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StudentsStudyingCriminology is the study of crime as an individual and social phenomenon. It focuses on the incidence and causes of crime and considers social and governmental responses. It is best understood as a field of study that draws on a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology and law.

The BSc Criminology and Psychology degree is accredited with the British Psychological Society and is jointly delivered with the Department of Psychology. This degree will give students an understanding of crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system alongside the biological, social, clinical and cognitive factors that influence behaviour. The degree develops students' understanding of psychological problems and interventions, how social and cognitive factors influence behaviour and how behaviour can be modified. It also examines the underpinnings of criminal behaviour (including violent crime, terrorism, race and hate crime), and how society reacts to, controls, and is affected by crime and deviance.  

The School of Law's has also launched a new LLB Law programme which started in September 2015.  This degree will not only teach the basic principles of law but will also explore the impact of legal decisions on society and individuals.

All three of our degree programmes run over three years, full time. Entries are submitted through UCAS. The Admissions Tutor is Dr Richard Smith

BSc in Criminology and Sociology

The BSc Criminology and Sociology has a modular structure whereby students take a total of 12 modules at the rate of 4 per year. First year modules are compulsory but students can choose from a range of modules in the second and third years allowing them to specialise in their individual areas of interest. 

You will grapple with a range of criminological questions, such as: What is meant by the ‘dark figure’ in criminology? Why do we punish? Does prison work?

Sociology encourages us to regard issues that affect us as individuals as part of a wider social world that is constantly changing. It is thus concerned with the ways in which the life experiences of individuals are shaped by broader social forces, institutions and groups and the social rules and processes that organise people. It is not a subject with easy answers – however it gives us tools to examine, and question, the world around us. You will engage with competing perspectives on key issues and social problems, and will learn to weigh up the evidence and form your own point of view. You will consider a range of sociological questions, such as: How have patterns of family life changed in recent years? What are the consequences of such changes? Who is most likely to live in poverty and why? To what extent do factors such as gender, ethnicity and class influence people’s life chances? 

First Year

You will be introduced to both criminology and sociology. Teaching focuses on the causes of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system, and providing a grounding in sociological thinking about the world and approaches to understanding a range of social problems and policy issues.  All students undertake the following courses:

CR1011 Introduction to Criminology 

CR1013 The Criminal Justice System

CR1014 Introduction to Sociology

CR1015 Social Problems and Social Policy

Second Year

In your second year you are given a thorough understanding of criminological and sociological research methods and take compulsory course on theoretical debates in criminology and sociology. All students undertake courses on:

CR2011 Research Methods for Social Scientists

CR2012 Data Analysis for Social Scientists

CR2013 Key Perspectives and Debates in Criminology

CR2014 Sociology of Contemporary Society

 You will then select two options from a range, examples of which may include:

CR2016 Crime and the Law

CR2017 Youth and Crime

CR2019 Sociology of the Family

CR2021 Youth in Society

Third Year

In your third year, you will undertake a dissertation on a topic of your choice under guidance from your supervisor. 

CR3011 - Dissertation (Criminology)

All students will then take a further 90 credits from modules of their choice including:

CR3001- Sociology of Health and Illness (Part 1)

CR3002-Sociology of Health and Illness (Part 2)

CR3003- Youth in Society: Deviance & Delinquency

CR3004 - Youth in Society: Culture, Subculture & Transgression

CR3005 - Crime, Media and Culture

CR3009 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Society

CR3015- Children Society & Risk

CR3018 - Risk Insecurity and Terrorism (Part 1)

CR3019 - Risk, Insecurity and Terrorism (Part 2)

CR3023 - Prisons

CR3026- Lost in Music

CR3027 Drugs, Crime and Society

CR3028 Gender, Sexuality and Crime

CR3029 Sentencing and Penal Policy

CR3030 Victims and Witnesses

Although a variety of criminological and sociological options will always be provided, the exact course titles offered in any particular year may vary depending on the availability of faculty and their particular areas of expertise.

Teaching

Course units within each programme are taught mainly through lectures and seminars.  Seminar groups are usually small enough to allow an active exchange of ideas with your tutor and other students. You will take the equivalent of four course units a year, which means a commitment to eight hours formal engagement with academic staff and other students. You will be expected to spend at least a further thirty hours each week on private study in preparation for seminars and coursework. Courses are assessed by a combination of essays, end of year exams and, in the third year, a dissertation. 

BSc Criminology and Psychology (Joint Degree)

PAcT_WEB_Accredited_2012resizedDuring the BSc Criminology and Psychology programme, joint honours students divide their time between the School of Law and the Department of Psychology. You will be taught in several different ways, mostly through lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. Altogether you can expect around 12 hours of tutorials, lab classes and lectures each week and the rest of the time you will be engaged in private study, reading and revision. Your understanding and knowledge will be assessed in coursework essays throughout term and end of year examinations, which are usually in May. You will also be allocated your own Personal Advisor – a member of academic staff who will be available to give you guidance and support throughout your time as a student at Royal Holloway.

First Year

All courses in the first year are compulsory. You will take two Criminology modules and four Psychology modules. These courses will introduce you to both the basic concepts behind both Criminology and Psychology.  

Criminology Courses

CR1011 - Introduction to Criminology

CR1013 - Criminal Justice System

Psychology Courses

PS1030 Self and Society

PS1060 - Biological Foundations of Psychology

PS1110 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

PS1021 Learning and Memory

Second Year

Courses in the second year build on the knowledge gained in the first year. They are more specialised and give you the chance to learn about particular topics in greater depth. You will be expected to carry out more independent reading and to begin to understand research design. You will receive lab classes, tutorials and lectures in research methodology and key debates in criminology. You will also continue to develop a greater understanding of the key sub-disciplines in psychology. 

Core Courses

Criminology courses

CR2013 - Key Perspectives and Debates in Criminology

CR2010- Research Methods for Psychologists

CR2030- Data Analysis for Psychologists

Psychology courses

PS2030 - Social Psychology

PS2040 - Developmental Psychology

PS2050 - Personality and Individual Differences

PS2080 - Conceptual Issues in Psychology

Third Year

In your final year, courses are flexible and you have a great deal of choice of which units to take. Courses are highly specialized and at the cutting edge of research.  Note all courses are subject to change depending on what the Department is able to offer in any given year. All students will take the following core courses:

CR3025 Dissertation (Psychological focus)

PS2021 Cognitive Psychology

PS2061 Brain and Behaviour

Students will also choose options from the following (half from Criminology and half from Psychology)

Criminology courses

CR3005 - Crime, Media and Culture

CR3018- Risk, Insecurity and Terrorism (Part 1)

CR3019- Risk, Insecurity and Terrorism (Part 2)

CR3020 - Risk Insecurity and Terrorism 

CR3023- Prisons

CR3027 Drugs, Crime and Society

CR3028 Gender, Sexuality and Crime

CR3029 Sentencing and Penal Policy

CR3030 Victims and Witnesses

Psychology courses

PS3022 Language, Communication and Thought

PS3031 Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

PS3041 - Advanced Developmental Psychology

PS3050 - Health Psychology

PS3060 - Consciousness and Cognition

PS3061 - The Ageing Brain

PS3090 - Advanced and Applied Social Psychology

PS3110 - Adult Psychological Problems

PS3121 - Developmental Disorders

PS3131 - Human Neuropsychology

PS3151 - Occupational and Organisational Psychology

PS3171 - Human Performance: Work, Sport, and Medicine

PS3181 - Criminal and Forensic Psychology

PS3190- Educational Psychology

Teaching

Course units are taught mainly through lectures and seminars.  Seminar groups are usually small enough to allow an active exchange of ideas with your tutor and other students. Students take the equivalent of four course units a year, which means a commitment to eight hours formal engagement with academic staff and other students. Students are expected to spend at least a further thirty hours each week on private study in preparation for seminars and coursework. Courses are assessed by a combination of essays, end of year exams and, in the third year, a dissertation.

LLB Law  

This qualifying law degree (LLB) explores the fundamental principles of justice, equity and equality within the framework of English and European law. The LLB is designed for anyone looking to start a career in Law, whether as a barrister or a solicitor or for those who are interested in the legal system and the ways in which laws are made and upheld. 

The LLB will enhance your legal knowledge as well as your skills for critical analysis, public speaking, problem solving and decision making. 

Over the course of three years you will be required to take a total of 12 modules at the rate of 4 per year.

First Year

In the first year of the programme you will take four core modules:

The English Legal System, Methods and Legal Practice (Legal Skills) 

Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative and Human Rights Law) 

Criminal Law

The Law of Contracts

Second Year

In the second year you will take two core modules:

The Law of Torts

Land Law

You will also take two optional modules from options including:

Public International Law

The Law of Evidence

International and Comparative Human Rights Law

Third Year

European Union Law

Equity and Trusts

You will also take two optional modules from options including:

Advocacy and Court Practice

Medical Law

Company Law 

Optional Modules

Please note that option modules may be subject to change depending on what the School is able to offer in any given year.

Teaching

You will be taught mainly through lectures and seminars.  Seminar groups are usually small enough to allow an active exchange of ideas with your tutor and other students.

LLB Law with Criminology

The LLB Law with Criminology, launching in September 2017, is suitable for anyone looking to start a career in the legal profession. During the course of the programme you stull study explore the fundamental principles of justice, equity and equality within the framework of English and European law. You will also study the key principles of Criminology.

Throughout the programme you will take core modules from Law and Criminology and during the third year you will be able to take option modules from across the programmes allowing you to specialise in specific areas of interest to you.

First Year

In the first year of the programme you will be introduced to the key modules for both Law and Criminology and will take four core modules.

Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative and human Rights)

Law of Contract

The English Legal System (Methods and Legal Practice)

Introduction to Criminology

Second Year

During the second year you will develop your understanding of the key theories and debates within Criminology as well as taking further core modules for Law. You will study four core modules throughout the course of the year.

Land Law

The Law of Torts

Criminal Law

Key Perspectives and Debates in Criminology

Third Year

During the third year of the programme you will take two core units and then take a selection of optional courses up to the value of 60 credits with 30 credits from Law and 30 credits from Criminology.

Core modules

European Union Law

Equity and the Law of Trusts

Optional modules

Company Law

Medical Law

Advocacy and Court Practice

Dissertation

Law of Evidence

International and Comparative Human Rights Law

Public International Law

Family Law

Crime, Media and Culture

Risk, Insecurity and Terrorism (part 1)

Risk, Insecuirty and Terrorism (part 2)

Prisons

Drugs, Crime and Society

Gender, Sexuality and Crime

Setencing and Penal Policy

Victims and Witnesses

Please note that option modules may be subject to change depending on what the School is able to offer in any given year.

LLB Law with Sociology

The LLB Law with Sociology, launching in September 2017, will introduce you to the key concepts of Law and Sociology. Throughout the programme you will explore the fundamental principles of justice, equity and equality within the framework of English and European law. You will also review the key principles and theories within the sociological setting.

Throughout the programme you will take core modules from both Law and Sociology and during the second and third years you will also be able to take optional modules to specialise your areas of expertise.

First Year

During the first year you will take four year-long compulsory modules.

Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative and Human Rights)

Law of Contract

The English Legal Stystem (Methods and Legal Practice)

Introduction to Sociology

Second Year

During your second year you will take three year long Law modules and then you will have the option between two Sociology modules.

Core modules

Land Law

The Law of Torts

Criminal Law

Optional modules

Sociology of Contemporary Society

Research Methods for Social Scientists AND Data Analysis for Social Scientists

Third Year

During the third year you will take two core law units and then take optional units up to a total of 60 credits with 30 credits from Sociology and 30 credits from Law.

Core modules

European Union Law

Equity and Law of Trusts

Optional modules

Company Law

Medical Law

Advocacy and Court Practice

Dissertation

Law of Evidence

International and Comparative Human Rights Law

Public International Law

Family Law

Crime, Media and Culture

Sociology of Health and Illness (part 1)

Sociology of Health and Illness (part 2)

Youth in Society: Deviance and Delinquency

Youth in Society: Culture, Subculture and Transgression

Children, Society and Risk

Lost in Music

Please note that option modules may be subject to change depending on what the School is able to offer in any given year.

 

 


 

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