too; for example, by working with community groups and campaigners seeking justice for people who have died in custody or with our innovative youth and community work project – ReachOut – working with local young people around issues of community safety, social media and access to Higher Education.

You will be taught by a team of experienced lecturers who all have not only written and published research in criminal justice but have worked professionally in the field too.

What does the course cover?

Year one establishes your broad understanding of the social sciences and issues of social inequality, introducing you to the many facets of criminal justice and criminological theory. You will quickly become immersed in debates about the role of the media in constructing crime as a social problem and the history and contested role of the Police service in the UK. We will explore the underlying psychological and social causes of crime and you will visit a Magistrates court to see how criminal justice is administered.

In year two you will think in more detail about ‘what works’ in terms of preventing and reducing crime. You will critically examine the moral and ethical dimensions of punishment and explore a range of social problems, considering how criminal justice and social policy offer very different ways of responding. You will also have the choice of studying either the psychology of the criminal justice system or exploring criminal justice systems across the world, comparing responses to global crime topics. This will deepen your understanding of the theoretical assumptions and ideologies that frame criminal justice policy in our increasingly globalised society. You will also have the opportunity to develop your ideas for your final year capstone project and undertake a work placement as part of your studies.

In your final year you will delve deeper into issues of equality and diversity in criminal justice and the crimes committed by big business, corporations and state actors such as the Police and national governments. You will also pursue independent, in-depth research into a criminological topic of particular interest to you. This can either be in the form of a traditional dissertation or an extended project that explains a crime related issue to an audience of your choice. You will also be able to choose from a range of tailored option modules that, for example, examine youth crime or explore crime in a specific neighborhood through a photography project.

How will I be assessed?

All assessment is via coursework in the form of essays, personal reflective accounts, individual and group presentations, reports, case studies and digital projects like film or photography based on your own field observations. There are no formal examinations in the programme. You will receive regular feedback to help with your assignments through our tutor group system and individual tutorials

What careers could I consider?

We hope that you will leave having developed transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in a variety of work situations. There is a wide range of possible career destinations where criminology graduates find themselves able to be a force for change and influence, including: probation, policing, victim support, youth offending, crime analysts, local government, and in the voluntary and private sectors.

Start Your Newman Journey Today

Thinking of joining us in September 2020? Make sure you submit your application to UCAS before the 15th January deadline. If you need support with your application, then contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via the link below.

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 104 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

As it is not possible to achieve 104 UCAS points through an Access course, Access Students will need 106 UCAS points. You can reach this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 106 UCAS Points: D27-M0-P18; D124-M6-P15; D21-M12-P12; D18-M18-P9; D15-M24-P6; D12-M24-P3; D9-M36-P0. 

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, are also required.

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers Criminology (with Foundation Year) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK/EU students: £9,250 *
Part-time UK/EU students: TBC

* Fees shown are for 2020/21 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 

 

Additional Information

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Modules

 

 

  1. SEEING CRIME AND JUSTICE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce and explore ideas about crime and justice through looking at the way in which the media ‘constructs’ them. It will include an exploration of the role of the media, utilising key sociological concepts to analyse the way in which crime and justice are constructed in a range of media contexts (news, drama and documentary) and through a range of media outlets (printed media, TV, film and digital media).

     

    This module includes 12 hours scheduled tutor group time to provide students with further learning support, focused on study skills and assignments. These tutor groups will also provide the vehicle advice and guidance around and employability. Students will be introduced to possible future careers in for example Youth Justice, the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies, the Police, the Prison Service as well as a wide range of third sector organisations such as victim support and options for progressing into to professional training routes in the areas such as law and social work.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 48.00 Independent   : 152.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Introduce key sociological concepts relevant to the study of crime, deviance and criminal justice e.g. moral panics, social construction, discourse and risk

    • Apply these to a range of media artefacts in order to understanding the role the media in constructing and reproducing discourses

    • Help students develop an understanding of the complex relationship between ‘fact’, discourse and events

    • Introduce  relevant sociological/criminological theory, as well as practical strategies for media analysis

    • Use these examples to support students in developing appropriate skills in the selection and analysis of information, thereby enhancing student employability.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Become familiar with and practise the application of key sociological ideas relevant to the study of crime and justice      

    • Interrogate a range of media resources using key sociological and criminological ideas

    • Acquire an understanding of the conventions and values that underpin crime news reporting

    • Assess the extent to which boundaries are 'blurred' between factual, fictional and reality media coverage of crime and justice.

