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Level 6. Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Fee for 2017/18 is 9,250* International students: Fee for 2017/18 is 13,000**

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Programme Specification: Undergraduate For students starting in Academic Year 2017/ Course Summary Names of programme(s) and award title(s) Award type Mode of study Framework of Higher Education
Programme Specification: Undergraduate For students starting in Academic Year 2017/ Course Summary Names of programme(s) and award title(s) Award type Mode of study Framework of Higher Education Qualification (FHEQ) level of final award Duration Location of study Accreditation (if applicable) Regulator Tuition Fees BA (Hons) Criminology BA (Hons ) Criminology with International Year (see Annex A for details) Single Honours Full time Level 6 3 years 4 years with International Year Keele University main campus Not applicable Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) UK/EU students: Fee for 2017/18 is 9,250* International students: Fee for 2017/18 is 13,000** The fee for the international year abroad is calculated at 15% of the standard year fee Additional Costs Refer to section 18 How this information might change: Please read the important information at This explains how and why we may need to make changes to the information provided in this document and to help you understand how we will communicate with you if this happens. 2. What is a Single Honours programme? The Single Honours programme described in this document allows you to focus more or less exclusively on Criminology. In keeping with Keele s commitment to breadth in the curriculum, the programme also gives you the opportunity to take some modules outside Criminology, in other disciplines and in modern foreign languages * These fees are regulated by Government. We reserve the right to increase fees in subsequent years of study in response to changes in government policy and/or changes to the law. If permitted by such change in policy or law, we may increase your fees by an inflationary amount or such other measure as required by government policy or the law. Please refer to the accompanying Student Terms & Conditions. Further information on fees can be found at ** We reserve the right to increase fees in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount. Please refer to the accompanying Student Terms & Conditions for full details. Further information on fees can be found at as part of a 360-credit Honours degree. Thus it enables you to gain, and be able to demonstrate, a distinctive range of graduate attributes. 3. Overview of the Programme Criminology is a rapidly developing discipline which draws on theories and research methods from across the social and human sciences. It is both a theoretical and an empirical discipline. Criminology attempts to develop a systematic understanding of crime and official and unofficial ways of responding to it. It also seeks to establish a firm evidence base for that understanding using a range of research methods. Keele University pioneered the teaching of criminology at undergraduate level in the United Kingdom and students will be taught by active criminological researchers. A wide range of core and programme approved elective modules in criminology is available in all three years of the Programme. Criminology at Keele draws on the intellectual traditions and perspectives of other disciplines across the social sciences, but the focus of the Programme, and the content of core modules, is always explicitly criminological. 4. Aims of the Programme The broad aims of the programme are to enable you to: Think, talk, and write about crime, crime control and the ways in which they are represented in a systematic way drawing on the intellectual traditions and scholarly methods of the social sciences. Understand, evaluate and apply a range of theories about the nature, measurement and causes of crime. Acquire a critical understanding of the nature and development of a variety of formal and informal responses to crime, including policing and the operation of the criminal justice and penal systems. Appreciate the theory and empirical reality of crime and crime control in their historical, social, political, and economic contexts. Become familiar with the main quantitative and qualitative methods of social scientific research used in the collection and analysis of criminological data. Develop the ability to conduct and report on their own research using relevant criminological concepts, suitable methods of investigation and appropriate techniques of scholarship in the social sciences. Obtain the knowledge, skills, capabilities and personal qualities necessary for them to find a fulfilling and rewarding career and become informed and active citizens with a lifelong interest in studying crime and ways of controlling it. Criminology draws on a wide range of human and social science disciplines. The subject's theoretical and methodological development reflects the rapid social changes of contemporary society and is responsive to the increasing cross-fertilisation of ideas and methods between the human and social sciences. In its modern form, Criminology it is characterised by robust debates over how to: conceptualise and explain its subject matter put its theories into operation in conducting research inform debates over crime control policy; the scope of human rights; the links between criminal and social justice; and the expanding knowledge bases of crime prevention, security and justice-related professions develop and enhance its methodological and technical expertise in handling different kinds of data (including large data sets ('big data'), open data and internet data) manage sensitive ethical issues arising from empirical research Source: HEFCE Criminology Subject Benchmark Statement, 5. What you will learn Students who complete all three years of the Programme and graduate with a BA (Hons) in Criminology as a Single Honours subject will able to: Describe and evaluate the application of key concepts and theoretical approaches within criminology and criminal justice to a range of contemporary problems. Explain and analyse the impact of social inequality and diversity and the significance of historical, social, political and economic context on crime, victimisation and responses to them. Formulate criminological research questions and identify the most appropriate research strategies for answering them taking into account relevant ethical considerations. Comment on and present the conclusions of theoretical and empirical criminological work on crime and ways of responding to it to a range of audiences and in a variety of appropriate formats. Use the knowledge and skills they have acquired in a socially responsible way, in complex and unpredictable contexts and as the basis for more advanced learning or professional training. Keele Graduate attributes Engagement with this programme will enable you to develop your intellectual, personal and professional capabilities. At Keele, we call these our ten Graduate Attributes and they include independent thinking, synthesizing information, creative problem solving, communicating clearly, and appreciating the social, environmental and global implications of your studies and activities. Our educational programme and learning environment is designed to help you to become a well-rounded graduate who is capable of making a positive and valued contribution in a complex and rapidly changing world, whichever spheres of life you engage in after your studies are completed. Further information about the Keele Graduate Attributes can be found here: 6. How is the Programme taught? Learning and teaching methods used on the programme vary according to the subject matter and level of the module. They include the following: Traditional lectures where the lecturer provides students with a framework for reading and independent study. Some lecture classes may feature guest speakers working in the criminal justice system; others involve video and audio presentations Interactive learning in large classes where students have the opportunity to work together in smaller groups, interact with the lecturer and reflect on their own learning. Interactive lectures may involve the use of voting systems or involve students in a variety of other learning activities Tutorials groups of about 15 students and seminar groups of about 30, where key issues can be discussed in greater depth. Students are expected to play a full part, and occasionally to lead, these discussions. Some tutorials and seminars consist largely of student presentations and many are based on the application of criminological ideas to case studies drawn from the media and the findings of criminological research Independent study based on directed reading from text books, research monographs, academic journals, official government publications and the media Web-based learning using the Keele Learning Environment (KLE). The KLE is an online learning environment used to give students easy access to a wide range of resources and research tools, and as a platform for online discussions, quizzes, announcements and blogs The dissertation double module in Criminology taken in the final year, gives students the opportunity to undertake a piece of independent research supervised and supported by a member of staff The work-based placement is a double module in Criminology which may be taken in the final year which gives students the opportunity to undertake an independent piece of research based on their 3 work experience and supported by a member of staff and the host agency Apart from these formal activities, students are also provided with regular opportunities to talk through particular areas of difficulty, and any special learning needs they may have, with their Personal Tutors or module lecturers on a one-to-one basis. These learning and teaching methods enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme in a variety of ways. For example: Lectures and independent study allow students to gain a systematic understanding of criminological ideas and how they may be used to analyse a variety of contemporary social problems Seminars, tutorials and online discussions provide opportunities for students to ask questions about, and suggest answers to, criminological problems in a responsible way, and to present their own ideas to members of staff and other students using an appropriate medium of communication Interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and web-based activities encourage students to reflect on their own learning and take responsibility for its development by addressing areas of difficulty, perhaps by discussing them with their fellow students or by getting additional help from a member of staff Undertaking a research dissertation with the support of an experienced and active researcher allows students to formulate relevant research questions and devise a feasible and ethically sound strategy for investigating them 7. Teaching Staff The permanent teaching staff on the Criminology Principal Programme currently consists of professors, senior lecturers, permanent and temporary lecturers and teaching fellows. All members of staff other than teaching fellows have, or are working towards, doctorates (PhDs or the equivalent) in criminology, criminal justice or a closely related subject in law or the social sciences. As members of the Research Centre for Social Policy they are all active researchers whose work across many different aspects of criminology has been widely published in books, research monographs and leading international journals. The staff group has extensive experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level at universities in the UK and abroad. Most members of staff hold accredited or recognised teaching qualifications and several are fellows or associates of the Higher Education Academy. The University will attempt to minimise changes to our core teaching teams, however, delivery of the programme depends on having a sufficient number of staff with the relevant expertise to ensure that the programme is taught to the appropriate academic standard. Staff turnover, for example where key members of staff leave, fall ill or go on research leave, may result in changes to the programme s content. The University will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur. 8. What is the Structure of the Programme? The academic year runs from September to June and is divided into two semesters. The number of weeks of teaching will vary from course to course, but you can generally expect to attend scheduled teaching sessions between the end of September and mid-december, and from mid-january to the end of April. Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort. An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below. There are four types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are: Compulsory core module a module that you are required to study on this course; Optional core module these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules; 4 Programme approved elective module subject-related modules that count towards the number of subject credits required by your degree; Free-standing elective module a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits. Year 1 (Level 4) Compulsory Core modules Credits Optional core / Programme approved Credits elective modules 15 Murder 15 Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and 15 Investigating Crime: Criminological 15 Perspectives Punishment: Beyond the Popular 15 Imagination Psychology and Crime 15 Social inequalities in the contemporary 15 world Researching British Society 15 Modernity and its Darkside 15 Classical Sociology 15 Year 2 (Level 5) Compulsory Core modules Credits Optional core / Programme approved Credits elective modules Crime and Justice in a Global Context 15 Mental Health and Offending 15 Research Methods in Criminology 15 Policing and the Police 15 Working for Justice* 15 Witchcraft, Zombies and Social Anxiety 15 Families and Households: Diversity and 15 Change City, Culture, Society 15 *This module is a pre-requisite for the Placement module at Level 6 Year 3 (Level 6) Compulsory Core modules Credits Optional core / Programme approved Credits elective modules Dissertation for Criminology (ISP)* 30 Risk and Criminal Justice 15 Prisons and Imprisonment 15 Popular Culture and Crime 15 Criminology Work Placement 30 The Politics and Cultures of the Death 15 Penalty in the 21 st Century Living with Aliens: Immigration, Crime 15 and Social Control Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours? 15 Environmental Crimes 15 State crimes and crimes against humanity 15 The Virtual Revolution: New 15 Technologies, Culture and Society Sex, Death, Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social Context 15 *ISP = Independent Study Project. You are required to take one ISP in your final year 5 For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: A further range of approved modules from Sociology with criminological focus and relevance is also usually available for each semester. In addition to the elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the School of Social Science and Public Policy, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include: Modules in other subjects closely related to Criminology such as Sociology, Psychology, and Law. Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as English, History, Politics or International Relations. Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes. Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin). Freestanding modules in subjects of general interest including ethics, contemporary religions and the politics, society and culture of some of Britain s European neighbours. Freestanding modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University s exchange programme. More information about electives is available online: Learning Outcomes The table below sets out what students learn in each year of the Programme, the modules in which that learning takes place, and the main ways in which students are assessed on their learning. In Years 1 and 2 these learning outcomes are achieved in the two compulsory core modules which all students taking Criminology as a Single Honours subject are required to take. Some of these outcomes may also be achieved in elective modules together with other outcomes not stated here. In Year 3 the stated outcomes are achieved by taking the compulsory dissertation module and any of the taught optional core modules offered in each semester. YEAR 1 First year modules provide students with a thorough grounding in the study skills needed for criminology and an introduction to the nature and scope of criminology as a discipline and the scope of criminological research. They present a comprehensive overview of the ways in which criminologists have set about understanding crime and the criminal justice process. Subject Knowledge and Understanding Learning Outcome Successful students will be able to: Explain the distinctive characteristics of criminology as a discipline Recognise the relationship between crime and other social problems Module in which this is delivered Principal forms of assessment (of the Level Outcome) used Review/analysis of research paper: unseen multiple choice examination Review/analysis of research paper; unseen multiple choice examination 6 Distinguish between and evaluate the principal ways of measuring crime and victimisation Recognise the main theoretical traditions in criminology and illustrate their application in understanding different forms of crime and criminal justice processes, policies and practices Recognise and describe the relationships between crime, responses to it and social divisions and diversity Recognise and illustrate the impact of social change on crime and ways of responding to it Describe the development and current organisation and operation of official and unofficial responses to crime Recognise different approaches to social scientific research and their use in investigating crime and responses to it Identify some of the main ways in which crime and ways of responding to it are represented in the media and by agents of crime control Review/analysis of research paper; unseen multiple choice examination Unseen multiple choice examination Review/analysis of research paper; unseen multiple choice examination Court report: online test; essay. Unseen multiple choice examination Court report: online test; essay. Court report: online test; essay. Review/analysis of research paper; unseen multiple choice examination Court report: online test; essay. Unseen multiple choice examination Court report: online test; essay. Subject Specific Skills Learning Outcome Successful students will be able to: Use appropriate bibliographic search tools to find relevant criminological materials in hard copy and electronic formats Identify the main points of key texts and use them in developing arguments and making judgements about criminological issues Present written work in criminology in an appropriate scholarly style using the Harvard Module in which this is delivered 7 Principal forms of assessment (of the Level Outcome) used Review/analysis of research paper Court report; essay Review/analysis of research paper; Court report: online test; essay Review/analysis of research paper; Court report: essay system of citation and referencing Key or Transferable Skills (graduate attributes) Learning Outcome Successful students will be able to: Find and make use of information from closed and open sources using online search tools
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