Crime and its impact, are at the forefront of current political and social debate. A degree in criminology and criminal justice with law enables you to explore the reality behind the newspaper headlines on crime and examine a topic which is relevant, topical and has real, practical application in contemporary society. You will also cover a number of key law subject areas which link to the criminology side of your course.
Criminology and Criminal Justice and Law with Sandwich placement
Crime and its impact, are at the forefront of current political and social debate.
- Institute Code W75
- UCAS Code MM94
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- Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
- Award BA (Hons)
- Study Mode Sandwich
- Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
- Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
- School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies
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What happens on the course?
On a sandwich course, your third year will be a supervised placement. This gives you the opportunity to apply and develop the knowledge and skills you have gained in the first two years of your course, before you move on to your final year.
The module aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of contract law by considering the requirements for a legally binding agreement, with particular emphasis on the formation of a contract and the contents of a contract, including exclusion of liability.
The module outlines the framework of the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The Police, described as 'the gateway to the criminal justice system', is examined first. The other topics in the module are designed to introduce the student to the process of criminal justice; they include, the role of the Crown Prosecution Service, Legal Representation, The Criminal Court Structure etc.
The module aims to provide students with foundation knowledge of the principal features of the English Legal System as well as developing many of the practical lawyering, study and employability skills required by students throughout their legal education and into employment. The approach is very practical and designed to enable students to develop the required skills at their own speed. Personal development planning and self-reflection are important features of this module.
This module will cover the basic character of tortious liability; The origins of the tort of negligence. The historical development of the duty of care. The standard of care and breach of the duty of care. Causation in fact and law. Nervous shock law. Pure economic loss and liability for omissions. Occupiers' liability and trespass to the person. You will also examine the availability of tortious defences in these areas.
To introduce students to how we think about crime and criminal justice. The module explores how popular and official knowledge about crime and victimisation are contructed. It goes on to locate these constructions within the context of contemporary British society.
This module introduces students to the study of social policy and the fundamental issues that are its focus. These issues will be used to examine a range of past and current social policies.
This module will familiarise students with the complex relationship between the media and the manufacture of deviance resulting in social stigma. It focuses upon media representations of 'deviance', criminality and the construction of social stigma. The module provides students with an understanding of the role of the media in the creation of moral panics and examines the influence of these representations on popular opinion, social policies and legal decision-making.
Volunteering in the Community is a community-based learning module which gives students the opportunity to combine practical experience with their academic studies. The module enables students to develop a range of vocational and interpersonal skills commesurate with graduate employment and critical citizenship. In addition, the module provides students with the opportunity to link their academic studies with volunteering activity and to 'learn by doing'.
This module offers the study of the main crimes against the person. It will cover the components of a crime including mens rea and actus reus, along with issues of causation and omissions liability. The module will cover the crimes of murder, manslaughter and non- fatal offences such as assault, battery, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm. It will then investigate how crimes may be proven by establishing all elements of the offence in the absence of a valid defence. Defences covered include the murder specific defences of loss of control and diminished responsibility, consent, insanity, automatism and intoxication.
This module introduces social science students to quantitative research methods. There are three aspects to the module. First, are introduced to quantitative methods: history, philosophy of science and ethics. Second students undertake a subject appropriate research project involving the formulation of a hypothesis, the writing of survey questions and the testing of the data obtained through the questionnaire. Three, students construct a project proposal in preparation for final year dissertation work.
This module aims to introduce students to theories of crime, and to develop awareness, understanding and the ability to critically evaluate these theories.
The module aims to : i. provide awareness of the different types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), as an alternative to civil litigation through the English Legal System, for civil dispute resolution; ii. provide an introduction to negotiation, arbitration and mediation as a means of alternative dispute resolution; iii. provide guidance on negotiation skills theory and practice to enable students to develop and/or enhance their verbal communication, negotiation and presentation skills.
This module aims to take students with no prior knowledge of the target language to A1 standard in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and to encourage an evaluation of different language learning strategies and techniques.
This module will develop student's ability to explore the way community and the ideas associated with it - social capital, social exclusion, and ‘bottom-up’ governance - are being used in social policy. The module also intends to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between individuals, community, society and policies through an objective use of data.
This module examines the main political, cultural, social and economic changes in British society since 1945. It examines attempts by historians, politcal scientists, cultural commentators and sociologists to expalin these changes and evaluate their consequences.
This module aims to facilitate students in rising one stage (A2) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Brief Module Description The Beveridge Report aimed to rid society of five "Giant Evils": squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease, yet poverty still blights the lives of millions in this country. Why, despite the welfare state, are people still poor or are homeless or living in unacceptable housing? This module will involve an examination of the differing theories of poverty and the ideologies and models of welfare and welfare provision. The module will also examine the welfare state and housing provision in the UK in its historical, legal, political and social context.
This module mainly aims to understand the challenges to the morality of individuals arising out of conflicts and differences with other individuals, the requirements of allegiance to the State, and the practical necessity of living in a plural society. These challenges bring into focus our conceptions of rights and duties. Laws regulate a large part of our public conduct within a variety of social institutions, thus this module will focus on the relation between morality and law.
