Minor in Criminal Justice

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Available for students starting in September 2017

By choosing Criminal Justice as a Minor, you will gain a detailed understanding of the systems and processes of criminal justice, and the steps taken to ensure that justice is served when someone breaks the law. Our academic staff have a wealth of experience of conducting research with criminal justice agencies, and their knowledge and expertise feeds directly into the teaching you receive. In your final year you will have the chance to undertake a criminology placement, providing insights into how criminal justice operates in practice. The Minor in Criminal Justice is an ideal option for students taking the Major in Criminology, but it would also complement a range of other Major pathways for those interested in learning more about criminal justice.

Year 1

Your first year provides you with the core foundational knowledge required to study criminal justice. You will learn about the key agencies involved in delivering criminal justice (including the police, courts, prisons, and probation), and you will explore the key historical developments that have shaped the system of criminal justice that we have today. You will also learn about the impact of criminal justice on different groups of people (including those who break the law, victims of crime, and those who work in criminal justice), and you will be encouraged to challenge common assumptions about the way we respond to lawbreakers. You will study one year-long module, Introduction to Criminal Justice, meaning that you get a comprehensive understanding of the subject which is developed over time. This module also includes the Criminal Justice Insights programme, giving you first-hand experience of a criminal justice agency. You will also have the opportunity to enrol in the Criminal Justice Fast Track, which will enable you to gain volunteering experience, enhance your curriculum vitae and develop transferable skills.

Year 2

The second year builds on the broad foundational knowledge of criminal justice acquired in the first year. You will focus on exploring the way that we punish those who break the law and the steps taken to try and rehabilitate people to prevent further offending. You will study the history of punishment, examining the often cruel methods of torture and capital punishment that dominated in the 18th and 19th centuries, through to the development of prisons and approaches to punishing people in the community that we have today. You will examine critical issues in relation to contemporary forms of punishment, including overcrowding, drug use and violence in prisons. Your second year involves one year-long module, Punishment and Rehabilitation, again allowing you to develop your knowledge and understanding over time.

Year 3

Your final year gives you the opportunity to undertake a criminal justice placement. There will be a diverse range of placement opportunities available to students, and this will enable you to gain first-hand experience of working with professionals from a range of different organisations involved in criminal justice policy, research, education and reform. You will learn about the impact of policy on criminal justice, and you will examine some of the key challenges facing the delivery of criminal justice. You will be invited to make recommendations about how criminal justice should operate, based on your learning throughout the year. Your final year involves one year-long module, Applied Criminology, which incorporates the placement and gives face-to-face teaching sessions to learn more about criminal justice in practice.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Entry Requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements for this Minor.

    Teaching and Assessment

    Our innovative assessment strategy allows you to develop a range of academic and transferable skills throughout your Minor pathway. You will be assessed through exams, essays, reports, presentations and engagement with seminar activities. As all of the modules are year-long you will be assessed over the course of each academic year, allowing you to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding over a period of time.

    The modules you take are taught using a combination of ‘traditional’ lectures and seminars, as well as more contemporary virtual learning environments. Lectures provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to study the subject area, while the seminars give you the opportunity to discuss key ideas with your peers and your seminar leader. The virtual learning environments, which include podcasts, webinars, online discussion forums and audio/visual learning aids, give you the opportunity to explore the subject area at your own pace and offer an alternative approach to learning and teaching. Your learning experience is enhanced by the combination of these teaching methods and this ensures that you have the opportunity to study in a variety of ways. Your Major subject area will provide you with personal tutor support, but all the teaching staff in the Department of Criminology have regular ‘drop in’ sessions where you are able to discuss any aspects of the course.

    Our assessment strategy allows you to develop a range of academic and transferable skills throughout your Minor course. You will be assessed through exams, essays, reports and presentations, giving you the opportunity to develop a full range of academic and transferable skills.

      Now choose your Major

      On a Major/Minor degree you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case Criminal Justice).