    • Begin to consider their future employment options.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 80% Blog Post (1500 words)

    Component 2 - 20% Skills Audit (500 words)

  2. THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ENVIRONMENT
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    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 tutor led input on theoretical models of criminal justice with a more practice oriented introduction to the different stages, institutions and professional roles within justice systems via input from guest speakers.  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 core 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% Court Report (2000 words)

  3. THE SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME
    (Compulsory) cru407
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the main social theories of crime causation and prevention. It recognises that sociological concepts underpin our understandings of society as well as the phenomenon of crime. The module will introduce both classical and contemporary sociological theories (consensus, conflict and interactionist) focussing on how they have been deployed within criminology. The module will use a series of real world examples to help students evaluate how applicable each explanation is to a range of crimes. The module will provide a foundation for students further application of these theories at level five and six.

     

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop students’ understanding of the key sociological concepts and how these have been deployed within criminology.

    • Enable students to apply sociological concepts to understanding society and to explaining the phenomenon of crime

    • Assist students to understand the inter-relations between different social theories of crime and how these theories draw on, refine and develop previous theoretical models.

    • Develop students’ ability to process complex ideas and present them in a synthesised and accessible way

    • Facilitate students’ ability to utilise theoretical models to seek to explain real world examples of crime.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Describe and examine a range of key sociological concepts and theoretical approaches as they apply within the discipline of criminology.

    • Apply these theoretical approaches to real world instances of crime and social harm, such as property crime, violence, and environmental harm

    • Explore the limitations of criminological theories to explain the full range of crimes.

    • Communicate and synthesise effectively in both verbal and written formats.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Essay (1500 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Poster (1000 word equivalent)

  4. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIME
    (Compulsory) cru405
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will examine what the field of psychological theory can contribute to the multidisciplinary study of crime. It will enable students to adjust to the demands of learning at degree level, equipping them with a basic understanding of relevant concepts from the field of Psychology, Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology. This will provide students with a theoretical basis for the study of individual dimensions to deviance, criminal behaviour, offending, victimisation and desistance. Students will gain confidence in the use of language and be able to clearly define key concepts, in preparation for later research and work related learning.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Introduce students to relevant schools of psychological theory (e.g. Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Behaviourist, and Cognitive).

    • Develop students understanding of key concepts and theories in developmental and social psychology including theories of the self, personality, attachment, identity, learning, cognitive, moral and identity development, attitudes, prejudice, and aggression.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Engage in debates about the relative merits of psychological theory when seeking to understand criminal and deviant behaviour
    • Demonstrate sound knowledge of the basic underlying theoretical, conceptual and methodological frameworks within psychology, social psychology and developmental psychology
    • Evaluate and interpret that theory within the context of the criminal justice system and develop lines of argument in accordance with those frameworks.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Essay (2500 words)

  5. POLICING AND SOCIAL CONTROL
    (Compulsory) cru408
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

     

    This module will start by considering a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches towards social control and how these are reflected in policy and agency approaches towards crime control. The module then considers the historical and social and legal background to the emergence of professional policing. Students will analyse the assumptions and ideologies that underpin the use of discretion by the police and their implications for offenders, victims and on wider public opinion, as reflected in media and official discourses surrounding policing. Additionally, the module will introduce students to modern day policing practices and guest speakers who will situate these within wider debates about the challenges faced by law enforcement in relation to crime control in a rapidly changing and evolving world.

     

    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.

    • 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.

    • Contribute to students’ understanding and awareness of issues of discretion, discrimination and diversity within the crime control arena as they relate to policing.

    • 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: 

    • Understand and debate the nature of social control with reference to appropriate theoretical models.     

    • Examine a range of perspectives on policing and locate these in their social and historical contexts.

    • Begin to 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 an essay which recognises the key debates and theories highlighted on the module.         

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Presentation (10 minutes, 2000 word equivalent)

  6. UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL RESEARCH
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

     

    Social research is widely used in when studying society, particularly in criminological study. In order to analyse and interpret research it is essential to have a working knowledge of social research and data. This module will introduce key rudimentary concepts in quantitative methods and analysis so that students are able to acquire the academic skills needed to understand and critique quantitative research, statistics and data. The module will also provide students with an opportunity, in groups, to carry out a small scale piece of quantitative research, including experiencing the process of obtaining ethical approval.

