Year one is focused upon introducing you to the discipline of criminology. The year will commence by exploring the theoretical development of criminology. You will be challenged to explore your own conceptions of crime and the ethical issues associated with dealing with criminalised individuals. The psychological reasons for offending will be explored and you will be introduced to the discipline of forensic psychology. Towards the end of year one you will study in detail the various components and aims of the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales, exploring all the agencies that an offender encounters from the police through to the courts, prison and probation services. You will also be introduced to the key research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of crime.
Year two builds upon the core knowledge that you’ll have developed in your first year. You will explore the extent of serious violent crime within society and exploring the theoretical accounts for violent offending will also be investigated. During semester one you will also study a specialised module in policing which will cover the historical development of the police, the powers of the police, and the challenges faced by the police force in contemporary society. Deviant subcultures and groups involved in criminality will be explored in the second semester, alongside the role of the media in how we understand crime and justice. You will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminology research, including a court room observation, before finishing the year completing your professional placement.
The final year of our criminology programme focuses upon one of the main issues currently facing the criminal justice system: punishment and rehabilitation. You will explore the UK’s National Offender Management Service in detail from prisons to probation. You will explore the range of contributions that forensic psychology offers in the rehabilitation of offenders including: treatment programmes, interventions, and forensic mental health hospitals. During the third year we will also push you to think critically about criminology and criminal justice, in order to understand how criminal justice is not always the same as social justice. Within the final year you will also study child and youth justice alongside exploring the issue of domestic violence. Throughout the entire final year, you will undertake a specialised and independent piece of research, or an independent social project, with one-to-one supervision from one of your tutors.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: