Criminology and Philosophy 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Criminology and Philosophy.

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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Course Overview

 For the Criminology element of your course, you will learn from criminological researchers who specialise in areas such as policing, prisons and community justice, systems of justice and of punishment. Criminology is a rapidly developing field which draws on insights and methods from disciplines such as law, social science, cultural studies and psychology to explore crime, crime control and justice from a range of perspectives. You will examine such issues as the impact of crime on society and on its victims. You will be able to gain insights into how society responds to crime through systems of crime control, the workings of our criminal justice institutions, as well as through media representations. You will gain a critical understanding and detailed insight into the politics and development of criminal justice policy. You will learn about the nature and causes of crime and offending and also explore the methods used to collect and analyse criminological data, which are vital skills for a future career in criminal justice.

For the Philosophy element of the course, you will explore central themes such as moral philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy, considering key philosophical problems and the various solutions proposed. You’ll learn about past and present approaches to philosophy, especially where associated with particular movements and methodologies. You’ll enhance your logical and critical thinking skills, developing the use of sound arguments while detecting fallacies and other argumentative weaknesses. Keele has a thriving student led Philosophy Society, and the programme engages widely with other universities, especially through its Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series.

What will this mean for my future?

Whilst studying Criminology at Keele you may 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. A Criminology degree from Keele opens up a wide range of career options in the fields of crime reduction, offender rehabilitation or community safety. It provides an entry to further study or training to allow you to work as a probation officer, social worker, youth worker, prison officer or a solicitor. You can also aspire to work in areas such as victim support, penal reform and advocacy, the courts or in local or central government.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. This course provides a superb grounding in understanding the way people think and approach problems, which is why philosophy has one of the best records for graduate employment among non-vocational degrees. You will possess highly developed skills in critical thinking and exploring multiple approaches to problem solving, both of which are highly prized by employers. You could pursue a huge range of careers, or continue to further study. You might go into education, the law, finance, government, publishing, the media or the arts, or information management, for example.

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.

 

Philosophy - Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Philosophy. In years 1 and 2 this is 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 Philosophy optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

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

 

Philosophy Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

10 Problems of Philosophy

15

Ancient Philosophy

15

How to Think

15

Continental Philosophy

15

   

Moral Philosophy

15

   

Justice, Authority and Power

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.

 

Philosophy Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Pursuit of the Good

15

Philosophy of Religion

15

Epistemology and Metaphysics I

15

Philosophy of Mind

15

   

Philosophy of Science

15

   

Freedom and Equality

15

   

Work Experience in Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment

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/

Philosophy Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

None

 

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

   

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Philosophy in your final year, you will study the following modules:

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

 

In addition to the programme-approved elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules that are offered as part of other programmes in SPIRE and across the University. These include:

 

  • Modules in other subjects related to Philosophy such as Psychology and Sociology.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as English, History, Politics, International Relations, or the Environment.
  • 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, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.
  • Elective modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme, employability skills and personal development.

 

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