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’.
- Social Problems (20 credits)
Look at how sociology and social policy can help uncover the characteristics of a social problem and how sociological thinking can be used to define when a social experience becomes a social problem. Examine the relationship between social problems and those individuals, groups and communities who experience disadvantage, discrimination and segregation.
- Introduction to Criminal Justice System (20 credits)
Understand criminal justice within the broader context of civil societies from an historical context and the key concepts and theoretical approaches that underpin the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
- Applied Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences (20 credits)
Examine research methodologies employed within the social sciences. Address the debate between common-sense and empirical knowledge and develop an understanding of key concepts such as ontology and epistemology.
- 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.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.