How do the police tackle crime? How can we deter or rehabilitate criminals? How does the criminal justice system work? These are some of the questions you’ll explore on this course. We’ll engage you in debates about crime and the police, both in theory and practice. You’ll acquire in-depth knowledge about types of law-breaking and law enforcement, and practical skills relevant to work in the police and criminal justice system.
Our course will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that are in great demand with public service employers like the police, the prison service, the probation service and the criminal justice system.
Based on our modern and well-equipped Chelmsford campus, with access to all of our university’s facilities, you’ll get first-hand experience of the work of the Police and wider criminal justice system through work-based learning, and improve your academic knowledge of the causes of crime and responses to law-breaking, including how the criminal justice process works. Using an exciting combination of real-life case studies, academic research and interactive learning, you’ll gain a deep understanding of crucial issues and policies.
Our modules will help you to develop your skills in leadership, interpersonal communication, and presentation; and to learn about issues relevant to contemporary policing including the investigation of sexual offences and fraud; counter-terrorism initiatives; equality and cultural diversity; crime control, and crime prevention.
Our degree has been developed, and continues to develop, through strong links with local police forces and criminal justice agencies. Talks and workshops offered by serving professionals are a key feature of this course, and you’ll have opportunities to participate in different trips and activities, and to visit courts and other organisations. You’ll also examine the trial process, methods of rehabilitation, punishment and retribution, and get practice in presenting evidence in our purpose-built mock courtroom.
Course Leader: Emma Brett
We use a number of ways for you to demonstrate your learning from the modules, and to make sure you’re developing the essential knowledge and skills you’ll need to complete the course. These include essays, presentations, case study reports, group work research, and a major project.
Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.
Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.
If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.
Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.
You'll also have the opportunity to obtain the Certificate of Policing Knowledge qualification
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Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)
January 2017, September 2016
Full-time undergraduate (4 years)
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