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CRIM301: Criminology Innovation

Department: Law NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF6//RQF6
Study Level: Part II (final year) Credit Points: 30.0
Start Date: 10-10-2016 End Date: 01-05-2017
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Only available to students majoring in delivering department
Module Convenor: Dr SE Kingston

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • This is an optional 30 credit, final year module which takes Criminology students through a process of developing and practicing enterprise and innovation skills via a series of interactive lectures and the delivery of a live project for an organisation within, or connected to, the Criminal Justice System.   Students will learn to identify opportunities for resolving problems for organisations, becoming more aware of their existing competencies, and develop skills and knowledge essential to successful project development and management activities. The process will culminate in the delivery of a live project which will serve an identified need of one or more stakeholders to issues relating to crime and criminal justice.  Examples of such projects could include (but not be limited to), engaging the public in crime prevention and supporting advocacy campaigns. Stakeholders students work with could include organisations such as the police, probation services, and those within the voluntary sector supporting ex-offenders and victims of crime.


    Topics studied will typically include:



    Key issues faced by private, public sector and voluntary organisations within the criminal justice system, crime prevention, rehabilitation and victim support

    The innovation process: identifying problems, spotting opportunities and delivering change

    Undertaking market research to develop new ways of working

    Developing projects in partnership with professional bodies and organsiations

    Planning and managing a project into delivery - tools and techniques

    Costing projects and budgeting

    Understanding logistical issues in mounting succesful projects

    Evaluating the impact of interventions using qualitative and quantitative approaches

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • BA (Hons) Criminology

  • 30% Reflective report
  • 40% Proposal
  • 30% Case Study

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • The individual case study (2000 words, 30%) requires students to provide a critical discussion around a key issue(s) facing organisations within, and connected to, the criminal justice system and how individuals or organisations have developed innovative solutions in response, normally through a case study of specified practitioners or organisations.


    Students will work in groups to produce the Group Project Proposal for an innovation project (equivalent to 2,000 words per student, 40%). This will normally include a stakeholder research report, details of collaborating organisations, a project plan, communications strategy, funding proposal, budget, logistical documentation and a methodology for evaluating the project. Students will be awarded a group mark for the proposal, however, peer assessment will allow for the adjustment of an individual's mark, depending upon their contribution, up or down a grade point.

    The individual Evaluation and Reflective report (2500 words, 30%) will provide a critical reflection and analysis on the development of skills, knowledge and attributes necessary for innovating within the sector.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the way in which innovation occurs within the Criminal Justice System.  It will aim to develop their understanding of the world of professional practice and reflect academically on the key issues facing practitioners within criminology fields and how these are overcome.  The main aims of the module are: -

    1.       Understand the criminal justice context and how this impacts upon the production and distribution of criminology-related services and products

    2.       Be able to articulate the value of their own ideas within relevant cultural, social and political contexts

    3.       Possess a working understanding of the key management and entrepreneurial processes and skills involved in delivering change in the professional contexts in which criminology graduates work. Such contexts include criminal justice, crime prevention, rehabilitation and victim support.

    4.       Be able to reflect upon the skills sets, knowledge, attributes and behaviours relevant for delivering innovative solutions within the above contexts.

    5. Understand the processes involved in proposing, delivering and evaluating a viable project which delivers change 

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The module will enable students to develop a range of generic skills and knowledge that will be relevant for entering into the professional world.  These include: -

    1. Self-management and organisational skills: demonstrating reliability, flexibility and resourcefulness in their work.
    2. Team-working: the ability to work effectively with other members of their project team.
    3. Communication skills: develop oral and written skills needed to communicate ideas to a range of stakeholders.
    4. Problem-solving:  ability to develop ideas and engage intelligently with new and complex issues.
    5. Information search: locate, retrieve and evaluate information from a variety of relevant sources.  

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    1. Demonstrate a critical understanding how innovation occurs within the criminal justice context.
    2. Articulate the value of their own ideas within relevant cultural, social and political contexts.
    3. Demonstrate a working understanding of the key management and entrepreneurial processes and skills involved in delivering innovative projects which tackle issues within the criminal justice and related areas.
    4. Propose, deliver and evaluate a viable project which serves the needs of one or more stakeholders to criminal justice
    5. Be able to reflect critically upon the knowledge, skills and attributes relevant for employment in the sector.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to...

    1. Organise their time and prioritise their work.
    2. Demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills when working in project groups.
    3. Communicate effectively in a range of contexts with individuals and groups.
    4. Demonstrate information retrieval/research skills.

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