CRI-40030 - Advanced Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module block consists of sessions on topics proposed by students themselves, as well as sessions based on individual staff members& and dissertation supervisors& expertise [e.g.: a) comparative, international and transitional criminal justice; b) community safety; c) regulation, governance and penology; d) cultural and critical criminology; e) discrimination, exclusion, and crime; f) psycho-social criminology]. The aim of the module block is to help and support students to delineate topics and research problematics which they will then go on to explore in their module block essay and, if they wish so, in their dissertation.

To build on students acquired knowledge and understanding of current developments in criminology or criminal justice by allowing them to determine a number of problems and issues which they believe need in-depth exploration.
To allow students to contribute to the in-depth exploration of particular topics and issues in criminology and criminal justice and governance more broadly
To provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of a number of areas of expertise in the field of criminology and criminal justice and governance studies more broadly

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the disciplines studying crime and criminal justice and determine basic problems for further exploration: 1
delineate, within one of a number of specialised fields in criminology, criminal justice and governance studies more broadly, a problematic for further exploration in essay and/or dissertation: 1
demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in a chosen specialism within the study od crime and criminal justice: 1
deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences: 1

Study hours

18 contact hours (12 x 1,5 hours delivered in an intensive three day 'block')
52 hours of structured directed tasks (formative exercise, essay and coursework supervision)
70 hours of session preparation
80 hours essay preparation
80 hours independent study

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Description of Module Assessment