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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Criminology with Study Abroad Programme codeUFS4HPSHPS05
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BSc in Criminology at Exeter offers those with an interest in studying crime, criminal justice, and society an opportunity to develop their theoretical understandings as well as gain training in social science research design and statistical data analysis. Criminology aims to provide systematic understanding of the historical patterning of crime, the causes of criminal behaviour and its consequences, as well as policy response. Through Criminology at Exeter you will learn to understand the multi-perspectival nature of crime, to explore terrains that are often contested, and to develop a critical appreciation of disciplinary perspectives. The inter-disciplinary make-up of the programme is rooted in sociological approaches, but also offers the potential to combine these perspectives for understanding and responding to crime and deviance with those from historical, political, and psychological studies. You will explore theoretical, empirical and methodological issues associated with these fields of social research. The training you will receive in this programme will equip you transferable skills for a variety of careers in criminal justice system as well as other professional and academic fields.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. provide you with a teaching and learning programme informed by a vibrant research culture and with excellent learning opportunities.
2. enable you to develop into a graduate who will be a useful, productive and questioning member of society.
3. allow you to become grounded in the main themes of Criminology through a combination of modules which help you to develop an appreciation and understanding of how societies define and respond to crime.
4. enable you to become competent in the specific skills required in Criminology, core academic skills and a wide range of generic and transferable skills.
5. offer you a wide range of choice within the programme of study, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree
6. provide you an excellent Honours-level education in Criminology, which meets the criteria for Honours level awards as set out in the FHEQ and the University’s statement of Levels and Awards, and which meets the standards set in the national Subject Benchmarking statements for Criminology
7. provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment for students that is informed by research where deemed appropriate
8. develop students’ competence in the subject-specific skills required in Criminology through practical engagement with primary and empirical data
9. expose you to different teaching and assessment methods within an appropriate learning environment, supported by feedback, monitoring and pastoral care
10. provide you with a range of academic and personal skills which will prepare you for employment or further study, which will foster mental agility and adaptability, and which will enable them to deploy their knowledge, abilities and skills in their entirety, displaying balance and judgement in a variety of circumstances

The Programme will:

4. Programme Structure

Your BSc Criminology with Study Abroad programme is a 3 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 3 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year, comprising of 120 credits made up of either 15 or 30-credit modules, which contribute towards the degree.

 

The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.  Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the College.

 

The ‘level’ of a module (designated by the first number in the module code) indicates its position in the progressive development of academic abilities and/or practical skills.

 

This degree programme contains compulsory and optional modules and as part of the degree programme you may take up to 30 credits a year in another discipline outside your main degree subjects, after you have met the compulsory requirements of your main subjects (specified below).

 

In exceptional circumstances you may exit this award with a Certificate of Higher Education in Criminology where you have achieved 120 credits at Stage 1 or a Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology where you have achieved 240 credits across Stages 1 and 2, with at least 90 of these from Stage 2.  

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The BSc Criminology degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits at each stages in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

If a student wishes to undertake their study abroad in a University which does not teach in English, they must normally have completed 30 credits at Advanced level from the Foreign Language Centre in stage 2 in the appropriate language. In doing this they would be deemed to have exercised their rights under the University’s modularity provisions. In order to take the appropriate 30 credit language module students would not be required to take any optional modules at stage one. Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Stage 1


The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of criminology and social theory, methods and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

You will take 90 credits of compulsory modules. You should select a further 30 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI1005 Introduction to Social Data 15Yes
SOC1039 Social Issues: Part I - Introducing Crime and Deviance 15No
SOC1040 Social Issues: Part II - Themes in Criminology 15No
SSI1006 Data Analysis in Social Science 1 15Yes
SOC1048 Social Analysis I 15No
SOC1049 Social Analysis II 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC Stage 1 Criminology Option Modules 2023-4
ANT1003 Imagining Social Worlds: Texts 15 No
ANT1004 Introduction to Social Anthropology-Theorising the Everyday World 15 No
ANT1005 Introduction to Social Anthropology: Exploring Cultural Diversity 15 No
SOC1019 Contemporary Society: Themes and Perspectives 15 No
SOC1020 Contemporary Society: Field and Case Studies 15 No
SOC1047 Imagining Social Worlds: Qualitative Research 15 No
SOC1028 Media and Society 15 No

Stage 2


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15No
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15No
SSI2004 Research Design in the Social Sciences 15Yes
SSI2005 Data Analysis in Social Science 2 15Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC Stage 2 Criminology Option Modules 2023-4
SOC2009 Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15 No
SOC2024 Power and Domination 15 No
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 No
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 No
SOC2038 On Violence 15 No
SOC2063 Policy Analysis in Criminology 15 No
SOC2068 Race, Ethnicity and Criminalisation 15 No
SOC2069 Crimes of the Powerful 15 No
SOC2086 Addiction 30 No
SOC2098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15 No
SOC2101 Police and Policing 15 No
SOC2104 Victimology 15 No
SOC2133 The Anthropology of Prisons 15 No
SOC2135 Forensic Cultures 15 No
SOC2136 Deprivation of liberty: Imprisonment and beyond 15 No
PHL2061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
BIO2068 Forensic Science 30 No
ARC2514 Forensic Anthropology 15 No

Stage 3


Students spend this stage in a partner University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits. Assessment is normally based on the credits gained at the partner institution abroad.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI3999 Year Abroad 120No

Stage 4


30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules.

