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Criminology and the Media

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Criminology and the Media
Withdrawn
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sociology
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Sociology
BA MP93
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
15/04/2017

A-levels: BBB

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Additional Notes

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eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SC101-4-FY Researching Social Life I Core 30
02 SC106-4-FY Media, Culture and Society Core 30
03 SC111-4-FY The Sociological Imagination Core 30
04 SC104-4-FY Introduction to Crime, Law and Society Compulsory 30

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SC203-5-FY Researching Social Life II Compulsory 30
02 SC224-5-FY Digital Society Compulsory 30
03 SC204-5-FY Sociology of Crime and Control Compulsory 30
04 2nd year spring term Sociology option from list Optional 30

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SC304-6-FY Globalisation and Crime Compulsory 30
02 SC364-6-FY Mass Media and Modern Life Compulsory 30
03 SC831-6-FY Research Project: Sociology Compulsory 30
04 SC311-6-AU (recommended) and/or final year Sociology Module(s) from list Optional 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To provide students with an understanding of the distinctive character of criminological thinking (B).

To provide students with a knowledge of the main theoretical traditions of criminology (B).

To provide students with knowledge of selected theoretical traditions in media and cultural studies.

To provide students with an understanding of research methods in criminology, sociology and media and cultural studies (B).

To develop student's capacity for critical enquiry, argument and analysis.

To develop student's capacity for independent learning.

To provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to proceed to further study and research.

Reference to the QAA Benchmarks for Criminology are indicated by the letter B.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 An understanding of the relationships between individuals, groups and social and cultural institutions (b)
A2 An understanding of social context, culture, social diversity and cultural and social change (b)
A3 A knowledge of key criminological concepts and theories
A4 A knowledge of the relationship between theory, concepts and substantive issues (b)
A5 A knowledge of the principles of research design and the main approaches to data collection (b)
A6 An understanding of the analysis and interpretation of empirical data (b)
A7 A knowledge of the epistemological, ethical and political dimensions of research in criminology and social psychology (b)
A8 A knowledge of the intellectual foundations of media and cultural studies
A9 A knowledge of key concepts and theories in media and cultural studies
Learning Methods: The Department uses lectures to present material - ideas, data and arguments- in a clear and structured manner using examples, mapping the field and the contours of debates.

Lectures are also used to stimulate students interest in the area under discussion.

In each Module the issues and arguments covered in lectures are explored further through weekly classes or workshops for which students have to prepare.

The curriculum is designed to involve clear progression between the foundational work in the first year and the subsequent compulsory Modules.

In particular there is a strong emphasis on developing students theoretical understanding of criminological work and cultual analysis through the progressive structuring of the material in SC104/SC242/SC304; in SC106, SC224/Sc364 and in SC111/SC203.

Their criminological and cultural analysis knowledge and understanding is further enhanced by the work that they do for their options.

Classes, and preparation for classes, provide the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the content of the Modules.

In addition student learning takes place through the work they do preparing essays and assignments.

In the first year on SC104 students are required to produce assignments based on selected empirical studies in criminology.

Students have to produce a glossary of sociological concepts and a sociological journal on a topic of their choice for SC111 and have a required examination question on key concepts.

SC104 and SC111 also specifically introduce students to examples of ongoing research in the Department.

In the second-year Module SC203 students gain knowledge of research methods through workshops and small groups, in the context of preparation for the final year project.

In SC224 students develop their skills in cultural analysis.

In the third year Module SC304, there is a particular focus on reading key criminological texts and analysing a variety of crime texts (in literature, film and television).

SC364 develops students understanding of the histories of media forms and insitutions and ways of understanding cultural change.

In their third year all students must carry out independent work for a research project (SC831) for which they receive some individual supervision.
Assessment Methods: Outcomes A1 to A10 are assessed through Modulework and unseen written examinations.

Modulework includes assessed oral presentations, essays, assignments, criminological journals, and a research proposal.

In addition, the assessed work for all third year students includes a research project

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 An ability to understand, summarise and critically assess criminological work (b)
B2 An ability to compare competing theories and explanations (b)
B3 An ability to develop a reasoned argument
B4 An ability to formulate sociological questions
B5 An ability to assemble, evaluate and interpret evidence (b)
B6 An ability to understand, summarise and critically assess media and cultural studies work
Learning Methods: Students enhance the above intellectual skills primarily through the work they do for their Modules, although lectures and classes provide a means of teachers demonstrating these skills.

