You will develop an understanding of criminology and police studies. Within the first semester you will explore how theorising about the causes of crime has evolved throughout history. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the British Police Service alongside exploring the journey that has led to the development of contemporary policing. Additionally, you’ll be challenged to address your own preconceptions of crime whilst encouraged to consider the variety of ethical and social justice issues that arise within policing. Towards the end of the first year you will study in detail the various components and aims of the criminal justice system in England and Wales, exploring the agencies that an offender encounters from the police through to the courts, prison and probation services. Key research techniques will be introduced that are used to enhance our understanding of crime. The year ends with a professional placement, which follows a period of placement preparation activities.
How psychology contributes to routine police practice and how it can aid complex criminal investigations will be explored. You will also examine the aims and practices of community policing and how this is evolving within contemporary society. In semester one you will also take a closer look at the serious violent crimes that occur within UK society. In semester two you will explore deviant subcultures and groups involved in criminality. You will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminology research before finishing the year completing your second professional placement.
In the final year, the discipline of forensic psychology will be introduced and you will explore topics such as child sexual exploitation and the challenges associated with investigating and preventing this contemporary societal issue. You will also get the opportunity to study the process of criminal investigation and the challenges that face the contemporary homicide investigator. Within your final year you’ll be required to undertake your own independent piece of research alongside having the option to tailor your degree to your particular interest from the study of domestic violence to the study of the UK penal system.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: