Criminology - your questions answered! video transcript

Hi, my name is Fionn. I'm a Criminology Lecturer, I'm a Senior Lecturer in the department of Criminology and Social Sciences.

Students who are interested in things like criminal behavior, students who perhaps might be interested in the criminal justice system and how it works. Also students that are interested in things like race and crimes, and students who perhaps are interested in things like policing and prisons, but they don't necessarily at this stage want to commit to a policing degree, perhaps.

So students might look at gender specific roles within the criminal justice system or for example this morning, I was teaching sexual offending and yesterday I was teaching women in the criminal justice system. We also look at some of the solutions to crime as well. So we look at things like crime prevention strategies, we'll look at topics like substance misuse. So there's a wide range of issues and topics I think are covered within Criminology.

It's a three year course for undergraduates, and normally you will study six modules  each year. A lot of the core modules have an employability aspect, and what we mean by that is we focus very much on getting students ready for work. A number of  students will go on to work, for example in the probation service, students will also go on to

work in the prison service.

We also have a range of students who will go on to work in voluntary sector organisations so perhaps local charities. Many of our students will go on to work with vulnerable groups, so it's really important that they have particular skills, like improving their communication skills.

Students will learn that they're actually leaders, they'll learn that they've got really good leadership skills. We invite them to develop their debating skills by taking part in activities in seminars. And also in terms of some of the assessments that we set for them too. We have a range of staff in the department, so we have staff who've

been academics for a long time and they maybe have specific expertise in research but then we also have a number of staff who are ex-practitioners and I'm one of those.

So I think we have a really nice range of staff who have a variety of skills. We have a central team that supports us with volunteering but we also have specific opportunities

in our department. So for example, we have a really good relationship with the office for the Police and Crime Commissioner.

We have some opportunities to work in police custody suites, assessing the ways in which detainees are treated. We do lots of visits to courts and things like the magistrates courts and the local crown courts, and there also are certain modules or opportunities for students to visit prisons as well. The second year, a cohort of students will go to America, they will visit some American prisons, they visit a couple of American police forces. And I know that the purpose of the trip is to expose students to comparative judicial systems so that they can get an understanding of how a different jurisdiction might work. We also for 3rd years offer an international trip to the Hague.

I often say to students, your time at university is your time to explore and experiment and take some risks and do some interesting things, perhaps put yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit because you've got the security blanket of us and we will help you to develop those skills that are necessary and kind of test you a little bit and push you and encourage you.

Criminology - your questions answered! video

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