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Criminology with Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Overview

Partners in crime

Why do people commit crimes? How does the criminal mind work? In a world increasingly fascinated by the nature of crime and justice, this degree offers a contemporary view of crime and criminal justice within the context of the scientific study of human thought and behaviour.

We provide the practical experience employers demand - career areas include: probation, policing, the prison service, NGOs, local authorities, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, teaching, social work and administration.

We guarantee all undergraduate Home/EU students a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

Why Criminology with Psychology at LSBU?

You'll be taught by research-active academics whose work is nationally and internationally recognised and informs the course curriculum.
No.2 London University overall in Criminology (Guardian League Table, 2018).
Our courses in this field provide the practical experience employers demand - career areas include: probation, policing, the prison service, NGOs, local authorities, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, teaching, social work and administration.
Graduates can apply for postgraduate courses, such as MSc Criminology and Social Research Methods, MSc Development Studies and MSc Refugee Studies.
Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.
Enhance your employability by taking part in our volunteering programme which covers a range of criminal justice-related agencies.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

You'll have the opportunity to refine your cognitive, analytical, critical, and research skills, and to translate these into research practice in the field of criminology and psychology. This course covers:

  • criminal justice
  • psychological approaches
  • politics and policy
  • policing
  • social behaviours
  • penal theory and policy
  • youth crime
  • drugs and crime
  • genocide

Methods of assessment for course overall: 67% coursework.

Year 1

  • Introduction to criminological theory
    This module introduces you to key criminological theories. You'll examine the principal conceptual differences between these theories and how such concepts have been applied in the form of substantive research and policy. 
  • Issues in crime
    This module presents you with a range of distinct contemporary criminological issues and focuses on the ways in which fears and concerns about crime and the criminal justice system are related to issues such as governance, social exclusion and racial inequality. You'll engage with a range of different theories and learn how to appreciate how each relates to a specific issues. 
  • Criminal justice, politics and social policy
    This module provides a framework for examining the development of the criminal justice system and the general construction of the crime problem in the period from 1780s until the 1930s. It blends a discussion of institutional development with a socio-historical analysis of changing problems of crime. By examining criminological issues within a specific  political, historical and intellectual context this module provides a valuable underpinning for a range of modules in the programme. 
  • Deconstructing the crime problem
    What is crime? How and to what extent is the crime problem dispersed throughout contemporary British society? What do we know about current levels of crime in the UK and how do these compare historically?  These are some of the key questions addressed in this module which aims to introduce you to the basic anatomy of the crime problem. In addition to addressing specific questions concerning trends in different types of crime and social distribution of crime across society, you'll be encouraged to think about these issues in terms of broader social trends and relations.
  • Introducing psychological approaches
    You'll be introduced to the study of psychology, first by discussing its conceptual underpinnings and historical development, then topics related to living in the world as biological, learning and feeling beings.  Block 1 focuses on the philosophical foundations of Psychology, its status as a science and current identity, while Block 2 deals with evolutionary theory and the relationship of the brain to behaviour. Block 3 considers learning and Block 4 emotions from biological, psychological and social perspectives. The module provides the knowledge-base necessary for advanced study at level 5 and also the development of skills relating to factual learning, i.e., accessing, organising, assimilating and revising information. This module will help students develop skills relating to MCQ assessments. (The sister module in semester 2 will focus on communication and essay assessments.) 
  • Exploring psychological approaches