Forms of punishment have changed over time from the infliction of retributive and immediate bodily pain (hanging, branding etc) in public to the wider use of imprisonment and non-custodial based punishments, such as probation and fines. The module will discuss how and why these changes have taken place. It will explore the types of punishments employed in the UK since the early modern period, as well as the social and intellectual forces that have had a seminal impact on the development of punishment& nbsp; and sentencing. It will also consider how, over time, the role of the victim in sentencing has altered, as well as the wider social, historical, economic and cultural factors which various theorists argue have driven these changes.
This module will introduce students to key issues related to victimology and current approaches to offender management as a tool to reduce crime. It will consider the relationship between victims and offenders and their interaction with the criminal justice system.
This module provides opportunities for community-based learning through voluntary community engagement. This activity enables students to understand the relevance of their studies within a community context, combining practical experience with academic studies. In addition, it is an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the Third Sector, and the notion of citizenship. Both subject specific and transferable skills will be developed and utilised throughout this module, thus developing graduate employment attributes.
This module offers an opportunity for students to apply and develop the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills gained on their course, through work experience or study experience in an alternative cultural context. The module involves a year-long placement in a suitable work or educational environment, supported by a workplace mentor or institutional representative, and an academic tutor from the Faculty.
To enable study in depth of certain contemporary issues in criminology. To allow critical evaluation of issues in criminology and to relate these to theory, policy and practice.
This module aims to examine how crime in modern society is prevented and controlled. To critically examine informal and formal methods of controlling crime. To address ways in which the broader behaviour and lifestyles of particular individuals and social groups are controlled through crime control.
This module enables students who work part time, volunteer or underake a work placement to use their experiences to gain credits towards their degree. Students are required to identify, negotiate and research an issue which is relevant to both their academic study and the external organisation.
This module examines terrorism and counter terrorism in the United Kingdom. It sets the current issue of jihadist terrorism in context by examining the issue of Northern Ireland (1968-1998) in which republican and loyalist terrorist groups used violence to either break Northern Ireland away from the rest of the UK or keep it there. In examining both Northern Ireland and the current situation the module proceeds in 4 stages; it 1] examines the legal framework established by the UK government to combat terrorism, 2] examines the policy of counter terrorism in practice, and 3] examines the effectiveness of the strategies pursued and 4] examines the civil liberties issues raised by counter terrorism.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice Project aims to provide Criminology and Criminal Justice students with the opportunity to research an area of criminological interest in some depth.
This module aims to facilitate your in rising one stage (A2) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The module will provide an overview of general employment law matters in the context of the employer employee relationship from recruitment to dismissal. It will introduce the key themes which need to be aware of in order to comply with their obligations and act within the law. It will explore current issues from time to time for example dealing with underperformance, absenteeism and related contractual matters within the legal framework. Major topics for example dismissal and discrimination and rights within the workplace will also be covered.
The concept of the family becomes more difficult to define. For a lawyer definitions are important because mutual rights and obligation arise within certain relationships and not others. The module will examine the rights and duties that arise on marriage both towards spouses and children born within marriage. Mutual responsibilities now extend beyond the traditional married relationship to include same sex civil partnerships and whilst cohabitees might not have legal responsibilities to each other they do in relation to their children. The module will consider the legal response to forced marriage, the law on divorce and the application of legislation which provides a framework for the courts to settle property and maintenance disputes on divorce. In relation to children the module will deal briefly with the legal concept of parentage, consider the extent of parental rights and consider the principles developed through the courts to resolve disputes over where children should live following divorce and what the contact rights should be for the other parent. The module will also consider the law’s response to domestic violence, a recognised serious problem which affects a very significant number of families. The injunctive remedies available to victims and the legal basis for a successful application for a remedy will be examined. Where relevant the position of cohabitees in respect of each of the above areas studied will be integrated into the teaching.
This module aims to facilitate students in rising one stage (B1/B2/C1) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Internet law is a module concerned with the legal issues arising from online activities. The law is responding to developments and new challenges such as cybercrime, data protection, privacy, social media abuses, internet regulation, and cyber-squatting claims to name a few. This module will consider the diverse legal responses to the broad challenges posed by online interaction.
This module aims to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the law of criminal evidence and, in particular, how it operates in practice. It is a vital subject for anyone considering a career as a barrister or a solicitor and will also be valuable grounding for other criminal justice careers, such as the police or Probation Service.
