BA (Hons) Criminology with Foundation Year - currently closed for 2022 applications
Why study Criminology with Foundation Year - currently closed for 2022 applications at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Opportunity to undertake international fieldwork visits to places such as Ljubljana, Slovenia and Gothenburg, Sweden
- Excellent research-led teaching
- Opens up a diverse range of careers including probation work, youth justice, drug referral schemes, victim support, and police and prison services
This course is no longer accepting applications for 2022 entry
About your course
The BA (Hons) Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by research active experts and offers exciting opportunites for international fieldwork.
Residential field trips associated with the optional fieldwork module, at level 6, will include flights and bed and breakfast accommodation costs. Locations may be subject to change.
This interdisciplinary BA course gives you the chance to look at criminology from the perspective of other disciplines such as geography, history, psychology, political science and sociology giving you a much broader understanding of the subject.
Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to develop your critical thinking skills by questioning what we mean by the terms ‘crime’, ‘criminals’, ‘punishment’ and ‘justice’.
For example, how are such terms constructed and what are the implications for practice? In the third year, you will have an opportunity to choose option modules to explore crime and criminal justice across a range of issues and specialisms and to locate UK based developments and debates within an international context
The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Criminology honours degree programme yet.
Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).
"There were a wide range of modules and the choice to shape the direction of your degree. The support was excellent with tutors always available to help with prompt feedback."
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
The choice of careers open to criminology graduates is diverse and exciting.
Your degree could be useful in a range of fields including:
- policy and administration
- government advice
- the children, young people's and youth justice workforces
- social work, prison and probation services
- investigating miscarriages of justice
- media research
- crime documentary and fiction screenwriting/production
- writing and journalism
- working in charities and community organisations
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
This module provides you with the integrated skills required for academic success. You will develop your skills of creating posters, constructing bibliographies, and sourcing relevant materials. Alongside this you will learn to identify and understand academic writing and referencing techniques. The multi-disciplinary syllabus and assessment tasks will enable you to acquire the academic skills needed for successful transition into Level 4 and the completion of the degree.
This module provides you with the necessary skills to develop a research project on the Liverpool City region from your particular subject perspective. You will explain academic research methods, write a coherent piece of academic work based on an understanding of Liverpool, and locate relevant research to support your project. The module will help you to develop an independent approach to learning.
Contemporary Issues in Law
This module will provide you with the opportunity to understand contemporary issues in the field of law.
Understanding Contemporary Social Problems
This module introduces you to relevant and contemporary issues in society. You will learn to identify key social issues in the UK, to demonstrate an understanding of key concepts relating to inequality, to demonstrate the ability to locate and provide academic evidence relevant to understanding social issues, and to describe the impact of key thinkers in understanding contemporary social issues.
Contemporary Issues in Security
This module provides you with the opportunity to understand contemporary issues in security and policing. You will learn to identify contemporary themes in security and policing and how theory can help explain crime. Through your study you will understand the challenges to mainstream security and policing and develop the ability to express key ideas about security and policing in written form.
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
This module provides you with the opportunity to understand contemporary issues in Criminal Justice. It gives you a foundation-level knowledge of how Criminal Justice works in 21st-century England and Wales.
Introduction to Criminological Theory
This module will begin to form your theoretical and conceptual foundation in Criminology. It will do so by charting some of the key perspectives within the discipline of Criminology and examining the emergence and contours of Critical Criminologies. An appreciation of these, often competing, versions of what Criminology is or should be, and the policy implications which follow, highlight the centrality of theory because ideas have consequences. This module will introduce you to the theoretical pathway of the discipline of Criminology, its relevant conceptual language, the key thinkers involved, and important seminal texts.
Criminology Into Action
This module is designed to introduce you to the study skills that are required for successful learning in higher education. From intensively supported classes in which study skills will be taught and practiced, to individual meetings to reflect upon your learning progress and requirements, you will be able to build on and practice your subject-specific and key skills. You will begin to map your development as an active learner and learn to put these skills into action throughout your Criminology programme.
Inside the Criminal Justice System
This module introduces you to key criminal justice institutions and processes. It will offer a basic introduction to associated tensions and critiques, which will provide the foundation for more advanced analysis of the politics of social control at Level 5.
Contemporary Issues in Criminology
This module will look at some contemporary criminological issues within society (some of which are generally ignored by state institutions as well as by much of criminology itself). We will apply our criminological theoretical imagination to help us understand and theorise them. Adopting a critical lens and simultaneously considering social divisions allows us to explore these issues differently to the ways in which, for example, state institutions may define, understand and seek to tackle them.
Researching Crime And Justice
This module introduces you to the themes, concepts and practices involved in research that you will develop at Level 5 and put into practice at Level 6. You will be introduced to a range of research methods used in criminological research, and to the relationship between research, policy, and practice through the use of case studies based upon researchers' and practitioners' own experiences.
Media, Crime and Victimisation
In this module you will achieve three things. First it will address and guide you through theories and concepts of media and crime. Second, drawing on newspaper articles, news programmes, films, documentaries and new media, this module will encourage you to examine how discourses and images evoke fear, anger, hatred or sympathy. Third, the concept and criteria thought to be necessary for the generation of a moral panic will be introduced, and examples of moral panics will be examined in order to draw out the common themes.
Advanced Criminological Theory
This module focuses upon the critical criminological approaches of 'crime', harm, deviance and social control that have emerged since the 1970s. It introduces you to concepts that are derivative of several competing advanced critical theoretical perspectives, placing them in their social and political context.
Criminology Into Practice
This module centres on guest talks from practitioners working in a range of settings. These are supported by lectures to provide academic context. The latter will help you to reflect on the extent to which criminological theories, concepts and research are relevant in a practice-based setting. The module also explores wider discussions about the production and application of criminological knowledge. The module equips you with a broad awareness of policy and practice in criminal justice, as well as offering opportunities to engage with practitioners and consider career options.
The Politics of Social Control
In this module you will develop a range of essential qualitative research skills to undertake and reflect upon problem solving research within a supportive environment. The module builds on the EBL in Level 4 and enhances your abilities to engage in research activities. The module includes a short field trip to apply methods in 'the real world', developing transferable skills. For students who are intending to write a dissertation at Level 6, this module provides an essential grounding.
Imagining Crime: Progressive Criminological Theory
This module is primarily about challenging established perspectives in Criminology and embracing their more 'progressive' alternatives. The goal of this module is to familiarise you with contemporary developments in the field of theoretical Criminology. It will seek to push your criminological imagination to the cutting edge of disciplinary developments and in so doing provide you with a solid foundation for further study of a progressive nature in Level 6.
Local and Global Criminology
This module addresses the local and global dimensions and contested nature of crime and justice, and how the global/local nexus differentially situates crime, whilst at the same time forging new intersections and relationships. At different sites – the city, the body, the state, for example – this module will explore the ways boundaries between crime control and civil liberties are redrawn and broaden everyday definitions of crime to capture neglected areas of criminology.
Criminological Research Enquiry
As a developing criminology researcher, this module is concerned with designing and undertaking a focused piece of criminological research using a synergy of quantitative and qualitative research methods. In carrying out your research and collecting your data, we expect you to give due regard to both the philosophical basis of criminological research and, just as importantly, to recognize the complex ethical issues that can often underpin research. You will be introduced to a several new pieces of ICT software for data management and retrieval.
Dissertation: Proposition And Development
This module ensures that you lay down a firm foundation in terms of literature review, theoretical framework and methodology/methods for the Dissertation module in Semester 2. Therefore, the module is designed to enhance your research and analytical skills and to encourage you to be a proactive, independent learner through developing a dissertation proposition which either adds to or challenges existing criminological research in your chosen area. This module will provide the base on which you can build towards your dissertation.
This module encourages you to generate your own original data on an issue similar to the themes of the programme, and to produce a piece of work which engages critically with theory and method. Therefore, it is designed to enhance your research and analytical skills and to encourage you to be a proactive, independent learner through constructing a dissertation which either adds to or challenges existing work in your chosen area.
Eco-Global Crime and Harm
This module encourages you to critically reflect on the nature and extent of "green" or "environmental" crime and harm, addressing problems of definition, measurement and causation, and relating this to social and philosophical movements and approaches. It addresses the role of the intergovernmental agreement, the state and the criminal justice system in prevention and regulation of "green" or "environmental" crime and harm, and considers the nature and effectiveness of legal, judicial and regulatory approaches.
Victims and Justice
This module addresses the substantive and growing criminological interest in the issue of victimisation. It explores different theoretical perspectives associated with the study of victims and the victims place within regulatory and criminal justice practices. It will encourage you to critically explore the state's recognition of, and responses to, victims and their demands for justice, along with the work of groups that campaign on behalf of particular groups of victims.
International Fieldwork in Criminology
This module provides the opportunity for the you to undertake independent guided study on a topic, in line with the aims and themes of the programme within an international context. You will also develop a wide range of study skills in the process. The module has a compulsory international fieldwork element incorporated which provides the backdrop to your study focus.
Police, Power and Social Order
In this module you will critically consider police power and its relationship to ideas of social and political order and disorder. You will explore the origins of police, considering the development of the police project in both domestic, colonial and international settings and in doing so critically examine the relationship between police, state power and the question of order. The module considers historical and contemporary policing through a series of case study issues.
Drugs, Intoxication And Society
This module allows you to critically engage with the field of intoxication. It covers many areas connected to drug use, but maintains a core focus upon policy, treatment interventions, and theoretical understandings of drug users.
Children and Young People ‘At Risk’
The first task of this module is to critically unpick the concept of 'risk' and the debates that surround the ways in which it has been used in policy and practice responses with children and young people. You will also look at wider contemporary perspectives surrounding children and young people who are 'at risk' in various contexts and how this influences the legal, policy and practice responses to these issues. Finally, you will critically assess how the system itself can pose a 'risk' to children and young people, and begin to consider proposals for reform.
Theorising Sexed Violence
In this module you will explore and analyse various approaches to representations of, and responses to, sexed violence. We question the multiple meanings of 'sex', 'gender', 'violence' and numerous other conceptualisations in order to disrupt popular or common sense understandings of sexed crimes. By examining the role played by culture, ethnicity and sexuality in legal translations of various forms of violence against women, the module raises questions about the violence of law, especially its androcentrism, ethnocentrism and heterosexism.
This module provides you with an overview and analysis of the theoretical discourse of human rights, and the development of related global governance structures since 1948. You will evaluate the political and practical implications of promoting and defending human rights through country and issue based comparative analysis.
Crime, Media, Culture
This module is designed to connect you with the growing and influential sub-field of cultural criminology. You will learn to understand the interfaces between crime, media, and culture, to understand the range of identifiable groups connected to notions of crime, deviance and social control as ‘cultural constructs’, and to appreciate the growing criminological significance of various new, popular and entertainment media.
Children and Young People in Conflict with the Law
In this module you will look at the contemporary legal, policy and practice responses to children and young people who are in conflict with the law. You will look at how these can be analysed and explained. Balancing accountability and the rehabilitation and welfare needs of children and young people in conflict with the law raises critical questions regarding the most appropriate ways to respond, including: At what age should children be held criminally responsible? Should imprisonment ever be used as a form of punishment for children and young people? Do formal criminal processes harm children and young people? Can state responses to children in conflict with the law be considered in isolation from other services or interventions?
Crime, Space And Place
In this module you will critically question many taken-for-granted assumptions about fear of crime and crime itself. Central to this will be an examination of crime and social harm at spatial scales from local to global. While the urban environment is the main stage for a critical examination of social and cultural constructions of cities as loci of crime and disorder, the culturally imagined safeness, peacefulness and 'neighbourliness' of rural and more isolated environments also comes under scrutiny.
Security, Crime and Terrorism
In this module you will critically consider the causes, and nature, of terrorism, state–terrorism, and organised crime. This module also seeks to ensure you recognise the manner in which state policy and practice work to generate (in)security, and the effectiveness and impact on communities and human rights processes.
Criminalisation, Punishment and The State
In this module you will study the complexity and intersections of punishment across the policy terrains of penology and social policy since the late 1960s. It explores the historical and contemporary landscape of punishment within a context of diminishing and increasingly conditional welfare provision in order to explore how critical criminology has contributed to our understanding of punishment, its role and its impacts. The module will encourage you to critically reflect on the reconfiguration of the state's power to punish.
Criminology Work Placement 1
This module provides you with the opportunity to secure a work placement relevant to the study of Criminology. The aim is that you will be able to identify, assess and reflect upon how your skills and abilities transfer from your academic studies to the world of work, and how these skills and abilities might be enhanced via agreed work placement objectives. The module aims to lay down a firm foundation for Criminology Work Placement 2.
Criminology Work Placement 2
This module provides you with the opportunity to secure a work placement relevant to the study of Criminology. The aim is that you will be able to identify, assess and reflect upon how your skills and abilities transfer from your academic studies to the world of work and how these skills and abilities have been enhanced via your work placement. The module also offers you opportunities to reflect on the links between your work placement experience and your programme of study.
Understanding and Challenging Inequalities and Exclusion
This module aims to develop your understanding of processes of social exclusion and social inequalities. It draws upon theoretical and empirical accounts of inequality and exclusion to help you to gain an understanding of social divisions and intersectionalities. A case-study approach will be employed to develop your ability to apply key exclusionary concepts and to critically assess both the implications of exclusion and official responses to it.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, online activities and one-to-one consultations with your tutors. You will also be expected to study independently and conduct your own self-directed research.
Read more about an International Fieldwork trip to Gothenburg undertaken by Criminology students written by Programme Leader, Dr Giles Barrett.
The degree provides opportunities for you to undertake supervised independent study on a Criminological issue of your choice, enabling the development of a wide variety of transferable skills and abilities essential for your future employability. For example, the Dissertation and Work Placement modules require students to identify an appropriate topic; develop a programme of study and present a clear, coherent and robust piece of written work. While the International Fieldwork module provides students with a unique opportunity to develop and improve these transferable skills within an international context.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
It is often useful to discuss course-related issues on a one-to-one basis and for this reason we will assign you a personal tutor for the duration of your studies at LJMU. Your tutor will also help you put together your personal development plan so that you can monitor progress and set your own targets. Module tutors also provide support in the form of online learning materials, course guides and one-to-one consultations if you need them, and there will be study skills sessions to help you prepare for assessments.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
We understand that all students have different strengths and preferences when it comes to assessments, so we use a variety of methods to assess your work. These include:
- fieldwork projects
- case studies
- blogs and wikis
- workplace practice
- presentations (individual and group)
- reviews and group work
You will normally receive extensive written feedback on your assessments and regular verbal feedback.
All feedback is designed to help you achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies, so staff will be available to discuss it with you and direct you to further support if you feel you need it.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Janet Jamieson
Janet is Subject Leader for Criminology and manages the BA (Hons) Criminology and the and BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology undergraduate degree programmes. She joined LJMU in September 2007 as a Senior Lecturer having previously taught Criminology at Lancaster University and held Research Fellowships within the Young Justice Research Centre at the University of Liverpool and the Social Work Research Centre at the University of Stirling.
This degree provides opportunities for you to look at Criminology from the perspective of other disciplines such as geography, history, psychology, political science and sociology giving you a much broader understanding of the subject.
What you can expect from your School
Based within the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Justice Studies is a leading provider of education in Policing Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice. We provide specific training for policing students wishing to enter the service as a graduate recruit. The John Foster Building has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives 24 hour access to an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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