Year 2

  • Penal theory, policy and practice
    This module examines penal theory and practice in a theoretical, comparative and historical way, and engages critically with the theoretical justifications and policy proposals for punishment. The first part of this module examines the philosophical and historical bases of punishment in general and the prison in particular. The module focuses strongly on how the term crisis has been used to describe almost every aspect of the penal system. In particular it examines the background and current contexts of the crisis. The course also reflects on the concepts of 'place', 'space' and 'time' as sources of suffering and emphasises the significance of vulnerability and imprisonment. The course critically evaluates the future promise of the penal system through an examination of the issue of the privatisation of punishment and its role in future penal policy. 
  • Issues in contemporary policing
    This module offers an insight into key issues in contemporary policing. The module develops the student's understanding of the concepts of 'policing' and 'the police'. It explores a number of issues including: the historical origins of contemporary policing; the legitimacy of policing; police culture(s); the policing of private and public order; the privatisation of policing functions; the growth of transnational policing, together with an analysis of the significance of a human rights agenda for twenty-first century policing. It also considers the implications of globalisation for policing both on an organisational and conceptual level. Underlying such discussions is a critical focus on protection through a critical appreciation of the police function and role. 
  • Social research skills 2
    This module introduces students to the basics of qualitative research methodologies.  Students learn about central philosophical questions in the philosophy of the social sciences and how they relate to the qualitative/quantitative distinction.  Students are taught a range of qualitative data collection techniques ranging from interviews to archival research.  They are also introduced to different qualitative analytic techniques.  Finally they are made aware of the ethical issues that are specific to qualitative research.  Students are taught through lectures and workshops where they apply the principles to specific research questions.
  • Social research skills 1
    In the first half of this module students are introduced to basic issues in research design and methodology.  Topics covered include experimental design and random assignment, formulating research questions sampling and measurement.   In the second half of the module they learn the basics of statistical analysis and how to use SPSS. 
  • Psychology of feelings
    This module provides you with the opportunity to explore the interdependence between feelings and human behaviour.  The module is organised into three distinct themes, relationships, mood and sensations. Two introductory sessions will be used to recap and consolidate material at level 4 and provide a knowledge base upon which the rest of the module will build.   Then, within each theme a range of topics will be explored (see indicative content below), drawing on theory and research from biological, developmental, evolutionary, cross-cultural, cognitive and atypical psychology. Individual differences will be a key perspective in this module. 
  • Psychology of behaviour with others
    You'll be given the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how and why we behave in the ways we do when in the presence of other humans. The module focuses on those approaches that have been used to examine a) whether we are social beings and why, b) what the 'social' brain looks like, c) how social behaviours develop across the lifespan, d) which mechanisms have been used to explain how we interact with the implied, real or imagined presence of others, e) how culture affects our social interactions, and f) how group membership affects our social behaviours.

Year 3

  • Gender, crime and justice
    An understanding of both masculinities and femininities is central to this module. Drawing on feminist perspectives in criminological theory as well as more mainstream theoretical accounts, this module evaluates the evidence, which indicates that patterns of offending, victimisation and the workings of the main criminal justice agencies are gendered. The module also transgresses traditional debates in this area by considering a human rights perspective for the study of gender and crime. 
  • Crime, criminology and modernity
    This module examines the emergence and development of criminology as an academic discipline in the context of the development of the human sciences and governmental needs of societies in the modern period. Whilst its main emphasis is on intellectual development It also explores how and in what ways such ideas come to be embodied in governmental policy, how this process transforms them and the conditions under which they decline both intellectually and in their application. 
  • Criminology research project (double module) 

Plus two optional modules from a range of psychology modules

Employability

Career opportunities

Students take part in voluntary work in the police service, the prison service, legal advice, victim support, domestic violence and child abuse agencies, youth offending and youth mentoring schemes. Many prefer to work for the police or criminal justice services, where there are countless opportunities to help the community with plenty of room for specialisation. 

A humanities degree also has the real advantage of opening up careers in a number of professions such as teaching, social work, administration and higher level education. Other graduates have forged exciting careers in research, public relations, advertising, retail, management and media-related work.

Career roles

One popular role is as a probation officer working with offenders before, during and after they are sentenced. Possessing a great deal of patience, strong spoken communication skills and a non-judgemental attitude, a probation officer can be very rewarding work. A qualified probation officer can earn between £28,000-£35,000. (National Careers Service)

The police service also offers a wide variety of long-term opportunities providing a two-year probationary period is completed. Salaries after 5 years can be up to £30,000. (BBC News)

If you are willing to take further training, then social work is another alternative. Social Workers provide support and assistance to many individuals, families and groups, from the homeless to people with learning and physical disabilities. It's possible to earn up to £25,000 once qualified. (National Careers Service)

Career progression

The academic strength of our programmes has allowed many graduates to continue onto postgraduate degrees and academic research. We offer a number of applied postgraduate courses (heavily linked to the Department's nationally and internationally recognised research activities).

