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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy

Academic Year: 2014/15

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) N/A
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award BSc/ BSc+DIntS/ BSc+DIS/ BSc+DPS
Programme title Criminology and Social Policy
Programme code SSUB03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is six semesters, or six semesters plus one academic year for students undertaking the Diploma in International Studies, Diploma in Industrial Studies or Diploma in Professional Studies routes.
UCAS code ML24
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/socialsciences/criminologyandsocialpolicy/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:40:23 GMT

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide students with an intellectually stimulating environment in which they can develop the necessary critical and practical skills for the analysis of criminology and social policy. 
  • To provide students with the opportunity to study criminology and social policy in a multidisciplinary context where the value of interdisciplinary analysis is explored.
  • To enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and empirical bases of criminology and social policy.
  • To enable students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of particular aspects of criminology and social policy.
  • To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the historical origins and development of British social policy and social issues and associated welfare agencies.
  • To provide students with an understanding of how public concerns become issues of social and criminal justice policy and practiceand appear on the social agenda, and how policies are formulated and implemented.
  • To familiarise students with British organisational and institutional arrangements for addressing issues of social and criminal justice policy and practice.
  • To develop students’ ability to theorise about issues in criminology and social policy.
  • To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues relating to criminal justice and agencies of criminal justice in England and Wales.
  • To familiarise students with contemporary issues in policing and crime control.
  • To develop the ability of students to conduct independent enquiry in the fields of criminology and social policy, using appropriate methodologies.
  • To provide a high quality honours programme in criminology and social policy, which enhances students’ career and employment opportunities on graduating.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for Social Policy and Administration
  • The Benchmark Statement for Criminology
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008)
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • External Examiners’ Reports for BSc Criminology and Social Policy

 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • A broad overview of contemporary British social policy.
  • A broad overview of contemporary British criminology.
  • A detailed knowledge of a number of key issues in social policy.
  • A detailed knowledge of a number of key issues in criminology.
  • An understanding of the nature of crime and how the relevant agencies and agents respond to it.
  • An understanding of the policy process, and the agencies and agents through which social policies are developed and delivered.
  • An understanding of the main theoretical approaches within criminology and their relevance in any analysis of specific criminological issues.
  • An understanding of the main theoretical approaches and ideologies associated with welfare provision and of their relevance in any analysis of specific areas of social policy or particular social issues.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Understand criminological and social policy questions and investigate them.
  • Have an appreciation of the complexity of criminological and social problems and be able to assess the merits of competing theories and explanations.
  • Interpret the values and practices of agencies that respond to criminological and social policy issues.
  • Apply relevant theory and research methods to problems and questions in criminology and social policy.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of questions in social policy and criminology and investigate them.
  • Use appropriate analytical methods and research tools in relation to criminological and social problems; including quantitative, qualitative and evaluative techniques.
  • Analyse and assess social policy and criminological findings methodologically and communicate information about them.
  • Examine the relevance of social policy and criminological research at a national and international level.
  • Communicate ideas for different audiences orally and to write essays, reports and a major dissertation.
  • Act professionally and in accordance with ethical propriety.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Marshal evidence in support of arguments and analysis.
  • Produce reasoned and structured arguments both orally and in writing.
  • Use information technology: use instructional material and research tools on computers, and search for relevant material on the internet.
  • Collect data in numerical form, present it in tables and graphs, and analyse it with a range of statistical tools.
  • Clarify questions, consider alternative solutions and evaluate outcomes.
  • Share responsibility for a task with others; agree common goals and methods to achieve them; co-ordinate the use of common resources.
  • Write and speak clearly to topic; to draft and edit presentations and contribute actively to group discussion.
  • Manage self-learning: seek out sources of information, plan time to make the best use of resources and review priorities in the light of deadlines.

4. Programme structure

Programme Code SSUB03

Important note: No modules may be taken and passed more than once. Module availability is subject to timetabling constraints. 

Teaching Assistantships and Placements

Candidates following the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) route  are required  to spend the third academic year (Part I)  undertaking an approved Teaching Assistantship either at a school or other approved placement in a French, German or Spanish speaking country in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. It should be noted that students undertaking a Teaching Assistantship should have a minimum of AS level in the appropriate language, or its equivalent.  The equivalent level in the University Wide Language Programme is level 4.

