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Criminology and Criminal Justice MA


Course Description

THE NEXT INTAKE FOR THIS COURSE IS SEPTEMBER 2013. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) is a rapidly growing area of study and employment opportunity, particularly in areas
of crime reduction, youth justice, community safety and restorative justice. Constant change in the justice sector requires practitioners to adopt and adapt to the latest thinking and legislative requirements.

This course offers advanced study of this subject area at masters level to both recent graduates and established criminal and
community justice practitioners. It will equip you with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values you require to engage with the complex issues presented by work within this sector. It is also an excellent opportunity for those wishing to advance their academic and research careers within this field as a progressive step towards a PhD and/or careers in academic and research institutions.

Course modules:

Core:
Critical Criminology, Policy and Practice (15 credits)
Diversity and Criminal Justice (15 credits)
Criminological Research (30 credits) (Completion of this module is a prerequisite for the masters dissertation)
Risk, Public Protection and High Risk offenders (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)

You will then also undertake three 15 credit option modules selected from the following:

Youth Justice
Rehabilitation and Reintegration
International and Comparative Policing
Victim Work and Restorative Justice
Theoretical Perspectives on Sexual Offending

Professional practice 15 credit option modules (for those with relevant work experience only):

Managing the Practice of Risk
Managing Partner ships and Inter-Agency Work

Other professional practice module options are available in partnership with other Postgraduate courses within the Youth, Community and Education Division.

We also run modules that can be taken on an individual basis that offer a ‘taster’ for Postgraduate study. Contact us to find out more.

Teaching and Assessment:

Although categorised as distance learning, the realities of a “blended” approach combines a direct introductory teaching workshop and opportunities for supplementary teaching inputs with independent and distance learning strategies as
relevant to individual student needs and circumstances.

All students will be required to engage with the university’s virtual learning environment, undertaking online interactive tasks, seminars and discussion. A capacity to study independently will be essential. You will need internet access for the
duration of the course.

Assessments for the modules include a variety of assignments, case study exercises, online tasks, presentations, portfolios, group and individual projects. A 60 credit dissertation on a subject of individual interest completes the course.

Expertise:

This course is run by the CCJ division, which has an excellent reputation for courses grounded in flourishing research which is
explicitly linked to teaching. The division has one of the largest groupings of applied CCJ academics in the country. The teaching staff are all highly experienced, the majority having practice backgrounds prior to moving into higher education as lecturers and researchers.

A number of high profile research staff within the division have been involved in developing modules on the masters course around their subject expertise.

Graduate careers:

Graduates can progress towards a PhD, or enhance their employability in a variety of roles and specialisms including; Policing, probation, youth justice, victim work and restorative justice, custody and security management services, prisons, community safety and prevention initiatives, voluntary, private and charity sector partnerships.

Experienced CCJ practitioners can enhance their knowledge and understanding of both their own role and wider debates on policy and practice. Completion of the course is likely to enhance the possibilities for new directions and promotion opportunities in professional practice.

Visit the Criminology and Criminal Justice MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2013 entry only:•Normally a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject •Provision of two references (academic, professional or personal) •All applicants will be expected to attend an interview. If you cannot attend, alternative arrangements may be made •International students are required to have an IELTS of 6.5 as a minimum, with writing and speaking skills at no less than IELTS 6.0 Non-graduates with relevant experience and qualifications will be considered, however you may be required to undertake an assessment task to demonstrate your ability to study at an advanced level.

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