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Criminal Investigation with Policing Studies BA (Hons) Modules

The programme consists of two pathways:

  • Contemporary Policing
  • Criminal Investigation

Contemporary Policing - will enable you to progress to employment within the police service and to manage operational and critical incidents, or follow similar roles within public and private law enforcement agencies and within the criminal justice system.

Criminal Investigation - will prepare you to become an investigator in the police service or employed as an investigator - such as an intelligence officer, in other law enforcement or regulatory agencies.

First year

  • Researching Crime and Justice - an introduction to the core concepts of how we understand the world around us, and the role of research in criminal justice practices. The module begins by descirbing what criminological research is, and ends with an example of how research underpins specific practices in the criminal justice system
  • Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context - examines the roles of the various agencies that constitute to the criminal justice system, their relationship and impact upon offenders, victims and society
  • Introduction to Criminology - explores the field of criminology, including its emergence as one of the dominant fields within the applied social sciences. It considers questions about crime, its measurement and study to help you develop a strong understanding of the key elements of criminology. Different explanations for crime and criminal behaviour will be applied to inform contemporary developments and debates
  • The Profession of Policing - explores the origins and different approaches to policing before moving on to study decision-making in operational policing, public order policing and criminal investigation 

In the second year, all students study the following modules and select two of the electives illustrated below. The final additional module is dependent upon the pathway selected.

Second Year

  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (I) - these are linked modules that develop throughout the final two years and examine concepts, debates and decision-making around topical areas within four themes; policing 21st century UK, policing vulnerable groups, doing policing and microscope on policing
  • Researching for Effective Practice - this is a preparatory module for the final year dissertation and studies the identification of research questions, research strategy, various research methods and research ethics with particular regard to conducting research into the police and the criminal justice system
  • Chose two Electives - options currently include;

    • Essentials of Forensic Investigation - this module provides an introduction to the field of forensic science; it aims to consider the different branches of forensic science and the skills associated with crime scene investigation and evidence recovery
    • Domestic Abuse - this module considers the changing social, political and legal recognition of abuse and violence which occurs within intimate relationships and its impact
    • Mental Health and Crime - this module introduces students to ‘mental health’, particularly in the context of criminal justice, including topics such as; personality disorder; young people and mental health; diversion; sex offenders and mental health; victims and mental health; mentally disordered offenders and their management; policing mental health;, dual diagnosis and substance misuse
    • Drugs, Substance Use and Crime - this module explores the varying context and changing nature of drugs, alcohol, substance use and crime. The module focuses on exploring the social context of drugs, alcohol and substance use [primarily but not exclusively] in the UK and how it is controlled and managed in various settings with a focus on the criminal justice system. Links are made between theoretical approaches, evidenced-based research in the field, and the impact on policy and practice for different groups in society.  The advent of globalisation is also a feature of the module.
    • Religion, Faith and Crime - this module compares different faith-based approaches in the community and criminal justice sector. The module also enables students to develop their understanding of the role of faith and religion in relation to offending.

The range of elective modules available are subject to change and are dependent on student numbers enrolled and could be withdrawn without prior notice due to limited numbers.

Year 2 pathway options include;

Contemporary Policing pathway

  • Critical Incident Management and Leadership (I) - these are linked modules that develop throughout the final two years and examine concepts, debates and decision-making around topical areas within four themes; background and context, slow-burning critical incidents, low-level critical incidents, and planned responses

Criminal Investigation pathway

  • Investigative Management and Leadership (I) - these are linked modules that develop throughout the final two years and examine concepts, debates and decision-making around topical areas within four themes; theory and context, volume crime, forensic science, and major enquiries 

Similarly, in the third year, all students study the following modules plus one additional module depending upon the pathway selected.

Third Year

  • Multi-Agency Working - considers the development and theoretical context of multi-agency working and what this means for local community working, public protection and wider partnership collaboration
  • Dissertation - this is a 10,000 word structured piece of writing based upon a research study that can inform evidence-based policing
  • Leadership and Management of Contemporary Issues in Policing (II) - this is the second part of the linked module that examines concepts, debates and decision-making around topical areas within four themes; policing 21st century UK, policing vulnerable groups, doing policing, and microscope on policing.

Contemporary Policing pathway

  • Critical Incident Management and Leadership (II)

Criminal Investigation pathway

  • Investigative Management and Leadership (II)
 
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