Membership of the European Union has had a profound, and often controversial, effect on the constitutions and national legal systems of its member states, as well as the lives of the citizens of those states. The Treaty of Rome and a succession of subsequent amending treaties, together with the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the work of other Union institutions, have significantly advanced the cause of European legal integration. This integration has been achieved sometimes with the support of member state governments and often times in the face of significant member state government and popular opposition. & nbsp; The most significant development in European Union law has perhaps been the establishment of the internal market (sometimes referred to as the & lsquo;single market& rsquo;), which provides for the free movement of citizens, goods, services and capital within the external boundaries of the Union. The establishment of the internal market has in turn led to an increasing harmonisation of national laws in the European Union in a large number of areas. The drive to achieve the realisation of the internal market has also caused the Union& rsquo;s institutions, in particular its Court of Justice, to develop and expand the treaties& rsquo; existing enforcement mechanisms to ensure the uniformity and effectiveness of European Union law. & nbsp; This module explores the themes above, focussing particularly on the institutional framework of the Union; the manner in which Union laws are made; the effect of Union law; the mechanisms to ensure the enforcement of Union law; and, the law of the internal market.
Students will focus on nationality, immigration and asylum law by considering and comparing UK law and EU law. It is essential that students understand issues related to national sovereignty and EU supremacy in order to understand the law which applies in the UK. The subject will cover British and EU citizenship, free movement of persons and UK and EU law on the area, UK immigration law, EU immigration law, Human Rights and Asylum law.
Drawing on knowledge gained from previous modules, this module will equip students to explore and analyse the political forces driving social policy and look at a range of contemporary issues relevant to social policy. Within this module, students will analyse a series of contemporary events in a way that will develop analytical skills important for working within social policy after graduation.
This module considers the debates around and the concepts involved in the genesis and implementation of public policy in Britain and allows students to do a case-study in an area of their choice.
This module will provide students with an in depth comparative and critical approach to the development, use and controversies involved in the prison as a system of incarcerating criminals. The module considers the development of the modern prison system from 1853 onward and examines the rationales behind the operation, and the ideas of 'success' of imprisonment in the UK. Notions of the politics of punishment are also examined, as is the importance of monitoring prison regimes. Alternatives to prison are also considered.
The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to study a topic in the area of law, Criminology or Criminal Justice in greater detail than is possible on a taught module. By undertaking this module the students will not only increase their knowledge of the principles and topical issues concerning the particular area selected but also the opportunity to develop skills in legal and/or sociological research and academic writing and presentation. Students will employ appropriate research theories and methodologies to facilitate the deeper understanding of a topic required to underpin the completion of an extended piece of writing.
This module examines concepts and theories of serious and organised crime and evaluates its development, impact and initiatives taken to tackle it. Case study material will include drug smuggling, human trafficking, environmental crime and maritime piracy.
The module will examine the economic, political and social dimensions of work in contemporary Britain. Whilst being identified by successive governments as the route out of poverty and the basis for government moral distinctions between ‘workers and shirkers’, the module examines the way in which the world of work is unequal, regulated and changing. The module will critically study experiences of low pay, trade unions, geography, and women workers amongst other themes.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the idea of young people as criminals, and the youth justice system they move through. Youth crime has been a persistent concern over the past century, with an increasing societal focus and concern on anti-social behaviour. This module will allow students to consider the emergence of ‘youth offending’ and consider whether current youth justice policy is working. The module will explore youth pathways into crime and the treatment of young people in the YJS. The welfare vs. justice debate will be explored and students will gain a critical appreciation of the theory and ideas underpinning youth justice policy and practice in England and Wales.
Potential Career Paths
Recent graduates in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Law are working in a variety of roles including Criminal Justice Agencies, the Police and the National Probation Service, others are employed in related fields such as trading standards, HM Revenues and Customs, the UK Border Agency and social work.
This integrated degree develops skills which are appropriate to a range of careers from the Civil Service to various management roles.
All our courses provide the academic background and scholarship necessary for postgraduate study at both Master's and Doctoral level.
You could also continue your study of law and undertake the LLM Common Professional Examination at Wolverhampton; to enable you to proceed to the Legal Practice Course or to the Bar Professional Training Course. Provided that you have taken the relevant foundation subjects as part of this course you May be eligible for exemption from part of the Common Professional Examination. For further details on exemption see www.sra.org
Everything you need to know about this course!
Practical Experience: An opportunity at each level of the course to undertake a placement module which will provide invaluable practical experience.
Pastoral support: We pride ourselves in our supportive culture, with a large team of academic and student support staff to provide excellent pastoral care and support together with a welcoming academic environment in which to undertake your degree.
Research-led: Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the very latest debates in policy and practice.
On succesful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Have knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and procedures of law and criminology and an understanding of how they operate.
- Apply knowledge to problem situations and demonstrate the ability to provide solutions to unresolved debates demonstrated over a wide number of legal and criminal justice issues.
- Act independently in planning and managing tasks with limited guidance in areas which you have studied and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and engage with blended and technology supported learning.
- Understand the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have developed and are developing in relation to crime, responses to crime and the practices of the criminal justice system.
- Have a critical awareness of social political and cultural diversity in the context of criminological theories and the criminal justice system.
- Identify and use primary legal sources and journals relevant to topics under study.
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Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points
- A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
- BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
- Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
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- If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
- International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
- Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course
Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.
For more information please contact the Gateway.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
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