Year 1 (national level 4):
- Introduction to Criminology (20 credits)
Understand the key concepts and definitions of crime and the problems in defining and measuring crime and criminality, outlining some of the main issues and debates on the ‘social problem of crime’. Explore media representations of crime; dimensions of vicimisation and victimology, and the relationships between social divisions and crime, such as class, gender, age, and ethnicity.
- Social Problems (20 credits)
Examine the contribution sociology can make to thinking about and trying to solve social problems. Gain knowledge of the nature and extent of particular social problems to explore the relationship between definition, explanation, and intervention. Build on your research skills to enable you to identify the causes, impacts and responses to social problems in society.
- Introduction to Criminal Justice System (20 credits)
Understand criminal justice within the broader context of civil societies from a historical context and the key concepts and theoretical approaches that underpin the criminal justice system in England and Wales. Explore the systems, processes, and practices of the criminal justice ‘system’ with reference to the main agencies, departments and organisations involved. Examine the influence of social divisions such as class, gender, race, and age in criminal justice.
- Applied Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences (20 credits)
Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of qualitative research methodologies and methods in social science. Discover the history of social science research and the philosophical and methodological debates which have underpinned the emergence of contemporary social science. Carry out your own research, investigation an aspect of contemporary social life, learning how to think about, organise, manage, and report on social scientific research.
- Equality, Diversity, Ethics and Rights (20 credits)
Gain knowledge and understanding of equality, diversity and rights legislation, as well as the ethical requirements pervading all aspects of the justice sector. Research the practical application of legislation and the framework within which legislation operates, paying particular attention to the role of equality, diversity and ethics within this framework.
- Law and Procedure (20 credits)
Investigate the effect and practical application of legislation and the criminal justice procedure. Discuss the main provisions of legislation relating to the criminal justice sector. Identify and explain the main provisions of legislation governing the organisations within the sector such as the Criminal Justice Act.
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