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Undergraduate study
Criminology

M980 BSc/Cr (M981 BSc/CrFY for Year 0 entry)

 
 

Course overview

What is crime? Who gets to decide? How do we react to crime? Why do people offend? What should we do with criminals? Why do we focus on crimes of the powerless? Are crimes of the powerful more harmful? What is the role of the police and the Criminal Justice System? How does the news and media shape our understanding and experience of crime? How do race, gender, age, sexual orientation and class shape experiences of crime and victimisation? How does our more globalised world shape localised experiences of crime? If you have an enquiring mind and an interest in answering some of these questions, a criminology degree at Teesside will explore these issues and more.

The academic knowledge and understanding you acquire on your criminology degree is put into practice with the opportunity to apply for one of our work-experience opportunities, gaining experience in professions in this field. This is as well as input from a range of guest speakers from youth-offending teams, the probation service, police and prison service - providing ideal opportunities to gain insight into a range of careers in criminal justice.



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Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Study Skills Toolkit

This module will assist you in developing the personal and academic skills that you will need for undergraduate study. It focusses on developing skills such as information retrieval, evaluation, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills and group work.

Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to the historical and contemporary development of social science disciplines and will provide examples of theoretical challenges and the ways in which research is applied in society. You will gain an understanding of the critical differences between disciplines and how interdisciplinary research is fostered through collaboration. You will also be introduced to academic standards, ethical guidelines and research protocols, personal development planning and to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to your degree course and beyond.

Fake News: Propaganda and Polemics, Past and Present

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills in thinking critically about the information and analysis presented in an array of media in today’s digital world, drawing on the methodologies of a range of disciplines within the social sciences, humanities and law. You will explore examples of the debates over fake news in both the past and present, and look at how fake news can be used to both support and undermine the status quo, enabling you in the process to become more savvy and engaged citizens.

Historical and Popular Crime, Justice, Law and Psychology

This module introduces you to the history of crime and justice, using media representations and crime fiction as a way of exploring crime over time, including aspects such as changes in society, law and education in this context.

Project

This module allows students to identify an area of interest related to their undergraduate degree and to explore this through a small scale research project where students will be required to produce an analysis of an area of focus.

Teesside: History, Literature, Culture, and Society

This module provides you with an opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the Teesside region. You will learn about Teesside’s history, culture and society through the examination of various topics which will give you a deeper understanding of the region, both past and present.

 

Year 1 core modules

Criminal Justice

This module explores various aspects of the Criminal Justice System, including a range of agencies and institutions that operate within it. Initial focus is placed upon introducing students to the historical foundations of criminal justice in the 19th century and the material/ideological conditions of Victorian Penality. Whilst plotting this historical trajectory towards a contemporary understanding of the Criminal Justice System, a number of facets will be explored including the era of penal-welfarism, the dislocations of neoliberalism, criminal justice under New Labour and the Coalition Government. The aim is to locate our understanding of criminal justice within a broader historical, political, social, and economic context. The module will also explore a number of specific themes, for example, probation, prisons, restorative justice, race and gender and links are made to theory where appropriate.

Criminal law for Criminologists

As perhaps the best known aspect of the legal system, criminal law presents an interesting and challenging area of study.

You are introduced to the English legal system and gain an understanding of the nature and purpose of criminal law, the principles of criminalisation and the basic elements of a crime. You examine some controversial aspects of criminal law, including, for example, particularly problematic criminal offences and defences and the way the criminal law responds to social problems.

Popular Criminology

This Level 4 core module introduces students to the study of popular representations of crime, violence, victimisation and justice (popular criminology) within academic criminology, highlighting how popular criminology enhances understandings of crime, violence and victimization on a number of levels. The module explores the value of 'popular criminology' across a range of different formats: crime fiction, true crime, documentary, film and others, for enhancing criminological knowledge beyond academic criminology. The module also considers how more recent technological developments transform and shape our relationship with crime reality and representation. As well as exploring the potential of popular criminological forms, the module adopts a critical approach exploring the limitations of mediated representations of crime and interrogating the consequences of media violence and the place of violence within culture. 

Principles of Criminology

The module seeks to provide an introduction to criminological theories and the way in which we understand crime and deviance in contemporary society. The module is designed to serve as a foundation to further criminological theory modules in levels 5 and 6. The intention is to provide a sound basis on which to explore debates about who commits crime, why crime is committed and why crime is seen as a social problem. Students will be introduced to a range of classic and traditional theoretical perspectives which will provide the foundations for more complex and contemporary theoretical perspectives later in the programme.

