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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy (2020 entry)

Academic Year: 2020/21

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 School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award BSc/ BSc+DIntS / BSc+DPS
Programme title Criminology and Social Policy
Programme code SSUB03
Length of programme BSc (Hons): 3 years full-time, BSc (Hons) DPS/DInts: 4 years full-time (including a one-year placement)
UCAS code ML24, LL64
Admissions criteria

BSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/ml24

BSc+DIntS /DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/ll64

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 28 Jul 2020 10:11:13 BST

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 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 (2020 INTAKE) – CRIMINOLOGY AND SOCIAL POLICY

The programme lasts three years full-time, with the opportunity to undertake a placement year (Part I – between second and final years). Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part (Year) with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.  

Important note: No modules may be taken and passed more than once. Optional module availability is subject to timetabling constraints and optional modules may also be subject to change.

 

Part A - Introductory Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (90 credits)

Semester 1

Code Module Title Credit
SSA001 Identities and Inequalities 10
SSA004 Principles of Social Research Methods 10
SSA201 Introducing Criminology 10
SSA206 Crime & Social Welfare: Policy in Practice 10
CXA305 Foundations in Social Sciences 10

 

Semester 2

Code Module Title Credit
SSA002 Global, Social and Cultural Change 10
SSA005 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 10
SSA006 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 10
SSA202 Understanding Social Policy 10

 

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take THREE 10 credit options from the following:

 

Semester 1

Code Module Title Credit
CXA301

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies: Contemporary Trends

& Issues

10
CXA156 Self and Identity 10
Languages

One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre,

levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages o

ffered are: French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish

10

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2

Code Module Title Credit
CXA302

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies:  Theories, Approaches

and Practices

10
CXA155 Social Psychology and Relationships 10
Languages

One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels

dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are:

French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semesters 1 and 2

Students can also choose other modules from the University’s Module Catalogue, approved by the School of Social Sciences and Humanities for inclusion in the programme.

 

Part B - Degree Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits)

Semester 1

 

Code Module Title Credit
SSB004 Advanced Research Methods A 10
SSB201 Criminological Theory 20
SSB220 Crime Prevention 10

Semester 2

 

Code Module Title Credit
SSB005 Advanced Research Methods B 20
SSB211 The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales 20

 

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 40 credits worth of options across two semesters. A selection will be offered from the following list, plus language modules:

Semester 1

 

 Code Module Title Credit
SSB025 Intoxication & Society 10
CXB128 Political Psychology 10
SSB216 Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors 10
CXB360 The Media in Global Context 10
Languages One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are: French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and must carry on from a language in Part A 10

 

Semester 2

 

 Code Module Title Credit
SSB023 Religion & Society 10
SSB036 Digital Lives and Society 10
CXB234 Media, Culture and Crime 10
CXB175 Psychological Disorders in Society 10
SSB021 Inequalities across the Life Course 10
Languages One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are: French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and must carry on from a language in Part A 10

 

Part I

Candidates will undertake one of the following approved study and/or work placements leading to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Regulation XI.

Code Module Title
SSI001 Diploma in Professional Studies (work placement)
SSI002 Diploma in International Studies (study abroad)
LAN900 Diploma in International Studies (overseas work placement in a foreign language)
GYI100 Year in Enterprise (DPS)
GYI200 Professional Training Placement and Overseas Study (DIntS)

 

Part C

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits)

Semester 1

 

Code Module Title Credit
SSC238 Youth Justice 20

Semester 2

 

Code Module Title Credit
SSC210 Rehabilitation and Recovery 20

Semester 1 and 2

 

Code Module Title Credit
SSC299 Criminology and Social Policy Project Dissertation  40

 

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 40 credits worth of options across two semesters. A selection will be offered from the list below, plus language modules:

Semester 1

 

Code Title Credit
SSC024 Gender, Sex and Society 20
SSC020 Race and Racism 20
CXC130 Social Psychology of Everyday Life 20
SSC220 Crime Prevention 20

 Semester 2

 

Code Title Credit
SSC212 Poverty, Pay and Living Standards 20
CXC138 Forensic Psychology 20
SSC211 The Criminal Justice System in England & Wales 20
SSC237 Sex Work & Sex Industries 20

Semesters 1 and 2

 

Languages Two 10-credit modules (one per semester) from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are: French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and must carry on from a language at Part B 20

 

 

 

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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