Individual decision-makers are involved at all stages of the criminal justice system: offenders make decisions about where, when and how to commit crime; police officers make decisions about how to investigate these crimes; judges and jurors decide whether an individual is guilty of a crime and how they should be punished; and professionals working in secure settings make decisions about how to rehabilitate offenders and when they are safe to be released back into the community.
Understanding the factors that influence these decisions is vital if we are to create a more efficient, reliable and accurate criminal justice system that can avoid miscarriages of justice, reduce the number of crimes committed and ultimately protect the public from harm.
The Minor in Criminal Behaviour allows you to explore the criminal justice system from the individual perspectives of those who contribute to it. This includes offenders, victims, the police, judges and juries, expert witnesses and professionals working with offenders in prison, hospital and community settings.
By choosing the Minor in Criminal Behaviour you will be joining the Department of Criminology, which is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research on crime, criminality and justice. The Department is home to some of the UK’s leading experts in criminology, meaning that you will benefit directly from our research which underpins the teaching on this minor.
The Careers Development Service and Criminology work together to ensure you improve your employability, as well as recognising the skills you have acquired throughout your degree. All students will have the opportunity to participate in the Criminal Justice Insights and the Criminal Justice Fast Track, which will enable you to gain volunteering experience, enhance your CV and develop transferable skills.
Your first year provides you with core foundational knowledge regarding the criminal justice system. 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.
Your second year builds on this basic grounding in criminal justice via two modules that investigate how psychology influences the criminal justice process. You will examine offender behaviour and motivation, methods of catching and convicting serial offenders and police interviewing, as well as exploring courtroom decision-making (by judges and juries), the role of expert witnesses and how the most dangerous offenders are rehabilitated in prison, hospital and community settings.
In the third year you will learn about mental disorders (such as schizophrenia, personality disorder and psychopathy), including how such disorders are diagnosed, how persons with such disorders are rehabilitated and the potential relationship between mental disorder and crime (particularly violent and sexual offending).
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.
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 course. You will be assessed through exams, essays, reports, presentations and engagement with seminar activities, giving you the opportunity to develop a full range of academic and transferable skills.
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.
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 Behaviour).
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