Preparation for classes and class presentations involve the reading, interpretation and evaluation of criminological and cultural analysis texts and the collection and evaluation of empirical data.

Class tutors provide feedback on class presentations and contributions to classes through comment and discussion.

Similarly the preparation of essays and other assignments also develop the listed intellectual skills.

Students are provided with feedback on all assessed work and this is crucial to their intellectual development.

Their work for the first, second and third-year journals and the third year research project is also vital to the Departments learning and teaching strategy for this degree.
Assessment Methods: Assessment Methods Outcomes B1 toB6 are assessed by Module work and exam.

B1 and B2 are assessed through essays, assignments, journals, oral presentations and unseen written examinations for SC104, SC242 and SC304 and Sc106, SC224 and SC364.

Not all assignments require the evaluation and interpretation of empirical evidence (B6) though many do, but these skills are specifically assessed in some of the assignments for SC203.

On all Modules students are required to marshal material in order to expound an argument.

C: Practical skills

C1 An ability to retrieve relevant evidence using bibliographic and web searches (b)
C2 An ability to summarise, report and evaluate arguments, texts and findings in the field of Criminology (b) nology (b)
C3 An ability to frame a research proposal and to identify and apply the appropriate research methods
C4 An ability to conduct and present a small scale piece of research
C5 An ability to summarise, report and evaluate arguments, texts and findings in the field of media and cultural studies
C6 An ability to demonstrate reflexive awareness in interpreting criminological and cultural material
C7 Completion of work experience/volunteering and ability to reflect on in in the context of career decision making
C8 Competence in key elements of the job selection process
Learning Methods: In the first year assignments cover tasks such as producing a bibliography on a sociological topic, producing a glossary, describing and evaluating a sociological text and producing a sociological journal.

In addition students do an employability module which consists of a work placement or volunteering, reflections on which inform career decision making.

Throughout the three years of the degree practical skills are developed through preparation for classes, preparing essays and other assessed assignments, giving presentations and doing written examinations.

In SC101, students carry out an observational study and SC111 requires students to produce a journal which demonstrates reflexive awareness in interpreting sociological material.

The work for SC 201 includes the detailed examination and interpretation of key sociological texts and in SC203 students frame a research proposal and select the appropriate research methods.

In addition the third year project for SC831 is particularly valuable in developing students practical sociological skills.

Some of these skills are further developed through the work students do for their optional courses.

Students receive detailed feedback on all their coursework and presentations.

Study skills advice and training is available from the Student Support Officer in the Resource Room, which is dedicated to this purpose.
Assessment Methods: Skill C1 is specifically assessed in the first year SC111 and SC104 assignments, but also forms part of the assessment of almost every piece of assessed Modulework.

Skills C2 and C3 are assessed in the majority of pieces of assessed Modulework and written examinations.

C4 and C5 are assessed in the Module assignments for SC203.

C4 is assessed in SC203 and in the research project (SC831), C5 in the journal for SC111 and in Module assignments for SC203.

C6 is assessed in SC203 and in the research project (SC831), and C7 in a Module assignment for SC203.

D: Key skills

D1 An ability to present ideas and evidence to others both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner
D2 An ability to collect and present materials using information technology
D3 An ability to read, interpret and draw inferences from statistics, and an ability to carry out simple statistical calculations
D4 A knowledge of the intellectual foundations of sociology
D5 An ability to plan work and manage time, and an ability to reflect on their own work and respond constructively to the comments of others
Learning Methods: Generic skills are taught and learned throughout the degree through a range of strategies, for example, requiring students to give oral presentations, through giving them specific assignments such as carrying bibliographic and web searches, through specific assignments requiring numerical skills, and through class discussion and class and essay preparation.

Students have the opportunity to discuss essay plans with staff and are given clear deadlines for their work which they must meet.

They are given feedback on all their Modulework and are encouraged to reflect and improve upon their work.

Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in working in groups through their participation in the classes for every Module.
Assessment Methods: Communication skills are assessed throughout the degree through continuous assessed Modulework (including oral presentation) and examinations.

IT skills are a component in the evaluation of most assessed work which require bibliographic and web searches, but there is a particular focus on them in assessments such as the sociological and criminological journals and in the literature review assignment for SC203.

Numeracy skills are assessed in the assignments for SC104, which include interpretation of crime statistics, and in SC203, which includes the computer application of statistical procedures.

Problem solving skills are assessed in almost all assignments.

Since the curriculum is structured in a progressive manner, students skills in improving learning and performance are also assessed through the related structured progression of formal assessed work.


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