     

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Introduce key concepts in quantitative research
    • Explore the use of data and statistics in understanding society
    • Introduce students to the role of ethics in research
    • Discuss the role of quantitative research with Criminology.
    • Provide students an opportunity to carry out a small scale research project.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Understand key quantitative research concepts 
    • Discuss the use of data and quantitative methods
    • Critique the uses of quantitative research in criminological research
    • Understand the importance of ethics and obtain ethical approval for their project.
    • Understand the theories of knowledge and society that lie behind quantitative research
    • Apply their understanding to quantitative research on crime and society.

     

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Group Survey and Report (1000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Research Analysis Exercise (1000 words)

  1. QUALITATIVE CRIMINOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS
    (Compulsory) cru500
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    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 criminological researchers have approached a range of issues pertinent to conducting qualitative criminological research including: acquiring ethical approval, conducting a literature review, gathering and analysing qualitative 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   : 0.00 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

  2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will develop students’ knowledge and deepen their understanding of the psychological underpinnings of the criminal justice environment and the various actors who come within its ambit. A key theme running through the module will be on the insights that psychology can offer on explaining decision-making in various contexts, on the part of victims, offenders, agencies and professionals associated with criminal justice and its operation in practice. It will also explore the critical importance of public attitudes towards crime, punishment and the Criminal Justice System.      

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Expand students’ understanding of how psychological perspectives can explain decision-making by key actors in the criminal justice environment, including the police, jurors, probation service and sentencers;

    • Stimulate students’ critical awareness of crime and mental disorder, and the concept of ‘dangerousness’;

    • Engage students with topical debates related to the psychology of terrorism and violence, vulnerable persons in the CJS, coercive control and desistance.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

     

    • Investigate and reflect upon the efficacy of psychological expertise in the assessment, treatment and management of offenders within the Criminal Justice System;

    • Appreciate the significance of  public confidence and trust in the Criminal Justice System and psychological factors that influence this;

    • Select, study and present a relevant case study to demonstrate their learning and critical reflections. 

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Essay (2500 words)

    Component 2 - 40% Poster Presentation (1500 words equivalent)

  3. COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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    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 brief for a Justice Minister on a selected topic.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 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 - 100% Briefing Paper (2000 words)

  4. PENOLOGY: PUNISHMENT AND PRISONS
    (Compulsory) cru509
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module is a study of the penal system. This includes the history, philosophy, sociology and practice of state punishment. Punishment is highly contested and penal practices both historically and in the contemporary world have been subject to vigorous critique. Students will be encouraged to become involved in these debates and to have the confidence to articulate their own views and opinions concerning state punishment.

     

    This module will start by considering a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches towards state punishment. Students will explore how state punishment is justified philosophically and how its operation is explained sociologically. The module will then explore how the penal these ideas are reflected in both in terms of government policy and in practice through the work of courts, prisons and offender management agencies.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • To provide students with a good understanding of the history, justifications and operation of the penal system.

    • To develop the skills of research, logic and analysis in respect of complex legal, moral and philosophical issues raised by the theory and practice of punishment

    • To develop an awareness of   the economic, social and political issues underlying the system of punishment in England & Wales

    • To produce students who have developed an understanding of the penal system and who are able to analyse critically both its operation and proposals for its reform

    • Contribute to students’ critical awareness of issues of discretion, discrimination and diversity within state punishment practices

    • Refine students’ 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:

     

    • Examine a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within penology, and to evaluate their application.

    • Explore a range of perspectives on punishment and locate these in their social and historical contexts

    • Critically appraise the values, practices and processes of governance, including human rights, that underpin the treatment of lawbreakers within UK criminal justice systems, and allied agencies which administer sentencing and alternatives

    • Evaluate penal agency (including prisons) practices in terms of changing values and relationships between individuals, groups, and public and private agencies in different locations

    Plan and execute a piece of rigorous enquiry, including the production and presentation of a report which recognises the criminological implications of their findings

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Group Portfolio (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 40% Group Presentation on Research Project (15 minutes, groups of 3 maximum)

  5. REHABILITATION AND DESISTANCE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to explore the theoretical concepts of rehabilitation and desistance within criminology. It will then analyse a range of court disposals and interventions used across the criminal justice system.  The module will include an investigation of the policy ideas of ‘what works’ and ‘evidence based practice’.  Consideration will be given to the importance of justice and proportionality alongside the rights of victims and the role of the community.  Students will critically examine some key offender management and ‘treatment’ models using critical discussion and research.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Develop students’ ability to demonstrate the influence of theoretical ideas regarding rehabilitation and desistance

    • Develop students critical understanding of the range of criminal justice disposals and interventions with offenders

    • Critically evaluate alternative punishment, treatment and intervention models using research evidence and informed discussion

    • Explore the rights and potential roles of victims, offenders and the wider community and build understanding of the tensions and contradictions arising

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the influences on policy and practice for sentencing and treatment of offenders.

    • Understand the range of court disposals and interventions used within the criminal justice system.

    • Use evidence and critical discussion to compare alternative methods of intervention and treatment.

    • Investigate and debate key issues facing practitioners working in this area.

    • Demonstrate an ability to synthesise arguments and understand the different principles that can inform practice.

    • Apply different theoretical perspectives to develop an improved understanding of models of punishment and treatment of offenders

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Essay (2000 words)

  6. CRIME AND SOCIETY
    (Compulsory) cru505
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to develop students’ critical understanding of central debates concerning crime in contemporary society.  It will focus on selected topics in relation to the social construction of crime and victimisation, and examine policy and agency responses to them. Students will asked to consider the social dimensions of different types of crime and the ways in which these are represented in the media, public opinion and official discourses.  Crimes considered may include the regulation of sex work, alcohol and drug related offending, and youth crime.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop students’ appreciation of the scope of criminology as an interdisciplinary field of study

    • Develop students’ critical understanding of key concepts and theoretical approaches within criminology

    • Engage students with ‘live’ debates on crime and provide opportunities to apply appropriate criminological perspectives in analysis and explanation

    • Enhance students’ awareness of the criminal justice process in action, and the values and assumptions that underpin the practices and responses of key agencies and institutions working within it.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

     

    • Identify and appraise different sources of data related to crime and victimisation

    • Describe and examine a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within criminology

    • Recognise and critique values and processes underpinning criminal justice agency responses to crime

    • Communicate and synthesise effectively in appropriate written formats.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Briefing Paper (3000 words)

  7. RESEARCH PROPOSAL
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    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   : 0.00 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)

  8. WORK RELATED LEARNING
    (Compulsory) plu512
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    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. This module provides an opportunity for students wishing to attain National Professional recognition with the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) to complete an AMTLA project. The module will also provide the opportunity for those students interested in going on to the PGCE programme to gain support and guidance with the PGCE application process.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 0.00 Independent   : 0.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 0.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Encourage students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing their own placement/work experience in a workplace setting.
    • Encourage students to work constructively with their workplace supervisor and university placement tutor, taking ownership of the placement/work experience and of their independent learning throughout.
    • 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)

  1. DISSERTATION
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    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   : 36.00 Independent   : 364.00 Placement   : 0.00 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, make use of 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% Dissertation (8000 words)

  2. CRIMINOLOGY EXTENDED PROJECT
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    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   : 36.00 Independent   : 364.00 Placement   : 0.00 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 and make suitable use of 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.
    • Demonstrate their capacity for critical reflection and questioning.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Literature Based Review (4000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Resource (4000 word equivalent)

  3. EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will provide the basis for students to critically examine the relationship between crime, the criminal justice system and the increasingly fluid and intersectional social categories of ‘race’, culture, religion, gender, and sexuality. Using national and international contemporary theoretical perspectives, students will examine how these can aid explanation of crime in late modern Britain. Through their own reflective writing and the use of a range of visual methods/resources, students will be challenged to critically evaluate how they as potential practitioners are situated within structures of power and how their own inhabiting of multiple identities will be implicated in their efforts to challenge the inequalities that persist within the criminal justice system.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Critically examine how discourses of difference permeate criminal justice.

    • Critically evaluate how theoretical frames such as Feminism, Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality inform the study of criminology.

    • Enable students to recognise how they are located within these discourses as individuals with their own biographical experiences and multiple identities.

    • Enable students to explore how their own professional practice can challenge hegemonic power relations as they manifest in criminal justice.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

     

    • Analyse film, theatre and ethno-dramatic portrayals of crime.

    • Hear visiting speakers from within the professional and local communities.

    • Examine their own and others different experiences and perceptions of crime.

