Criminology and Law 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Our Law and Criminology programme provides a strong foundation for those interested in developing their understanding of, and building towards a career in, criminal justice and related areas.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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UCAS code: M930

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Course Overview

Keele's research experience in these fields will enable you to study relevant and research-led modules from each discipline to build an intellectually exciting programme that wil encourage you to think critically about the world.

You will explore questions such as: what are the relationships between the courts and other branches of criminal justice? How does the law influence policing, the prison system or the rehabilitation of offenders? How can criminal justice agencies both punish offenders and uphold their human rights? Alongside studying a variety of perspectives on law and developing your legal skills, you'll also develop a strong understanding of crime, its relationship to society, and the criminal justice system. You'll learn about the crime and official and unofficial responses to it. 

What will this mean for my future?

You will have the opportunity to take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing, and to work as a Community Legal Companion, within the innovative CLOCK programme pioneered at Keele. You may also be able to apply for opportunities to gain hands-on experience through volunteering in the community and/or work experience with external agencies who work in criminal justice or resettlement. These opportunities will strengthen and diversify your skills, experience and your CV. 

You may choose a career in local or national government, the voluntary sector, in the police, probation or prison services, in social work and community care, crime reduction and community safety, or in occupations concerned with the regulation of the environment, public health, financial services and the tax and benefits system.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice
  • Legal Skills
  • Public Law 1: Constitutional Law
  • Public Law 2: Administrative Law

Second year

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Contacts
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Introduction to Public International Law

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • State Crimes and Crimes against Humanity
  • Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanors
  • Child Law

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Criminology - A minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Criminology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

At Levels 4 and 5 you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Criminology achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.
Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Criminology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 At level 6 you MUST take a minimum of 45 in credits in Criminology achieved by taking at least three optional modules. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Criminology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

In year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects.

 

Law - A summary of the total credit requirements (60) per year for Law only is as follows. Bear in mind you will take a total of 120 credits in 8 modules in each academic year. (You need a minimum of 90 subject credits - compulsory plus optional - each year across both of your Principal Subjects. The other 30 credits may be in subject related modules or elective modules in other disciplines.) This document has information about Law modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory in Law

Optional in Law

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

0

45

60

0

15

3

0

45

60

0

15

 

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Criminology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Understanding Crime

15

Psychology and Crime

15

Criminal Justice: Process, Policy, Practice

15

Murder

15

   

Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives

15

   

Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination

15

 

Law Year 1 (level 4)

Students on this Combined Honours programme take two set core Law modules in semester 1 (Legal Skills and Public Law 1) and two modules as required by their other Principal Subject programme. In semester 2, students take Legal Systems and Public Law 2 plus two modules as required by their other principal subject programme.

One benefit of this arrangement is that if you change your mind at the end of Level 4 (Year 1) and decide that you would prefer to pursue a Single Honours degree in Law, you may seek a transfer to that programme in the second year if you wish (when you will be able to study the Tort modules that you will have missed in Level 4 (Year 1)). Bear in mind, however, that any such application to transfer to the Single Honours Law Programme after original entry to Combined Honours is at the discretion of the Law School. You must make formal application in the Spring semester of Level 4 (Year 1) when your request will be considered by the Admissions Tutor in the Law School. Please note that your performance in Level 4 (Year 1) in your other Principal Subject will be one factor to be considered.

In Law: Compulsory

Credits

Compulsory/Optional/Elective in subject 2

Credits

Legal Skills

15

Module 1

15

Public Law 1: Constitutional Law

15

Module 2

15

Legal Systems

15

Module 3

15

Public Law 2: Administrative Law

15

Module 4

15

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Criminology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Crime and Justice in a Global Context

15

Mental Health and Offending

15

Research Methods in Criminology*

15

Working for Justice

15

   

Policing and the Police

15

   

Communities and Crime

15

 

* Students taking Criminology as one of their combined honours subjects must take the compulsory module in each semester. However, due to significant similarities between the year two Research Methods modules in Criminology and Sociology, students studying Criminology and Sociology must choose only one year two Research Methods module. This can be from either discipline but students are advised to consider this in connection with the ISP module they anticipate selecting in year three. Students should replace the other research methods module with an optional module from either discipline offered in the same semester.

 

Law Year 2 (Level 5)

At Level 5 (Year 2), students take four modules in Law and four modules as required by the other Principal Subject.

In Law:

Optional

Credits

Law option 1

15

Law option 2

15

Law option 3

15

Law option 4 or elective module

15

   

Optional modules in Law may include:

 

Land Law 1

15

Contract 1

15

Criminal Law 1

15

Land Law 2

15

Contract 2

15

Criminal Law 2

15

Controversies in Intellectual Property Law

15

Introduction to Public International Law

15

Law and Emotion

15

Law and Ethics

15

Law in Action

15

Law, Science and Society

15

Lawyers in Society

15

Family Law

15

Mental Health Law

15

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Criminology Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation for Criminology

30

Popular Culture and Crime

15

Prisons and Imprisonment

15

Risk and Criminal Justice

15

Environmental Crimes

15

Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours

15

Living with ‘Aliens’: Immigration, Crime and Social Control

15

Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Desistance from Crime

15

The Politics and Cultures of the Death Penalty in the 21st Century

15

Criminology Work Placement

30

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the School of Social Science and Public Policy, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Criminology such as Sociology, Psychology, and Law.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as English, History, Politics or International Relations.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Freestanding modules in subjects of general interest including ethics, contemporary religions and the politics, society and culture of some of Britain’s European neighbours.
  • Freestanding modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

More information about electives is available online: http://www.keele.ac.uk/electives/

Law Year 3 (Level 6)

At Level 6 (Year 3), students take four modules in Law and four modules as required by the other Principal Subject.

Students have opportunity to study a range of modern foreign languages at different levels, including up to University Certificate level by opting for elective modules in a particular language.

At Level 6 (Year 3), as part of your 120 credits, you will also be expected to take at least one Independent Study Project (ISP). Depending upon your degree this will be offered to you as either a compulsory or option module. You should discuss your ISP choices with your School(s).

In Law:

In Law: Optional/Elective

Credits

Law option 1

15

Law option 2

15

Law option 3

15

Law option 4 or elective module

15

   

Optional modules in Law may include:

 

Business Leases

15

Child Law

15

Commercial Law

15

Company Law

15

Dissertation (single module)

15

Dissertation (double module)

30

Employment Law

15

Evidence

15

Gender, Sexuality and Law

15

Healthcare Law

15

International Human Rights

15

Jurisprudence

15

Law and New Technology

15

Transnational Crime

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az

Modules - Year Four