The course is designed to help students apply learning in the contexts they work and live in. A central assumption is that participants want to critically engage with the concept of being a restorative practice practitioner. The teaching and learning style is participative; pragmatic; and underpinned by research, theory and experience. The course examines issues across local ,national and international settings.
The field of Restorative Practice may be regarded as a growing field of practice across Europe over the last ten years. The relevance of this restorative movement is reflected in Ulsters' postgraduate and undergraduate restorative practices training provision which attracts participants from the full range of criminal justice agencies, the worlds of primary and post primary school education, established and emerging community restorative justice organisations and other settings. The teaching and learning activities aim to have a pragmatic focus.This includes addressing the mindset skills and processes oto work restoratively in a range of settings. Teaching content is shaped in part by the research activity of the team, other research and a range of theories from restorative practice, education, sociology and psychology. The team is committed to the personal development of each student. The student peer group is upheld as a source of learning and support. As well as becoming more effective in their own environment the course requires students to look at a wider world of practice. This includes considering how restorative practice may contribute to peace building in large scale conflicts. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 academic credits) upon successful completion of two of the optional modules listed below. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 academic credits) upon successful completion of four of the optional modules listed below. Research Methods and the Dissertation must be completed in order to be awarded the MSc (180 academic credits).
This course is delivered part-time. Students may enter the programme at the start of any semester if the modules being delivered meet their learning needs.
This course is recognised by the Restorative Justice Council as a qualification to be an accredited practitioner. This course has been undertaken by people working across the criminal justice sector, community restorative justice, and primary and post-primary school systems and from trade unions and the wider Voluntary sector.
The MSc Criminal Justice Policy provides an opportunity to apply the concepts and theoretical perspectives from criminology, sociology, law and psychology to the subjects of crime, social order and criminal justice institutions.
It will provide you with the intellectual tools, from theory, empirical research, and policy analysis, to engage with current debates within criminology and criminal justice, such as restorative justice and increasing rates of incarceration. You will also learn to use historical and comparative perspectives to understand current trends. The teaching is provided by internationally renowned criminologists in the Departments of Social Policy, Law and Sociology.
You will consider challenging questions such as: How can we explain the significant crime drop seen in most Western nations in recent decades? What can government or other agencies do to reduce fear of crime? Should people go to prison for punishment or as punishment? Will reduced government spending on the police lead to an increase in crime? How can political economy and cultural analysis account for variations in penal policy across states?
You will also be able to attend the Mannheim Centre for Criminology’s seminar series and events, which are run in association with the British Society of Criminology Southern Branch. These provide an opportunity to hear about scholars’ current research as well as meet informally with speakers, other criminologists, and criminal justice professionals.
On graduation, most students move into careers in the criminal justice professions, academic or policy research in criminology and criminal justice, and policy work in governments or charities.
The Master of Criminology programme is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of crime, public response to crime and, specifically, criminal justice in Europe and beyond.
The programme is characterised by a strong link between education and research, an explicitly international orientation, and a comparative approach, with special attention to the cross-border character of criminality.
General subjects include criminological theories and models of law enforcement, psychology, law and criminal justice, youth criminology and juvenile justice, and research methods. The programme also offers cutting-edge courses on international police and judicial cooperation, political crimes and transitional justice, restorative justice, terrorism, and organised and corporate crime – research fields in which our Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) professors are internationally renowned experts.
LINC is the most recent institutional incarnation (2007) of the criminological tradition in Leuven, which began with the establishment of the School for Criminology in 1929. Excellence in criminology continues today, combining solid research with a deep commitment to society structured within ten research lines. LINC is composed of 11 professors and more than 70 assistants and fellows involved in criminological research and education.
Prospective students should possess:
Knowledge: The graduates need 1) to obtain specialized and more in-depth theoretical insights into the criminology; 2) to know facts concerning the developments and (the possible solutions for) problems in policy and practice of institutions that are involved in dealing with criminality. 3) to have specialized knowledge of recent developments in the field of methodology that allows to examine the problems from a point of legal and empirical-criminological view.
Skills: The graduates must be able to make an autonomous contribution in the development in the search to solutions for complex social and individual questions on the field of crime and the treatment of crime. More specifically: to be able to formulate relevant challenges for further criminological research; to observe, detect and analyze the large variables and indicators; to collect information independently; to comment and report in a methodically founded statement; can possibly function in (multidisciplinary) surroundings with eye for its own input and the guarantee of its quality.
Attitude: the graduates need to develop a discerning mind and recognize the importance of theoretical, methodological and moral reflection, both to guarantee the quality of policymaking as the quality of the own vocational practice. From an ethical notion the students develop further sensitivity for the tensions which occur at the treatment of crime and (in)security, at the individual, institutional and social level on the one hand and between these levels on the other hand.
The programme is intended to prepare students for research and professional employment in national and international policy and operational agencies in the fields of criminal justice and victim assistance.
Graduates find employment in the domains of: