Subject details

This subject will focus on developing each student’s own Personal Professional Practice Framework: the combined abilities, competencies, and patterns of practice that reflect the student’s values and knowledge-in-action as it is being acquired and applied. The subject fosters ongoing reflective practice of each student and considers the place of the individual in the professional workplace, including the range of professional cultures to which they must be to able adapt, strategies for self-care and techniques for acquiring further knowledge and skills as their career progresses. In summary, the subject aims:

  1. To actively prepare students for their entry into the professional workplace.
  2. To develop the students’ ability to reflect upon professional practice.
  3. To assist and encourage students to begin to develop a questioning, analytical, critical and self-evaluative approach towards their professional duties and professional tasks.
  4. To provide students with the opportuntiy to reflectively consider the methods of 'self-care' required for long-term resilience within the criminal justice profession.
  • Topics
    • Careers in criminology I
    • Job search activities
    • Resume writing
    • Selection criteria and letters of application
    • Interviews for employment
    • Organisational structures
    • Accountability and legitimacy and culture
    • Self care and resilience
    • Communicating for different audiences
    • Professional development plan
    • Careers in criminology II
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements


Level 3 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Please note: Students who have started the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice before 2017 do not have to do this subject as a core, but can do the subject as one of their electives.

This subject is designed to enable students to relate what they have already learned about key concepts underlying the criminology and criminal justice systems to the kinds of careers available to them upon graduation. Participation in this degree will require that students develop a broad understanding of the kinds of jobs available in the range of workplaces employing criminology and criminal justice graduates and of the knowledge and skills they demand. It will also mean that students will need to develop and articulate awareness of their own strengths and of the kinds of contributions they are best equipped to make. This degree focusses on career development, linking theory and practice and reflective thinking skills. It is therefore relevant for all students, including those with extensive work experience.

  • Assignment 1 - Structured reflection (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Reflective Journal (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Presentation (30%)

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

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