Criminology with Offender Management*

BA (Hons)

Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: LM39
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

This is one of the only awards in the country that has been specifically designed to prepare students for work in offender management and community rehabilitation.

* This course is subject to validation.

This course offers the opportunity to study traditional criminology with the additional option to specialise in penology and offender management. The prison population has doubled in size over the last twenty years and critics argue that offender management has never been so challenging.

This course provides exciting new modules for people interested in criminology and crime, however the course offers a pathway for people with an interest in prisons and punishment, mental well-being and offender management. The course is one of the first of its kind to offer modules dedicated to mental assessment for non-mental health professionals and identifying suicide and self-harm.

We provide our students with the opportunity to concentrate on traditional themes - to further understand the past, the present and to consider what might happen in the future.

On this course, we take a practical approach and combine academic research with analysis. We arrange for our students to interact with our partner organisations, such as HMP Dovegate and HMP Stafford. Prison staff will take an active role on the course, delivering lectures and feedback; providing the perfect opportunity to develop vital work-based skills.

We encourage you to think about why people break the law and what the state does with them. You will apply criminological theories to workplace settings such as prisons or community rehabilitation services.

Our course will be one of the first in the country that has modules covering topics such as serial killers and child abuse as stand-alone modules.

Many of our modules will be delivered in conjunction with the School of Life Sciences and Education and will address the demand for people in the industry who are required to be alert to these phenomena. All students who successfully complete the award and meet additional criteria are guaranteed a job interview with Serco Custodial Services.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Criminology with Offender Management

Course content

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest.

You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue.

We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Crime in Context Compulsory
Employability and Study Skills Compulsory
Law in Society Compulsory
Prisons and Punishment Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Crime in Context Compulsory
Employability and Study Skills Compulsory
Addictions Compulsory
Prisons and Punishment Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Urban Criminological Concepts Compulsory
Criminology Compulsory
Practical Research Compulsory
Community Policing and Public Order Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Urban Criminological Concepts Compulsory
Criminology Compulsory
Identifying Suicide and Self-Harm Compulsory
Community Policing and Public Order Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Offender Management Compulsory
Criminal Justice and Punishment Compulsory
Serial Killers Compulsory
Community Justice Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Offender Management Compulsory
Criminal Justice and Punishment Compulsory
Child Abuse Compulsory
Mental Assessment for non-mental Health Professions Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by experienced practitioners who have worked in the justice sector. Members of the team have taught prison officers and work in partnership with staff at prisons in the Midlands. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.