Careers in Criminology - SOCI4120

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Emma Cooke checkmark-circle


The module will begin by outlining the different roles within the criminal justice system often occupied by those with criminology degrees, as well as encouraging students to explore more widely the areas in which criminological skills can be useful, including working in third sector organisations, for government departments, non-governmental organisations and research institutions. The potential for criminology to be used to bring about political, change for example through activism, or to contribute to civic responsibilities, for example via voluntary work, will also be addressed in relation to the concept of public criminology. In the second half of the module, much time will be devoted to bringing in external speakers working in the roles outlined above to talk about their work and the key issues they are currently facing. Seminars will be used to complement the contributions of external speakers, by familiarising students with academic research on criminological roles and occupations. The external speakers invited to contribute to the module may vary considerably over time, but the underlying aim – to encourage students to think about employability and how they might use their criminology degree in the future – will remain constant.


Contact hours

Private Study: 128 hours
Contact Hours: 22 hours
Total: 150 hours


Compulsory to the following courses: BA Hons Criminology
Optional to the following courses: Criminology joint degree students
Also available as an elective module: Yes

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework - Reflective piece (500 words): 20%
Coursework - case study report (2000 words): 80% - PASS COMPULSORY

Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate familiarity with a range of roles within and associated to the criminal justice system, as well as key issues for those occupying such roles
8.2 Demonstrate robust understanding of the workings of specific agencies of criminology and criminal justice
8.3 Demonstrate understanding of the ways in which criminologists work to address crime, criminal behaviour, social problems and individual needs
8.4 Evaluate the outcomes of criminal justice, crime prevention and social policy intervention on individuals and communities
8.5 Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between criminology and political change

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Conduct basic research by using library e-journals and other on-line resources.
9.2 Demonstrate basic skills in regard to the organisation of information in a clear and coherent manner.
9.3 Demonstrate a reflective approach in their work
9.4 Develop skills in time management by delivering academic work on time and to the required standard


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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