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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Criminology careers and how to get one
    • Developing arguments/thinking critically
    • Supporting arguments: Sources of information
    • Study Skills
    • Academic Integrity and Referencing
    • Essays & Arguments
    • What makes a good essay?
    • The writing process
    • Communication
    • Exam Preparation
    • Planning your university experience
    • Exploring career options
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

After successfully completing this subject students will be able to:

  1. Identify a broad range of careers open to graduates of criminology and criminal justice programs, and be aware of strategies that can assist you in entering the career of your choice.
  2. Understand the professional and academic skills needed for success, and to have developed your own skills in key areas.
  3. Identify the main sources that contribute to our knowledge and understanding of crime and the criminal process
  4. Engage in a reasoned evaluation of the quality of criminological source material, and to use that material to structure a logical and reasoned argument.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of when, and how, to provide references and avoid plagiarism
  6. Show improvement in your ability to plan, research and write in clear, correct English.
  7. Understand the key principles of effective verbal communication and teamwork.
  • Assignment 1 - Skills audit exercise (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay outline (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Written Assignment (30%)
  • Assignment 4 - Presentation (20%)
  • Assignment 5 - Referencing quiz (10%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject covers the range of practical and academic skills necessary to see students through their criminology and criminal justice undergraduate degree and beyond into the workplace. It introduces students to the different careers open to them as criminal justice professionals, the things that they will need to be able to undertake in order to study criminology and criminal justice, to perform well in assessment, and to become competent in searching for, and evaluating, criminological materials. The subject begins with a consideration of the key skills necessary for a successful career in criminology and criminal justice. Thereafter, the degree is divided into two main parts. Part 1 introduces students to the main source materials commonly used in the study of criminology and criminal justice. The aim is to get students to start to think critically about where information about crime and the criminal process comes from, how to find it and how to evaluate it. Part 2 aims to help students to strengthen the ways in which they approach their studies in criminology and criminal justice. Here, a key focus is on how to address effectively different forms of assessment and how to fulfill the academic requirements of the study of criminology and criminal justice. The subject concludes with some reflections on how students might put their criminological skills to best use in their degree program and in professional life. Throughout the subject, an emphasis is placed on practical activities. This is based on an understanding that students learn best by doing things and by practising their skills.

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