Criminology - your questions answered! video transcript

I'm Charlotte Fletcher-Morgan and I'm the Head of Discipline for Criminology and Social Sciences at the University of Derby. One of the things that we really try and do is bring criminology to life so it's not just about studying in the classroom it's about really making sure that our students are work ready, they understand what's out there.

So some of the ways that we do that would be through the trips that we undertake. All students get the opportunity to go to a European city; so we've been to the Hague and we've also been to Amsterdam and both of those give us a really good case study approach I would say of looking at the Criminal Justice System through a completely different lens.  

We've been in prisons in LA County Jail, we've been to Miami, and the big one that we've been to is San Quentin prison. The artwork on the walls at the moment is from San Quentin prisoners; it's not just they they give us artwork, actually we sit down with the prisoners and they'll tell us their stories as to why they've drawn something or why they've painted something so, it's powerful but it's also I think, it's a it's a privilege for our students to actually hear their stories first-hand, it's just a completely different way of life and a completely different experience for them.

So we try and emulate what skills are required in the world of work actually within the programmes themselves. That allows them to leave and write on their CV well I'm able to problem solve, I'm able to critically analyse, I'm able to work in groups, I'm able to communicate effectively. The skills that students learn when they're doing Criminology are such sort of that they're very broad-based, actually there's a whole range of different career opportunities which are out there. So we've got the Criminology single honours course, and we've also got a degree which combines both Criminology and Sociology. So the first year is very much about looking at key theories, looking at key institutions - so what is the Criminal Justice System. We look at the courts, the police, prisons, things such as society, we look at the individual and why they might commit crime. In the second year we take the sort of the key institutions, so we look at the police, but we look at it through a lens of sort of ethical decision-making. We look at themes in forensic psychology, we also focus on the victims, so I think the victims are often the lost part of the Criminal Justice System; what are their rights, how do we respond to them, how do we make sure that we look after them appropriately. And then in the final year, it's completely down to you as a student as to what subject areas you want to pick from and we've got about there's about 14 different areas that you could choose from. I think we've got a really good mixture between the theory and the practice, and I think it's also actually who delivers on our courses. So we've got a good mixture of staff who've got their PhD's, who are research active, but we've also got a number of staff who are specialists in their areas. If you take myself, I've worked with young offenders, I've been in youth justice. We've got practitioners who are from a law background, people with us who have worked in prisons, who've worked in probation, and who've worked with the police.



Criminology - your questions answered! video

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