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Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Year Abroad)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Criminology with Criminal Law (Including Year Abroad)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sociology
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Criminology
None
None
BA LM12
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
01/01/0001

A-levels: BBB

IB: 30 points. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Law will be involved in the delivery of approximately 25% of this degree scheme – the component dedicated to Criminal Law. There are no modules delivered on a distance learning basis.

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

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 SC101 4 FY Core 30
02 SC104-4-FY Introduction to Crime, Law and Society Core 30
03 LW104-4-FY Criminal Law Compulsory 30
04 LW105-4-AU Legal Skills Compulsory 15
05 LW109-4-SP or Option from list or Outside Option Optional 15

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SC203-5-FY Researching Social Life II Compulsory 30
02 SC204-5-FY Sociology of Crime and Control Compulsory 30
03 SC205-5-FY Policing, Punishment and Society Compulsory 30
04 LW349-5-SP or LW218-5-AU or LW219-5-SP or LW301-5-AU or LW354-5-AU Compulsory with Options 15
05 LW349-5-SP or LW218-5-AU or LW219-5-SP or LW301-5-AU or LW354-5-AU Compulsory with Options 15

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW600-6-FY Compulsory 60

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SC831-6-FY Research Project: Sociology Compulsory 30
02 SC304-6-FY Globalisation and Crime Compulsory 30
03 SC382-6-AU or SC306-6-AU or SC311-6-AU Compulsory with Options 15
04 Option(s) from list Optional 15
05 Sociology, Law or Outside Option(s) 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 and criminal legal thinking (B).

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

To provide students with an understanding of research methods in criminology and criminal law (B).

To develop students capacity for critical enquiry, argument and analysis (B).

To develop students 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 A knowledge of key criminological concepts and theories (b)
A2 A knowledge of the social, political and mediatised processes of victimisation and criminalisation (b)
A3 An understanding of the relationship of social divisions and diversity in relation to crime, deviance, victimisation and responses to crime. (b)
A4 An understanding of changing and divese policing forms, practices, structures and cultures, and the relationships between individuals, groups and public and private police (b)
A5 An understanding of the changing values, policies, practices and institutions involved in different forms of punishment, community safety, security and criminal justice (b)
A6 An understanding of the principles of research design and the main approaches to data collection in crime and social problems (b)
A7 An understanding of the value of comparative analysis (b)
A8 An understanding of the relationship between theory, concepts and substantive issues in criminology (b)
A9 An understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles of the criminal law, and the institutions and procedures of the legal system of England and Wales.
A10 An understanding of some substantive areas of law in depth
Learning Methods: A1-10 are acquired via lectures and classes in Sociology, Criminology and Law to present material - ideas, data and arguments- in a clear and structured manner using examples, mapping the field and the contours of debates.

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.

There is a strong emphasis on developing students’ theoretical understanding of criminological work and legal thinking through the compulsory criminology modules, especially the progressive structuring of the material in SC104, SC204, SC205, SC304, SC382, LW104, LW105 and specified LW 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 SC101 students are required to produce assignments based on selected empirical and methodological studies in sociology/social science.

SC104 and SC101 also specifically introduce students to examples of ongoing research in the criminology within 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 the third-year Modules SC304 and SC382, there is a particular focus on comparative analysis and on criminal justice practitioners in action through international case studies and guest sessions.

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 Module work and unseen written examinations.

Module work includes assessed oral presentations, essays, assignments, 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 (b)
B4 An ability to assemble, evaluate and interpret evidence (b)
B5 An understanding of the epistemological and ethical dimensions of research (b)
B6 An ability to identify and apply relevant primary and secondary legal sources
Learning Methods: 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 texts and the collection and evaluation of empirical data and policy documents.

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 Department’s learning and teaching strategy for this degree.

Assessment Methods: Outcomes B1 to B6 are assessed by Module work and exam.

B1 and B2 are assessed through essays, assignments, journals, oral presentations and unseen written examinations for the criminology Modules.

Not all assignments require the evaluation and interpretation of empirical evidence (B4) though many do, and 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

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:

D: Key skills

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 Module work 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 and debating skills are assessed throughout the degree through continuous assessed Module work (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, student skills in improving learning and performance are also assessed through the related structured progression of formal assessed work.


Note

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Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.