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI3019 Quantitative Dissertation 30Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC Final Stage Criminology Option Modules 2023-4
SOC3002 On Violence 15 No
SOC3034 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 No
SOC3035 Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15 No
SOC3036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 No
SOC3086 Addiction 30 No
SOC3098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15 No
SOC3101 Police and Policing 15 No
SOC3104 Victimology 15 No
SOC3121 Policy Analysis in Criminology 15 No
SOC3126 Race, Ethnicity and Criminalisation 15 No
SOC3127 Crimes of the Powerful 15 No
SOC3129 Cybercrime 15 No
SOC3134 Forensic Science, Conflict and Justice 15 No
SOC3141 The Anthropology of Prisons 15 No
SOC3143 Forensic Cultures 15 No
SOC3144 Security, Society, and Algorithms 15 No
SOC3145 Deprivation of liberty: Imprisonment and beyond 15 No
SOC3146 Forensics in Policing 15 No
PHL3061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15 No
POL3193 Women in the Criminal Justice System: Law, Policy and Institutions 30 No
POL3298 Studies of Terrorism 15 No
ARC3510 Experimental Approaches to Forensic and Archaeological Investigations 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate your understanding of criminology as a distinct area of study and inquiry, and its multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary nature (benchmark 4.2.1)
2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the types of criminological research both quantitative and qualitative
3. Use empirical evidence - both quantitative and qualitative - about the distribution of crime, deviance, offending and victimisation of all kinds to explore relationships between these and social divisions and social change (benchmark 4.2.22).
4. Understand alternative theoretical approaches within criminology, and contemporary debates about the content and scope of criminology (benchmark 4.2.2)
5. Gauge the different sources of information about crime and victimisation, both quantitative and qualitative, and how they are produced - including their location in particular legal, political, social and ideological frameworks – as well as how they can be interpreted (benchmark 4.2.4)
6. Recognise how to develop a reflective approach and a critical awareness of the values of local cultures and local politics, and of your own values, biography and social identity, and how to bring these skills to bear in an informed response to crime and victimisation (benchmark 4.2.19)
7. Assess the ethical implications of criminology enquiry and qualitative/quantitative research more generally

1-3. These skills are developed in the approved criminology modules, and are a core aim of SOC1039 and SOC1040.

4-6. These skills are developed through core and modules, including SOC1039, SOC1040, SOC1004, SOC1041 and POL2070.

7. These skills will be practised through coursework and examination and seminar work in all modules, and consolidated specifically in modules at 2nd year and 4th year level.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of: 
Term-time essays 1-7 
oral presentations 1-7 
examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project and Dissertation work) 1-7

The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources
9. Selecting and applying appropriate strategies for specific research problems (benchmark 5.3.8)
10. Identification and deployment a range of research strategies, including qualitative and quantitative methods and the use of electronic and published data sources (benchmark 5.3.9)
11. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
12. Develop and deploy arguments grounded in theoretical frameworks.
13. Evaluate evidence of diverse kinds and draw appropriate conclusions (benchmark 5.4.6)
14. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
15. Present research procedures, academic debates and your own arguments (benchmark 5.4.1).
16. Present work and answer questions orally.
17. Present data and evidence in an appropriate format for a variety of audiences (benchmark 5.4.4).
18. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as students move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion).

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of:

Term-time essays 8-18 
Oral presentations 8-18 
Examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project and Dissertation work) 8-18

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

19. Undertake independent research and ability to work to deadlines.
20. Word process and access the world-wide web gain familiarity with IT packages.
21. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
22. Evaluate own work.
23. Participate in discussions.
24. Work with others as part of a team in classroom exercises.
25. Group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
26. Plan the execution of work over a long time scale.
27. Think and write broadly about large themes.
28. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information.
29. Collate data from a range of sources

19 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme but is addressed in the dissertation.  
20 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed

21 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.  
22 is developed throughout but especially in the dissertation (and through the self-appraisal in the inter-semester week).  
23 is developed through seminars, which form part of all modules.  
The skills in 24 and 25 are developed to some extent in all modules, through interaction in seminars and in discussion with tutors about essay work, and in response to criticism both collective and individual.

26 and 27 are developed through the Dissertation at stage 3, which has a single end of year deadline.  
28 and 29 are developed through all modules.

The skills in 19, 20 and 21 are assessed in all modules. 21 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation. 22 Is assessed implicitly throughout, and aided through the student self-appraisal system that takes place in the inter-semester week of Spring Term. 23 24, 25 and 26 are formally assessed. 27 Is covered by the Dissertation. 28 and 29 by all modules.

7. Programme Regulations

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

 

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision. ELE resources and access to College support services can be found via the College webpages and the student intranet.

 

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

M900

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Criminology

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

04/06/2018