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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

Students will strengthen their knowledge of methodological approaches in criminology and their understanding of UK law. In doing so they will develop the necessary critical analysis skills needed to review information contained in them. The resultant findings skills will prepare learners for their dissertation research. Analytic skills will be honed through various forms of study and assessment; overall the knowledge and skills acquired on the course can prepare students for doctoral study or research posts, and / or can consolidate their professional experience.

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Criminology and Law], including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

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 to 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 to 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 that 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), to make judgements, and to 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 of a professional or equivalent nature

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

SC4000
SC4003
SC5000
SC5001
SC5002
SC5050
SC5051
SC6000
SC6001
SC6050
SC6051
SC6052
SC6P02
SC6P50
LL4001
LL4004
LL5001
LL5005
LL6004
LL6054
LL6P51
LL6W51

Learning Outcomes cover LO1-LO9

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.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

In the first year students begin processes of personal development planning in core modules and start to build up a record of achievements. They are encouraged to reflect in workshop contexts and individually on specifically what they have learned from modules and the ways in which this knowledge may be used in, or applied to, the wider social world. A module focussed on social research methodologies provides a forum in which students reflect upon their practice as researchers, its ethical dimensions and the ways in which this practice may be applied to solving problems in the context of volunteering activity and/or employment. Self-directed project research at level 6 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate this reflection, bringing together particular substantive areas of interest with methodological issues and/or issues concerning legal practice and considering how this might provide a basis for further self-development and contribution to the wider social world in the future.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Past students have gone on to take up 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 analytic, methodological and legal skills acquired on successful completion provide a strong grounding for development within many different careers.

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 or above (or equivalent)

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

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Criminology, Policing and Law Extended degree.

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 MON AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
LL4004 Criminal Law Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM THU PM
          CITY AUT+SPR FRI AM
SC4000 Introduction to Criminological Theory Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM

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        
SC4003 Researching Crime and Deviance 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
SC5001 Measuring and Interpreting Crime Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
SC5002 Perspectives on Policing Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI 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 AM
SC6000 Crime Control and Penology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
LL6P51 Law Extended Essay Alt Core 15 CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
SC6P02 Criminology and Law Project Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR    
SC6P50 Criminological Research Practice Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
LL6054 Penal Policy Option 15 CITY SPR THU PM
SC6004 Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SC6052 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
SC6W51 Criminology Work Experience Option 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
SS6006 Gender and Sexuality Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM