Applied Criminology

BA or BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Applied Criminology 2016/17


Crime dominates the news and is constantly a feature in entertainment media. If crime is something which interests and fascinates you, then our Applied Criminology degree is for you.

Applied criminology applies theoretical perspectives and research on crime and the criminal justice system to contemporary crime problems and debates. The programme explores the nature, extent and causes of crime and the methods used to manage criminal behaviour. You will learn to cast a critical eye over the processes of criminalisation and crime control and set these processes within the wider social, economic and political contexts.

We have developed close links with local, national and international criminal justice agencies to enhance our distinctive ‘applied’ focus to learning about crime. Through our ‘insights from practice’ initiative, students experience a range of guest speakers who are professionals and practitioners working within the justice system.

We put students at the centre of everything we do. Not only can students be assured of high quality research informed teaching but also personal and study support.

This three-year programme moves from a thorough grounding in criminological issues and perspectives to an in-depth critical understanding and application of these ideas to contemporary crime problems. Applied Criminology can be studied as a Single Honours degree or in combination with other programmes from across the university. This allows students some flexibility and emphasises the multi-disciplinary nature of the degree.

The programme is built around a number of core modules in each year which engage students in key themes, questions and concepts.

Year 1 Applied Criminology core modules are Crime in Context, An Overview of Justice and Introduction to Criminological Thinking. They engage students in a wide range of crime issues in an exciting and inter-disciplinary way and develop critical thinking and other transferable skills. Single Honours students may also study modules exploring the wider historical and cultural contexts of crime including Criminal Psychology, Law and Policing.

Flexibility and choice is built into years 2 and 3 when students can study between two and six modules depending on whether Applied Criminology is taken as a minor, joint, major or single honours subject.

Year 2 Applied Criminology core modules are Crime and Social Control and Crime Offenders and Society. These modules offer challenging insights into the role of criminology in crime prevention and wider social and political debates. Combined and Single Honours Students can also choose from a range of exciting optional modules. Options may change but examples include Violence and Mental Health, Hate Crime and Media and Crime.

Year 3 Applied Criminology core modules are Applications of Criminology and Youth, Crime and Justice. These key modules explore new ways of looking at contemporary crime issues, building on knowledge and skills from previous years of study. Combined and Single Honours students may also choose from a range of optional modules allowing them to pursue their interest in topics such as Victims, Prisons or Police Culture or an Individual study of their own choice.

Students are encouraged to make the most of the volunteering and networking opportunities available throughout their degree programme to enhance their employability. With the two strands of a degree qualification, with its programme specific and transferable skills, and voluntary work experience, the programme provides an excellent springboard to employment in occupations such as the police service, prison service, probation service, charitable organisations and youth work.

Further postgraduate study is also an option for Applied Criminology graduates.

Single Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Crimes Punishments and Societies
  • Crime in Context
  • Introduction to Criminological Thinking
  • An Overview of Justice

Optional modules:

  • Critical Approaches to Law
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Police Practice, Policy and Procedures (1)

Year 2

Core:

  • Crime, Offenders and Society
  • Crime and Social Control
  • Research Methods

Optional modules:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Cybercrime
  • Hate Crime
  • Media and Crime
  • Mental Health and Violence
  • Psychology and the Criminal Justice System*
  • Race and the Law
  • Police Practice, Policy and Procedures (2)*
  • Crime and Popular Culture

Year 3

Core:

  • Applications of Criminology
  • Individual Study (40 Credits)
  • Youth, Crime and Justice

Optional modules:

    • Crime in a Global Context
    • Criminology for a Just Society
    • Prisons and Penality
    • Police Cultures and Societies
    • Victims and Victimology
    • Psychology of Serious and Prolific Offending*
    • Police Practice Policy and Procedures (3)*

*for students who have met the pre-requisite requirements to enrol. Please see online prospectus for further information

Combined Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Crime in Context
  • Introduction to Criminological Thinking
  • An Overview of Justice

Year 2

Core:

  • Crime, Offenders and Society
  • Crime and Social Control

Optional Modules:

  • Cybercrime
  • Hate Crime
  • Media and Crime
  • Mental Health and Violence
  • Psychology and the Criminal Justice System
  • Research Methods
  • Crime and Popular Culture

Year 3

Core:

  • Applications of Criminology
  • Youth, Crime and Justice

Optional Modules:

  • Crime in a Global Context
  • Criminology for a Just Society
  • Individual Study (40 Credits)
  • Prisons and Penality
  • Police Cultures and Societies
  • Individual Study (20 Credits)
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Psychology of Serious and Prolific Offending*

*for students who have met the pre-requisite requirements to enrol. Please see online prospectus for further information

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Students typically experience the following summative assessment methods across their particular programme of study: Various forms of written assignments, e.g. report writing, essay writing, reflective and critical journals, case studies and individual studies; Task orientated assignments, e.g. individual and group oral presentations, data handling, computer-based assessment, and on-line discussions; Examinations, including short answer papers and essay style answers.

Students typically experience the following summative assessment methods across their particular programme of study: Various forms of written assignments, e.g. report writing, essay writing, reflective and critical journals, case studies and individual studies; Task orientated assignments, e.g. individual and group oral presentations, data handling, computer-based assessment, and on-line discussions; Examinations, including short answer papers and essay style answers.

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UCAS code

  • M900 Applied Criminology

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

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