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Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology and Policing – 2023 Entry

Duration of programme: 4 years (where students join the programme in year 1)

Award on successful completion: Bachelor of Arts with Honours


Location of delivery: Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee

Composition of the programme: 120 SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework) credits in each academic year, delivered in modules of 20 credits each, with 3 modules taken in term 1, and 3 in term 2 each year. In years 1 and 2, students have the opportunity to take modules outside their main subject. A 40 credit independent dissertation is included in the final year.

Contact hours and workload: Each academic year typically requires 1200 hours of student effort; on average across the 4 years of this programme, 20 % of that time is in lectures, seminars and similar activities; the remainder is independent study.

Assessment methods: A variety of assessment methods are used, which include Reports, Essays, Set Exercises, Presentations and Exams.

Academic staff: This programme is delivered by staff in the Division of Sociology in BLS School. Staff profiles can be viewed at https://www.abertay.ac.uk/staff-search

Core modules in the programme:

  • Introduction to Crime and Punishment
  • Criminal Justice Theories & Processes
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Criminological Theories
  • Classical Social theory
  • Social Research in Action 2
  • Penal Institutions
  • Gender, Crime & Victimology
  • Policing in Practice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Social Research in Action 3
  • Dissertation
  • Policing and Criminal Justice in the 21st Century
  • Policing Communities

Other modules that may be offered, but are subject to change over time:

  • Media & the Digital Society
  • Social Research in Action 1: Scotland
  • Intro Policing Module
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Cybercrime & Policing Technology
  • Drugs, Addiction & Society
  • Sociology of Race & Ethnicity
  • Criminalisation in the 21st Century
  • Work Placement
  • Zemiology, Harm & Power
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Death Killing and Conflict
  • Problems of Human Survival in the 21st Century
  • Human rights
  • Environmental Criminology

Developments in the discipline: The curriculum within all Criminology, Policing and Sociology modules is expected to develop over time, to maintain real world connection and salience. The discipline of Criminology and Policing is continually evolving across all its substantive areas of study. However, the key subject areas are unlikely to change. New developments are readily incorporated into the core curriculum without having to change fundamentally module structures.

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