Principles of Sociology

This module provides students with principles and issues related to classical social theory. The key theorists include Durkheim, Marx, Weber and Veblen. Lectures and seminars will demonstrate the application of theory to relevant sociological concepts. This enables students to apply theoretical models to the study of everyday life. A key aim is to encourage students to begin to understand how one can synthesize, evaluate and compare competing theoretical approaches in sociology. In doing so, students will be offered a way of appreciating the relationships between classical sociological theory, empirical research and applied policy and practice, and how such relationships have emerged historically. Furthermore, the module will provide students with the theoretical competence to argue whether classical sociological theory remains relevant when analysing contemporary policy and practice.

Research in Practice

This year-long module introduces students to the concept of Criminology and Sociology in Practice. Through group projects, students will work on live practical problems and questions related to contemporary issues in Sociology and Criminology. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, the module will introduce basic research skills, ethical considerations, data analysis and dissemination of findings.  This module presents an opportunity to contextualise subject learning in real life examples that may include collaboration with external agencies, businesses and organisations. Projects may include questions on drugs, mental health, housing, policing, victims of crime, domestic violence, fear of crime, austerity, and the night-time economy. 

 

Year 2 core modules

Criminological Theory

This module builds on the theoretical material covered in Year 1 and you develop a more detailed analysis of key ideas in historical and contemporary criminology. The first half of the term deals with the history of ideas in criminology. The second half applies those ideas to contemporary patterns in crime and disorder.

Police and Policing

The module will help students explore the development, organisation and practice of policing in modern society. Students will be introduced to key concepts, theories and debates in the sociology of the police. The module situates policing within the wider institutional configuration of security and social control and facilitates an understanding of how economic, political and ideological factors shape these institutions. It examines a range of historical and comparative issues in police organisation, deployment and practice from a British and comparative perspective. The module also encourages students to reflect on the implications of these dimensions of policing for democratic government, civil liberties and human rights.

Research in Action

This year-long module introduces students to the concept of Criminology and Sociology in Practice. Through group projects, students will work on live practical problems and questions related to contemporary issues in Sociology and Criminology. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, the module will introduce basic research skills, ethical considerations, data analysis and dissemination of findings.  This module presents an opportunity to contextualise subject learning in real life examples that may include collaboration with external agencies, businesses and organisations. Projects may include questions on drugs, mental health, housing, policing, victims of crime, domestic violence, fear of crime, austerity, and the night-time economy.

Research Methods for Social Scientists

This module will enable students to develop an understanding of social research methods in Criminology and Sociology. Students will gain an understanding of the philosophy of social science which will facilitate a more informed awareness of relevant research designs, strategies and methods. This module focuses on equipping students with the knowledge to make reasoned, informed and evaluative decisions in both research design and practice. Through this module, students will develop an understanding of ethical and practical issues in research and engage in practical activities to develop their skills in designing, conducting and analysing research. Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for social science, this module is an important foundation for independent research projects.

Victims, Rights and Restorative Justice

Examine the history of victim studies and the development of victimology as a discipline in criminology.

The role of the victim in criminal justice is key to debate in this field and you examine the growing trend by policy makers to establish a victim orientated system. The growth of agencies supporting victims is also discussed.

Key developments in the academic study of victims, policy implications and the issue of counting victims is explored. The module also examines the debates surrounding the balance of victim and offer rights and we discuss the concept of restorative justice and human rights issues from the perspective of victims.

 

and one optional module

Employability and Work Experience

Gain academic credit for participating in work experience related to criminology, criminal justice and sociology. You may find your own work experience (subject to approval from your module tutor) or you can take advantage of work experience opportunities offered as part of the module.

Work experience must be performed to an agreed job description and person specification for a minimum of 60 working hours. To take part you must complete a DBS check, along with any other security checks required by your work experience provider. You must also agree to and sign a legal agreement outlining the obligations of yourself, the University and the work experience provider. Alongside your work experience you explore employability issues and skills through a number of interactive workshops led by professionals from within and outside the University.

This module has limited places and participation is subject to a selection process involving an application, shortlisting and interview.

Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence

Critically examine the nature, extent and impact of sexual and domestic violence from a range of academic, theoretical, research, policy and practitioner perspectives. Explore the links between the various aspects of domestic and sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault, domestic violence, honour based violence and sexual exploitation.

You engage with the conceptual, methodological and ethical issues which characterise historically hidden problems – and we focus on the continued need for sensitivity in exploring and addressing these issues. The module traces the emergence of sexual and domestic violence as criminological problems, and critically examines the changing legal, policing, criminal justice and community responses.

Understanding the Environment: Inequality, Harm & Society

This module will introduce students to contemporary debates related to the study of our environment. Environmentalism and climate change have become key topics of popular and public debate within recent years and this module asks students to explore the sociological and criminological issues and challenges associated with environmental change. How do societies engage with the environment? What impact do we have on the external landscape? What harms and opportunities emerge from our interaction with the environment? These critical questions will underpin the module and challenge students to think about the impact of environmental change upon our way of life. The themes this module explores may include consumerism and waste, environmental pollution, urban design and infrastructure, population displacement, resource wars and social harm. Students will be asked to critically engage with a range of theories and concepts that aim to make sense of the environment.

 

Final-year core modules

New Developments in Criminology

In this module students will explore some of the most important contemporary developments in criminology. Students will develop a detailed analysis of various issues at the forefront of the discipline, including not just 'crime' but harm as a broader category for critical social analysis. The module is geared towards applying theoretical and conceptual knowledge to inform real world impact. Towards this end, the module will draw upon and integrate material from a range of perspectives and disciplines from across the social sciences. This includes, among other perspectives, transcendental materialism, ultra-realism, the pseudo-pacification process, zemiology, green criminology, and deviant leisure. This is an exciting a wide-ranging module that seeks to challenge dated ideas and understandings of criminality and harm production.

Penology

The module encourages the exploration of the relationship between philosophies of punishment, methods and strategies of penal intervention, including sentencing, imprisonment, community sentences and community supervision. The module pays particular attention to the ethical conflicts and dilemmas that emerge because of society’s response to criminal behaviour.  Retaining a focus on the key principles of security, control, and justice, the module will explore issues of differential treatment, the response and adaptation of prison populations to penal practices and regimes, the internal culture of the prison, and the role of probation services. The impact of social and economic change on penal policy and practice will be examined in order to question the influence of human rights law on the treatment of offenders.

Research Project

Following a clear academic structure, you produce a research proposal and a written dissertation of no more than 10,000 words.

This project allows you to define your own research design, methods and questions and to focus on a particular area of study over an extended period. You may choose a library based dissertation, an empirical study or a piece of active research in collaboration with a public or third party organisation.

 

and two optional modules

Employability and Work Experience

Gain academic credit for participating in work experience related to criminology, criminal justice and sociology. You may find your own work experience (subject to approval from your module tutor) or you can take advantage of work experience opportunities offered as part of the module.

Work experience must be performed to an agreed job description and person specification for a minimum of 60 working hours. To take part you must complete a DBS check, along with any other security checks required by your work experience provider. You must also agree to and sign a legal agreement outlining the obligations of yourself, the University and the work experience provider. Alongside your work experience you explore employability issues and skills through a number of interactive workshops led by professionals from within and outside the University.

This module has limited places and participation is subject to a selection process involving an application, shortlisting and interview.

Inside Out

Originating at Temple University in 1996, the Inside Out model of prisoner education aims to promote learning through collaboration and dialogue around issues of crime and social concern. University undergraduates (outside students) alongside serving prisoners (inside students) undertake a 15 week module within the prison setting, facilitated by academic staff. Each student has equality of status, and an equal stake in the learning.  There are strict ground rules for participants, and the first four weeks are taken with consideration of these.   Most of the taught sessions on this module will be undertaken inside the prison, working alongside serving prisoners. The Inside Out module is demanding and intensive, requiring a high degree of self-reflection, maturity and adherence to the ground rules of the programme, as well as the requirements of the prison regime.  A willingness to engage openly with others, a non- judgmental attitude and preparedness to learn within a prison environment are all essential. 
  
Due to the sensitive and intensive nature of this module, places are limited and offered on the basis of application and interview.  In addition, successful students will be required to undertake mandatory prison training and security clearance at a level appropriate to attendance at the partner prison.  The assessments for Inside Out are a particular kind of reflection paper.  The papers call for students to observe, reflect, analyse and then integrate the academic readings with personal reflections upon the Inside Out experience.  There are two summative assessments, as well as a formative assessment.