Postgraduate taught courses include:

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Prof. Ian Albery

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences

Ian Albery is Professor of Psychology and Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Rashid Aziz

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Rashid Aziz is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences, School of Law and Social Sciences.


Dr Zoë Boden

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology

Zoë Boden is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology.


Dr Matthew Bond

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Course Director, Sociology

Dr Matthew Bond is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and Course Director of the Sociology undergraduate programme.


Dr Daniel Frings

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor

Daniel Frings is an Associate Professor of Psychology.


Dr Hillary Katz

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Hillary Katz is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr Christine Magill

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Chris Magill is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law and Social Sciences and Course Director for the MSc in Criminology and Social Research Methods.


Prof. Antony Moss

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science; Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences

Antony Moss is Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science and Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Elizabeth Newton

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth Newton is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Prof. Paula Reavey

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Applied Sciences

Paula Ravey is Professor of Psychology and Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Federica Rossi

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Rossi is a Lecturer in Criminology. She teaches Criminology, Sociology and Political Science, with particular interest in the criminalisation of political movements, political violence, terrorism, victims.


Edwin Shaw

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Lecturer in Criminology and Politics

Edwin is a Lecturer in the Social Sciences Division, teaching and conducting research in politics and criminology.


Dr James Smith-Spark

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor; Deputy Head of Psychology

Jamie Smith-Spark is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Deputy Head of the Division of Psychology.


Dr Shaminder Takhar

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor in Sociology

Dr Shaminder Takhar is Associate Professor in Sociology specialising in race, gender, sexuality and social justice. She is the research ethics co-ordinator for the School of Law and Social Sciences.


Dr Eleni Vangeli

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, Undergraduate Psychology

Eleni Vangeli is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director for undergraduate Psychology.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Year 1 class contact time is typically 9 hours per week plus individual tutorial and independent study.

Brief assessment outline

All modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, essays, exams, presentations, reports, case-studies, reviews and final year dissertation.

Research active academics

You will be taught by research-active academics whose work is internationally recognised and informs the course curriculum. You'll be encouraged to undertake your own research, from which you'll gain invaluable experience of social scientific research methods.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminarsSelf-directed study
Year 122%78%
Year 222%78%
Year 317%83%

Criminology conference at LSBU

Staff are actively engaged in criminological research. On 13th September, Helen Easton, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, hosted a conference with international guest speakers titled "Overcoming the Stalemate: Progressing Change in Prostitution Laws in England and Wales".

Personal Academic Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for 15 minutes throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or sign up for an appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.

Entry requirements

2018 entry

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
M9C8
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 3540Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course. 

Enrolling

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Getting started

You can start preparing for the course by following the news - quality newspapers, good TV news bulletins, Radio 4 news etc - particularly news about crime (politics of crime as well as actual crime stories. 

Suggested reading list

It is valuable to do a bit of preparatory reading before you start the course, we suggest:

Criminology 

  • M. Maguire, R. Morgan and R. Reiner (2012) (5th edn) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • S. Walklate (2003) (2nd edn) Understanding Criminology: Current theoretical debates. Buckingham: Open University Press. 
  • R. Lippens (2009) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Criminology. London: Sage. 
  • J. Muncie and E. McLaughin (2001) The Problem of Crime. Sage/Open University: London. 

Psychology 

  • Bekerian, D.A & Levey, A.B (2005). Applied Psychology. Oxford: OUP 
  • Glassman, W.E & Hadad, M (2004). Approaches to psychology. Open University Press 
  • Davey, G., Albery, I.P., Chandler, C., Field, A., Messer, D., Moore, S & Sterling, C. (2004). Complete psychology. London: Hodder & Stoughton. o Read section five on social psychology.

 
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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