    • Research and articulate a coherent position on the operation of inequality within criminal justice.

    • Research and articulate how their own subjectivity shapes their perception of crime and criminal offenders.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Auto Ethnographic Essay (3000 words)

  4. CRIME AND POWER
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    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:

     

    • Critically 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

    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.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Essay (3000 words)

  5. CRIME, PLACE AND SPACE
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    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   : 0.00 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 Visual Ethnographic Project (4000 word equivalent)

  6. CRITICAL ISSUES IN FORENSIC INVESTIGATION
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    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   : 0.00 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)

  7. CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND JUSTICE IN THE BRITISH EMPIRE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module seeks to broaden students understanding of criminal justice and criminological theory by exploring the role of crime and punishment in the governance of the British Empire.  Students understanding of criminology will be broadened through the use of post-colonial theory and historical criminology to explore criminal justice policy and practice across time and place. The module will start with an overview of the history of the British Empire before examining the role and significance of criminal and penal law in the establishment of colonies and their ongoing governance. Through the critical exploration of a number of case studies (for example, Transportation to Australia and other British colonies; the policing of indigenous people; the role of law in facilitating the institution of slavery; how ‘race’ was deployed in penal law; the controls placed on ‘criminal’ populations; and how the criminal justice system was used to respond to political resistance to colonial governance) this module will highlight the central of criminal justice to the British empire. The module will conclude by exploring the relevance of this history to contemporary criminal justice, both in Britain and in former colonised territories.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Broaden students’ understanding of criminal justice through a historical exploration of its role in the British Empire.

    • Enable students to critically apply criminological theory to explain crime and punishment across both time and place.

    • Develop students’ critical awareness of the history of criminal justice that extends beyond the English and Welsh criminal justice system.

    • Facilitate students’ ability to critically engage with post-colonial theory.

    • Allow students to critically apply theoretical models to seek to explain historical real world ability to process complex ideas and present them in a synthesised and accessible way

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Critically describe a range of key historical, postcolonial and criminological theories that facilitate an understanding of the deployment of criminal and penal law in the British Empire.

    • Apply these theories to historical case studies to enable their critical evaluation

    • Develop an understanding of how the exploration of the criminal justice system’s operation in the British Empire can highlight limitations within criminological theory.

    • Communicate complex ideas and develop coherent arguments both in written and in verbal formats.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Essay (3000 words)

  8. YOUNG PEOPLE AND CRIME
    (Optional) cru609
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    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   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 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 youth justice professionals are employed including the distinctive cultures of youth offending teams and multi-agency approaches
    • Understands and can articulate their role as youth justice practitioners in relation to other professionals in the criminal justice system
    • 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

  9. SEX, CRIME AND JUSTICE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module provides students with the opportunity to explore the historical, legal, social and cultural dimensions of sex and sexuality in the context of the criminal justice system. The module seeks to consider the ways in which concepts such as vulnerability, sexuality and gender operate in, often, exclusionary ways. In light of this, students will critically appraise the ways in which technology, sex(uality) and law intersect in this context. The module will also focus on how new technology has been weaponised against particular groups in the 21st Century – providing another medium for heteronormative assumptions about sex and sexuality and gender based violence to be realised.  Considering a range of topics such as pornography, sexting and the age of sexual consent, students will draw on key theoretical concepts, to critically discuss the operation of the law in this area and the concept of ‘justice’. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Critically examine the criminal justice response to varying forms of sexuality through socio-legal enquiry.

    • Critically evaluate existing criminal justice responses to issues concerning sex and sexuality using theoretical frames such as feminism, post-structuralism and postmodernism.

    • Challenge and evaluate heteronormative assumptions that underpin societal and legal constructions about what is, or is not, deemed appropriate in terms of sexuality.

    • Enable students to critically discuss and challenge legal and policy responses to varying forms of sex and sexuality, drawing on appropriate theories.

    • Enable students to articulate their arguments, based on the above, through critical writing

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

     

    • Analyse case studies, legal statutes and common law rhetoric concerning offences and behaviours associated with sex and sexuality.
    • Consider up-to-date research in the area, through research led teaching.
    • Research and articulate arguments, through the use of relevant theory, concerning the criminalisation of various displays and forms of sex and sexuality.
    • Present a written essay demonstrating their critical understanding of the key theoretical and conceptual arguments in the area.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Written Piece (2500 words)