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Criminology with Psychology BA (Hons) Modules

The first year focuses on providing a foundation across all aspects of criminology and criminal justice which will be developed in the second and third years. Modules such as; Introduction to Criminology, Punishment and Society and Victimology provide a theoretical underpinning that is applied to crime and criminal justice issues.

In psychology you will focus on a range of different perspectives to gain a broad understanding of the discipline. In the first year you will gain a foundation across core areas, with a focus on personality and social psychology in the second year. In the final year you will be offered a wide range of optional modules such as:

  • Criminological and Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology and Education
  • Psychology of Addiction

First year

  • Introduction to Criminology - an introduction to theories which explain crime and the response to it, making links between theory, policy and practice
  • 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 describing what criminological research is, and ends with an example of how research underpins specific practices in the criminal justice system
  • The Criminal Justice System and its Legislative Context - an overview of the processes, policies and organisational values of agencies in the criminal justice system and those working in partnership to address crime
  • Core Areas of Psychology - introduces you to the discipline of psychology, an overview of five core areas: biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology

Second year

  • Research for Effective Practice - understanding the relationship between research, theory, policy and practice, an overview of methods of research and development of critical analysis skills
  • Crime, Risk and Community Safety - the impact of crime on communities, aims of community safety and examining risk-based approaches to deal with victims and offenders
  • Punishment and Society - considers theories of punishment and the historical, social and political context of punishment in England and Wales
  • Personality and Intelligence - evaluates theories and research on a range of personality issues and perspectives, and the development of intelligence theory and research
  • Social Psychology - the emergence, scope and status of social psychology and its contribution to our understanding of human behaviour

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

Third year

  • Dissertation - supports you to undertake a major piece of work on an area of policy and practice in the field of community and criminal justice
  • Young People and the Criminal Justice System - explores why young people are seen as a problem, the welfare vs justice debate and its role in contemporary youth justice policy
  • Critical Criminology - discusses political and practical approaches to crime control, crime prevention and crime reduction

Elective modules:

  • Criminological and Forensic Psychology - biological and psychological theories of crime, serious crime and mental disorder, witness memory, expert testimony and children as witnesses
  • Counselling Psychology - introduces students to the basic principles of counselling practice and the major psychological theories underpinning the practice of individual and group counselling
  • Cyberpsychology - covers all aspects of human interaction with technology, with a focus on the impact of cyberspace and the Internet on individual and group behaviour

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