Race, Crime and Social Exclusion

An exploration of the ways the categories of race, ethnicity and social class are constructed and represented by the various forms and institutions that constitute the criminal justice system and wider systems of social control.

You examine the ideological, historical, economic and socio-political context of how race and class came to be associated with crime and criminal justice. We discuss how this association has been generated in part through early criminological discourse and through contemporary academic assessment of evidence and explanations about whether, and to what extent, minority ethnic criminality and victimisation is constructed through racism.

Case studies of criminality and victimisation, policing, stop and search, the courts, penality, genocide, and racial violence are used. You are asked to acquaint yourself with relevant theoretical and policy perspectives and debates about minority ethnic groups in relation to the criminal justice system, and to ask yourself whether theories of racism can enhance a criminological understanding of this area.

Understanding Drugs in Society

The study of drugs and drug use is at an important stage and views of drug use are changing. This module introduces key issues and debates in the field of drug use and misuse. It critically examines the changing status of drug use and the way drug use is conceived as problematic for individuals and societies. The module also highlights how changing attitudes and policy towards drug use reflect broader socio-economic and cultural changes.

You examine how drug policies have attempted to control and regulate intoxication in society by different health and crime prevention strategies. You consider: changing patterns of drug use and the implications of this change for drug users; the representation of drugs and drug use in popular culture; the nature of care provision for ‘problem’ drug users; the conflicting nature of drugs education and the dichotomy between harm reduction and ‘just say no’ strategies and crime prevention strategy as it relates to the ‘war on drugs’.

You also explore possible future policy alternatives such as legalisation and de-criminalisation and examine nations that have taken a more lenient approach to drug use. The module draws on current local, national and international research into social aspects of drug use. You are encouraged to draw on numerous resources including the media and popular culture, the internet, social networking and your own experiences.

Violence and Society

This level 6 module adopts a comprehensive approach to the study of violence, exploring violent behaviour on a number of levels. The module will interrogate definitions of violence, explanations of violence and differing forms and manifestations of violence. For instance, the module will address violence as subjective and interpersonal, analysing a range of explanations and the social and situational characteristics of violence from the perspective of both perpetrators and victims. With this in mind, the module will explore different forms of subjective violence such as violence against women, football violence, violence and the night-time economy. The module will also take a wider approach to address structural and symbolic violence in the form of state violence and the harms which derive from political and economic systems. The module also aims to assess the place of violence within culture and the consequences for the individual and society of profligate cultural violence. Taken as whole, the module aims to offer students a clear sense of how violence links to a range of contemporary cultural and structural conditions.

Youth Justice

The module explores the historical background to the youth justice system and critically debates how changes in social policy and legislation have influenced our approach to young people who have offended. The module examines how the construction of young people within society has led to increased surveillance and regulation in their everyday life. In addition, the module analyses how a range of socio-economic factors increase the likelihood that young people will engage in anti-social and offending behaviour. The module explores the relationship between theory, research and practice to understand the experiences of young people when they come into contact with the youth justice system. 

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

All modules are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and online learning. In lectures specific information is delivered to larger groups while, in the smaller seminar groups, you can explore issues in more depth supported by independent study. Examples of seminar and workshop activities include case study work, media analysis, poster presentations, discussions and debates. You learn how to use all our extensive facilities such as electronic journals, virtual learning environments and computer programs. You are also encouraged to use the world on your doorstep as a research laboratory for contextualising learning.

How you are assessed

Assessment is varied and includes essays, presentations, projects, case studies, examinations and a research project. Some modules have several pieces of assessed work to help you to develop your skills throughout the academic year.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You must have GCSE English at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent.

For entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year) a typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in English.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

You can enter a broad range of careers including the probation service, prison service, police, voluntary organisations and public sector or postgraduate training or study. Increasingly opportunities exist within private security, crime prevention and offender management.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

 

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years with a foundation year
  • UCAS code: M980 BSc/Cr
    M981 BSc/CrFY for Year 0 entry
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  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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Part-time

2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Up to 5 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
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The School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law has fantastic state-of-the-art facilities that reflect the broad range of courses it offers. From a hydrotherapy pool and environmental chamber to a replica courtroom and crime scene house, students have access to the kind of equipment they will go on to use throughout their careers.

 

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