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Criminology and Law BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

M930

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

Bringing together the closely related disciplines of Law and Criminology, this course explores the widely publicised and often emotive issues surrounding crime, punishment, justice and the legal system.

Ideal for those interested in careers in criminal justice and with transferrable analytical and problem-solving skills useful in a wide range of jobs, the course considers the strengths and shortcomings of the legal system and the various philosophical, political, social, economic and moral issues which have shaped it and affect us today.

Ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry has a reputation for teaching excellence and excellent professional links with the Police, HM Prison Service and youth Offending Service. Our partnership with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers was the first scheme of its kind in the country.

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Our Facilities

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SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

 

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Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

 

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law BA (Hons)

Course information

Ideal for those interested in careers in criminal justice and with transferable analytical and problem-solving skills useful in a wide range of jobs, the course considers the strengths and shortcomings of the legal system and the various philosophical, political, social, economic and moral issues which have shaped it and affect us today.

 

100%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

In the first year, we introduce you to the foundation principles of criminology and law – the causes of crime, controlling crime and the basis of the British legal system. We explore core ideas in criminology from key thinkers, such as Bentham, Lombroso, Foucault, Cohen and Young.

You’ll be exposed to a wide-ranging analysis of historical and contemporary issues in the area of social control, crime prevention, criminal justice and the legal system. For example, stop and search law and practices, mental health in relation to policing and custody, vulnerable victims and representation in court.

Modules

  • Introducing Criminology

  • Controlling Crime

  • Academic and Professional Skills

  • Criminological Perspectives

  • English Legal System

  • Nature of Law

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The second year introduces you to a range of topics around the major institutions involved in crime control and representation – the police, the prison service and criminal law. We’ll examine the role of the media in representing the police and look at the impact of police protest and disorder, using real-life case studies, such as the murder of Stephen Lawrence or the Hillsborough disaster.

Modules

  • Prisons and Punishment

  • Policing and Society

  • Careers for Criminologists

  • Criminological Imagination

  • Criminal Law

  • Practical Legal Skills

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year of the programme addresses more international issues, including globalised crime and international criminal law. We will examine international crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression and how these have been handled within international criminal tribunals, such as the Rwandan genocide and war crimes in the Balkans.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with a member of academic staff and apply the knowledge of research methods obtained during the first two years of your degree to design and conduct your own piece of research in an area of your choice. In the past, students have researched conviction rates for rape, the prosecution of war crimes in Cambodia and the regulation of environmental crimes.

Modules

  • Current Issues in Criminology

  • Explaining Violence

  • Research Project in Criminology

  • International Criminal Law

  • Global Organised Crime

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

13th

Coventry University is ranked 13th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2019.

In more detail...

  • Coventry is ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Excellent professional links with employers including Police, HM Prison Service and Positive Youth Foundation.
  • 91% of our Criminology graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2014/15).
  • 89% of students satisfied with teaching and 100% said staff were enthusiastic about what they teach in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • New £59 million state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring hospital simulation.
  • The opportunity to develop the skills employers’ desire, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication and report writing.
  • Expert guest lecturers which recently have covered topics including policing and mental health, representing victims of sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, and deaths in police custody.
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips abroad, which have previously included the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and the Stasi museum in Berlin (additional costs may apply).

Links with employers including the Police, HM Prison Service, and Coventry Youth Offending Service.

Your main study themes are:

  • Crime, media and culture: Provides an overview of the emerging theoretical framework of cultural criminology. We address key issues in relation to crime, criminalisation and control in the late modern context.

  • Prisons and punishment: Explores a range of philosophical, theoretical and applied issues related to the penal system. The focus is on historical and contemporary issues in penology. We aim to equip you with a critical understanding of the penal system, philosophies related to punishment, the history and development of the prison service and other penal service providers, and contemporary theories and issues relating to punishment in prison and the community

  • Policing and society: Introduces key issues relating to policing democratic societies. This includes a critical evaluation of the relationships between the police, the state and the citizen.

  • English legal system: Aims to provide you with sound knowledge of the English legal system and its operation, including civil and criminal procedure. It is designed to enable you develop a critical awareness of the legal system, its strengths and shortcomings.

This course can be studied on a full-time basis for three years or part-time, typically taking between four and six years to complete. You start in September.

It is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently and in more depth.

We regularly introduce contemporary issues into the classroom. For example, we not only examine the evolution of the traditional organised crime, such as the Sicilian mafia, American Cosa Nostra, Japanese Yakuza and Chinese Triads, but we also look at the growth of the new wave of organised criminal groups in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Africa and the South American Cartels. 

Your teaching and learning will be enriched guest speakers, presentations, Q&S by input from experts in practice, including forensic psychiatrists, police officers, practitioners from drug and alcohol services or victim services, probation officers, mental health service users, and offenders currently on licence with the probation service.  We also hold an annual Criminology Volunteering Fair, which is attended by Warwickshire and West Midlands Police, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Victim Support and many more, providing excellent professional networking opportunities, as well as the chance to gain additional work experience.

We offer multiple field trips here in the UK, Europe and farther afield, which often incorporate visits to sites of specific interest to criminology, such as museums or courts, as well as relevant cultural sites (additional costs may apply). For example, we’ve previously visited the Holocaust centre in Nottingham, the Reichstag building in Berlin and the Statue of Liberty in New York. 

Meet our staff

Dr Brian Moss

Course Director

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We incorporate a variety of assessment methods including: Formal exams, dissertation, essays, reflective journal, case studies, seen exams, poster presentations, digital story, policy report, group presentations and interviews.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 80%
  • Practical or project work: 15%
  • Formal examinations: 5%

80% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The major theoretical approaches within criminology and law and their relationship to contemporary debates.
  • The development and role of the main agents and institutions which respond to crime and deviance.
  • How crime, deviance and victimisation are socially and legally constructed.
  • Policy and practice in relation to a range of methods of dealing with crime and criminality.
  • Core social science research methodologies, methods and ethical principles.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in interpreting and evaluating theories and research in criminology and law.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think reflectively, critically and analytically about key issues.
  • Critically evaluate research evidence, including statistical information, and use this to draw conclusions about the validity of different claims and arguments.
  • Communicate in a confident, professional manner, both verbally and in writing.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-2 hours of tutorials or individual project supervision each week
  • Medium group teaching: 6-8 hours of skills workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 4-6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 15-20 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, taking part in group work and exam revision.

As well as offering a range of short international field trips, which have previously included a visit to Krakow in Poland to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, you also have the opportunity to complete the course over four years with a sandwich year spent studying abroad.

The University has links with over 20 institutions in Cyprus, France, Malta, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, as well as several other countries around the world. Courses are largely taught in English, but there are opportunities to learn and attend courses in a foreign language. In the past, students on this course have studied human rights law in Sweden.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law BA (Hons)

What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law BA (Hons)

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£12,600 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law BA (Hons)

Career prospects

A Criminology degree from Coventry can provide you with an excellent basis for graduate-level employment in a wide range of relevant professions, from the more established careers such as the prison, probation and police service to the newer initiatives in areas of community safety and crime prevention.

Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that will set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

91%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate qualifications and work for a range of organisations, including The National Crime Agency, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, HM Prison Service, Coventry Cyrenians and West Midlands Police.

£20K

Our graduates earn £20,000 on average six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The lecturers on my course are knowledgeable and approachable people who are there to help with any problem.

Edward Stevens - Criminology and Law BA (Hons)
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.