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This module aims to define the theoretical and empirical contours of criminology as a distinct discipline and to place these in the context of the historical, social, economic and political developments from which the discipline emerged. Central to this enterprise is the question: what does it mean to be a criminologist? To explore this question, the module will combine an exploration of key criminological concepts with explorations of seminal criminological texts, textbooks and blogs.
This module provides students with an understanding of the evidence-based skills and practices criminal justice practitioners such as youth justice workers, probation officers and prison officers should employ to work effectively with service users. The latter are people who are serving court orders under the supervision of probation officers or prison officers. Students also gain first hand/practical experience of: ¿ Using an evaluation instrument to evaluate the quality of programmes criminal justice practitioners deliver to service users. ¿ Producing an evaluation report for key stakeholders such as criminal justice agencies and government bodies.
The media is seen as both shaping and reflecting modern culture; it is also the primary public source of information about crime, criminals and criminal justice. This module focuses on some of the key debates surrounding the relationship between media portrayals of crime, and criminal behaviour and criminal justice policy. What impact does the media have on public perceptions and attitudes regarding crime and criminal justice? Or on criminal justice policy-making? Why is crime news reported in the way that it is? Does exposure to violence in the media increase the likelihood of its commission by the viewer? These questions and many others will be addressed as the module explores the portrayal of crime and criminal justice in both factual and fictional formats
This module will equip students with the skills needed to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words. A series of 6 compulsory meetings with dissertation supervisors followed by optional meetings, enables students to complete this task
, with Principle Investigator: Dr Pamela Ugwudike, Co-Investigators: Ms. Gemma Morgan and Professor Pet, Cherish-de Escalator Funding £5,000
, Cherish-de International Mobility Fellowship £2,000