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UDCRILAW - BA Criminology and Law

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Arts Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences
Subject Area Criminology and Sociology
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The course is delivered through a range of pedagogic methods including formal lectures, seminars, workshops, project-based research activity and individual tutorials held in staff office hours. There is an emphasis upon the link between teaching, practice and research and staff research provides the basis for teaching on a range of modules.

The course integrates face-to-face with online learning. All modules use Weblearn/Blackboard facilities making key information available and also providing a convenient place for handbook information, calendars and class announcements. Some modules focus specifically on the development of CIT skills. The course will also progressively examine ways of further developing the link between face-to-face and online learning as ideas and technology develop, and as resources permit. The course encourages contact between students and tutors and, in the course of this, encourages active learning. CIT and other media are used to encourage collaboration among students.

Course aims

The course aims to:

  1. offer a course relevant to a range of careers in the area of criminal justice and related fields and to a range of careers where legal skills are useful (the Criminology and Law joint degree is not a ‘qualifying law degree’)
  2. develop the intellectual skills necessary for the understanding, critical evaluation and application of a range of theoretical approaches to the study of crime, deviance and conceptions of human rights, civil liberties and justice
  3. develop students’ competence in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  4. develop a range of legal and transferable skills
  5. offer the opportunity to develop the above in relation to specific areas of interest culminating in the production of an in-depth piece of research or law work placement at level 6.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Criminology and Law
  2. devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Criminology and Law
  3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Criminology and Law, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
  4. manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Criminology and Law)
  5. apply the methods and techniques they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects
  6. critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), make judgments, and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or identify a range of solutions, to a problem
  7. communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts
  9. undertake appropriate further training or a professional or equivalent nature.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Criminology and Law:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I) SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime
(P) SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL4004Criminal Law (I)
LL5001 Public Law (P)
LL5002Evidence and Advocacy (P)
LL6054Penal Policy (P)
LL6004Civil Liberties and Human Rights (A)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)

- Devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Criminology and Law:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I) SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL4001 Legal System (I)
LL5002 Evidence and Advocacy (P)
LL5001 Public Law (P)
LL6054 Penal Policy (P)
LL6004 Civil Liberties and Human Rights (A)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)

- Describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Criminology and Law, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge:

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)

- Manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Criminology and Law):

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6051 Serious and Serial Offenders (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL5002 Evidence and Advocacy (P)
LL6004 Civil Liberties and Human Rights (A)
LL5054 Penal Policy (P)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)

- Apply the methods and techniques they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects:

SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence (P)
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology (P)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL4001 Legal System (I)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)
LL6W51 Work Placement for Professional
Practice(A)

- Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be
incomplete), make judgments, and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution, or
identify a range of solutions, to a problem:

SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory
(I) SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime
(P) SC5000 Crime in Context (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SC6001 Justice, Punishment and Social
Control (A)
SC6050 The Criminology of Pleasure (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL4004 Criminal Law (I)
LL5002 Evidence and Advocacy (P)
LL5001 Public Law (P)
LL6004 Civil Liberties and Human Rights (A)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)

- Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences:

SC4000 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)
LL6W51 Work Placement for Professional
Practice (A)

- Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts:

SC4000 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)
LL6W51 Work Placement for Professional
Practice (A)

- Undertake appropriate further training or a professional or equivalent nature:

SC4000 Introduction to the Criminal Justice
System (I)
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime (P)
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing (P)
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology (A)
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice (A)
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project (A)
LL4004 Criminal Law (I)
LL4001 Legal System (I)
LL5002 Evidence and Advocacy (P)
LL6P53 Research Project (A)
LL6W51 Work Placement for Professional
Practice (A)

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Criminology

Law

(http://www.qaa.ac.uk/AssuringStandardsAndQuality/subject-guidance/Pages/Honours-degree-benchmark-statements.aspx)

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through a combination of essays, module-specific research projects, seen and unseen examinations and an individual largely self-directed project or work placement at level 6.At level 4 assessments seek to encourage students to specify and describe relevant legal procedures, theories and institutions of the criminal justice system. At level 5 assessments require students to extend and critically to evaluate the knowledge they have encountered. Students at this level are also required to produce research reports including data analysis and interpretation. At level 6 assessments test students’ critical knowledge of applied areas of Criminology and Law and their ability to think and research independently.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Optional work placement in Law at level 6.

There will be opportunities for students to study for part of their degree in another European country. ERASMUS is part of the European Union SOCRATES programme for cooperation in the field of education. Under ERASMUS the university has student exchange agreements with 16 different European countries.

Modules required for interim awards

Students must take:

Level 4

English and EU Legal Systems

Criminal Law

Introduction to Criminological Theory

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Level 5

Public Law

Evidence and Advocacy

Measuring and Interpreting Crime

Level 6

Crime Control and Penology

Civil Liberties and Human Rights

And:

Either: Law Research Project or Criminological Research Practice or Law Placement

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone on to careers in the police service, the probation service and other areas of the criminal justice system as well as undertaking further professional training in the legal field. The programme is also excellent preparation for further study. The analytical, methodological and legal skills acquired on successful completion provide a strong grounding for development within many different careers.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes L300 (Sociology): 50% , M200 (Law by Topic): 50%
Route code CRILAW

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL4001 Legal System Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM
LL4004 Criminal Law Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM THU AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL4001 Legal System Core 30        
LL4004 Criminal Law Core 30        
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30        
SC4001 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System Core 30        

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL5001 Public Law Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
LL5005 Evidence and Advocacy Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
SC5000 Crime in Context Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology Option 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence Option 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
SS5005 Youth, Resistance and Social Control Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL6004 Civil Liberties and Human Rights Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
LL6P51 Law Extended Essay Alt Core 15 CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
SC6P00 Criminology Project Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
LL6W51 Work Placement for Professional Experience Alt Core B 15 CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
SC6W51 Criminology Work Experience Alt Core B 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
LL6054 Penal Policy Option 15 CITY SPR THU AM
SC6004 Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Option 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
SC6053 Victims and Crime Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
SS6006 Gender and Sexuality Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM