Programme Specification: BSc Social Policy and Criminology 1. Awarding Body

Programme Specification: BSc Social Policy and Criminology
1. Awarding Body
2. Details of accreditation by a
professional/statutory body, e.g. ESRC;
BPS etc
3. Name of final award
4. Programme Title
5. Duration of the course
6. Based in the Department/Institute:
7. Relevant QAA subject benchmark
8. UCAS Code
9. First written/last amended
Social Policy and Criminology
3 years full-time
Social Policy
Social Policy and Administration (2007), and
Criminology (2007).
November 2005 / October 2012
10. The programme aims to:
provide comprehensive introductory coverage of the main areas of, and theoretical
approaches to, social policy and criminology;
enable students to develop the capacity to learn and apply general approaches to the
analysis of social problems, including crime problems;
enable students to explore ways in which different societies have developed various
ways meeting human and social needs;
enable students to explore ways in which different societies have defined and
responded to crime and deviance;
respond to demand for innovative degree programmes offering a wide choice of
courses and exposure to the multi-disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences;
provide students with the skills to enter employment in public, private and voluntary
sectors, particularly in the fields of policy making, research, crime prevention and
offender treatment and rehabilitation;
provide students who wish to undertake further study at the next level with the
training to enable them to do so.
11. Programme outcomes: knowledge and understanding; skills and other attributes
Knowledge of
the historical development of UK social policy and criminal justice institutions;
the main institutions that provide social welfare and criminal justice services in the UK,
public, private and voluntary
some social welfare systems in other countries;
methods of resourcing and financing social welfare and criminal justice organisations;
the provision, finance and regulation of social security, education, health and social
care, housing and criminal justice;
local and regional, international and supranational dimensions of social and criminal
justice policy;
methods of research for analysis of social policy and criminal justice organisations;
some significant sources of data about social welfare and crime and the main
research methods used to collect and analyse the data;
key issues relating to the psychology and sociology of crime and criminal justice;
principles of criminal justice policy.
Understanding of
 interdisciplinary approaches to social policy and criminal justice issues (using
knowledge, concepts and skills from a range of social science disciplines, such as
economics, sociology, psychology);
some of the key concepts and theories of welfare and criminal justice;
methods of comparative analysis and application in an international context;
an understanding of the limits of comparative analysis, historically and internationally;
how values and principles are related to political and economic interests;
key concepts used to understand human needs, social welfare and crime – equity,
inequality, poverty, exclusion, identity, social difference and diversity;
key theoretical concepts used in the fields of social policy and criminology.
use techniques and skills from several disciplines;
problem solving skills;
data collection and research skills;
evaluative and analytical skills;
sensitivity to values and interests of others and awareness of normative and moral
positions of others;
ability to communicate ideas and arguments with others, orally and in writing; in the
case of the latter, using academic conventions (e.g. referencing conventions);
ability to manage learning;
interpersonal skills and teamwork skills;
experience of making presentations;
use current ICT (e.g. word processing, data analysis);
ability to learn and study supported by guidance.
Subject specific skills include
 use of established theories and concepts of social policy, criminology and other social
sciences to analyse social needs and policy issues;
 finding and using statistical and other data from surveys, administrative sources, and
research publications;
 undertaking investigations of social issues.
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12. Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved
and demonstrated
Teaching and learning strategies
 Various teaching, learning and assessment strategies are used to enable the
outcomes above to be achieved - lectures, classes, tutorials and self-directed study.
 Lecture formats are varied, including both traditional formats, audio visual and
electronic presentations
 Classes are interactive and usually organised around themes for discussion or
readings; these aim to deepen and consolidate knowledge, and develop critical
awareness and communication skills
 One-to-one tutorials provide individual pastoral and academic support.
Assessment strategies include
 Unseen examinations
 Essays both formative and summative
 Dissertation
 Analytical exercises
 Group project work (formative)
 Individual project work (summative)
Summative assessment is carried out anonymously
13. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules and awards
See the BSc Social Policy and Criminology programme regulations.
Additional information
14. Criteria for admission to the programme
GSCE pass at grade C or better in Mathematics.
GCE A level grades A B B.
International Baccalaureate- Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at higher level.
Other qualifications may be considered.
15. Indicators of quality
Steady demand for the programme
High entry requirements
Good examination results
Favourable remarks from external examiners
Students questionnaires via the Teaching Quality Assessment surveys
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16. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standard of teaching and
The Department takes seriously the feedback on teaching quality provided by the
Course teaching surveys (administered by TQARO).
The Department holds termly staff-student meetings at which student representatives
from all year groups are able to raise issues of concern. It takes forward suggestions
and proposals coming from that meeting.
Departmental student representatives are elected from each year group and they
bring issues of concern to the staff member with management responsibility for the
programmes and to the staff-student meeting.
The Department holds a degree sub-committee meeting termly for all programmes;
issues raised are addressed and taken forward.
The Department has a Teaching Committee; part of its remit is to plan provision and
support innovation.
The Department (and School) takes seriously the feedback from external examiners;
comments made by external examiners are followed up within the Department and by
the School.
The School’s Teaching and Learning Centre is available to monitor and observe
teaching and offers constructive advice on how to improve the standard of teaching
and quality.
Departmental TLAC review once every five years.
The Teaching Learning and Assessment Committee which regulates all aspects of
teaching quality;
The Undergraduate Studies Sub-Committee which oversees all undergraduate
programmes and ensures that significant changes to programmes and courses pass
through a sequence of formal stages, so that curricular changes are appropriate and
compatible with other developments.
The Teaching and Learning Centre offers advice and training towards enhancement
of teaching skills.