Criminology And Youth Studies – BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

In this degree you’ll explore the fundamentals of criminological theory, youth work and social problems in order to discover the relationship between youth and crime. The teaching staff have the professional experience necessary to help you learn this specialist knowledge.

A work placement is also available to give you hands-on experience and skills. Successfully complete the course and you could enter a career in the Criminal Justice System, the National Probation Service, the Youth Justice Board, welfare rights and another profession surrounding youth crime.

More about this course

Learn the facts behind the headlines that portray young people negatively in their relation to crime, and prepare for a career path where you can make a difference. On this undergraduate course you’ll gain an understanding of the relationship between youth studies, social problems and media perspectives.

Current staff on this degree include ex-probation professionals and specialist researchers into youth crime. This means you’ll receive high quality lectures and seminars from industry experts. With this level of academic training, you’ll be well prepared for specialist employment.

The work based learning placement will introduce you to the real world of youth crime, giving you valuable experience in preparation for your own career. It is this hands-on experience that will help you stand out when you complete your degree.

Whether you want to work for the Youth Justice Board, the National Probation Service or undertake further research, this undergraduate degree sets you up for an exciting career focused around crime and youth culture.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to Working with Young People (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to criminological and sociological theory (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to social problems (core, 30 credits)

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core, 30 credits)

Researching Crime and Deviance (core, 30 credits)

Researching Social Life (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Measuring and Interpreting Crime (core, 30 credits)

Youth Resistance and Social Control (core, 15 credits)

Crime in Context (alternative core, 30 credits)

Racism and Ethnicity (alternative core, 30 credits)

Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)

Development for Employment (option, 30 credits)

Perspectives on Policing (option, 30 credits)

Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Criminology Project (core, 30 credits)

Crime Control and Penology (alternative core, 30 credits)

Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (alternative core, 30 credits)

Criminology Work Experience (option, 15 credits)

Gender and Sexuality (option, 30 credits)

Human Rights and Conflict (option, 15 credits)

Religion and the State (option, 15 credits)

Rethinking Childhood and Children’s Lives in Education and Schooling (option, 30 credits)

Serious and Serial Offenders (option, 15 credits)

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (option, 15 credits)

Victims and Crime (option, 15 credits)

Where this course can take you

Successful completion of this undergraduate course offers you improved career opportunities in youth work and similar areas of the Criminal Justice System, the National Probation Service, the police, the Youth Justice Board, housing welfare, education, charitable institutions and more. Examples of the roles graduates have secured include Substance Misuse Officer and Sessional Play Service Coordinator. Others have gone on to work at Central Care and Sutton Mencap.

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