Alternatively students may undertake a programme of industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) or a programme of professional training leading to the Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) in the UK or abroad in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.

Registration on the DIntS, DIS and DPS routes is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory performance during Parts A and B.

4.1      Part A - Introductory Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 100)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSA201

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy A

10

1

SSA305

Study Skills

10

1

SSA206

Crime and Social Welfare: Policy in Practice

10

2

SSA001

Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities

10

1

SSA101

Introduction to Social Psychology: Cognition and Social Influence

10

1

SSA202

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy B

10

2

SSA208

Narratives of Crime and Social Justice

10

1

SSA002

Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change

10

2

SSA008

Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis

10

2

SSA102

Introduction to Social Psychology: Self in Social Context

10

2

OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20)

EUA620

The Contemporary World Arena

10

1

SSA301

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: The Press

10

1

 

 

 

 

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

2

SSA302

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Broadcasting

10

2

Or other modules in the University’s Module Catalogue approved by the Department for inclusion in the programme, including language modules in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.

*Note that the ratio of options chosen each semester may be 70:50, 60:60 or 50:70.

 

4.2       Part B - Degree Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 80)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSB201

Criminological Theory

20

1

SSB006

Social Research Methods

20

1

SSB235

Understanding Criminology Research on Victimisation, Fear of Crime and Offending

20

2

SSB203

Operational Policing Issues

20

2

OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Standard route:

Candidates must choose four 10 wgt modules from the Departmental Options List.

Selection will be offered from the following list, plus language options: 

 

Code

Title

Modular   Weight

Semester

SSB030

Debating Society

10

2

SSB031

Stereotyping the 'Other'

10

2

SSB034

Surveillance Society

10

1

SSB113

Gender and Psychology

10

2

SSB128

Political Psychology

10

1

SSC138

Forensic Psychology

10

1

SSB221

Victimology

10

1

SSB236

Protest and Social Change

10

1

SSB237

Sex Work and Sex   Industries

10

2

SSB234

Media, Culture and Crime

10

2

SSB360

The Media in Global   Context

10

1

SSB364

Persuasion and Communication

10

2

 

*Note that the ratio of options chosen each semester may be 70:50, 60:60 or 50:70.

 

Candidates opting for an Exchange Programme:

(i) Candidates will take the relevant compulsory modules for the semester they will attend at Loughborough.

(ii) Candidates may choose options with a total modular weight of either 20 or 30 for the Semester in which they are in Loughborough.   This must include ONE 20 wgt option from the Departmental Options list for the semester in which they are in Loughborough.

(iii) Candidates must select the appropriate module from the list below to give a total modular weight of 120 for the Part.

Exchange Programme modules

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSB297

Study Abroad Module

50

1 or 2

SSB298

Study Abroad Module

60

1 or 2

SSB299

Study Abroad Module

70

1 or 2

 

 4.3       Part I

One of the following:

Code

Title

Sem

SSI001

Diploma in Professional Studies Placement (DPS, non credit-bearing)

1 & 2

SSI002

or

EUI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

Work Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

(For Diploma in International Studies)

1 & 2

SSI003

Diploma in Industrial Studies Placement (DIS, non credit-bearing) 

1 & 2

 

4.4      Part C - Degree Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSC299

OR

SSC499

Criminology and Social Policy Project Dissertation

OR

Professional and Applied Social Sciences Dissertation

 

40

 

1 & 2

SSC220

Crime Prevention

10

1

SSC211

The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales

10

2

OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Candidates must choose three 20 wgt options from the Departmental Options list below or two 20 wgt options plus 2x10 credit weight language modules. 

A selection to be offered from the following, plus language modules:

 

Code

Title

Modular   Weight

Semester

SSC030

Debating Society

20

2

SSC031

Stereotyping the 'Other'

20

2

SSC034

Surveillance Society

20

1

SSC113

Gender and Psychology

20

2

SSC128

Political Psychology

20

1

SSC138

Forensic Psychology

20

1

SSC221

Victimology

20

1

SSC236

Protest and Social Change

20

1

SSC237

Sex Work and Sex   Industries

20

2

SSC234

Media, Culture and Crime

20

2

SSC360

The Media in Global   Context

20

1

SSC364

Persuasion and Communication

20

2

 

 

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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