Criminology is the study of crime and criminal behaviour from a social perspective. It studies thecauses of crime, who commits crime, what motivates the criminals, how criminal behaviour can be predicted and deterred and effect of crime on individuals and society.There are many career choices for criminologists. Many are employed by law-enforcement agencies. Many choose to work in state and federal levels, victim’s services agencies and some join private detectiveagencies. Criminologists also join the police to train as crime scene investigators or detectives, whilstmany pursue legal and forensic relatedcareers. Diploma, Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degree programs are offered in the field of criminology. Undergraduate criminology programs are more common, but many careers in this field require an advanced degree. Duration of undergraduate criminology degree is of three years. Here are some topics you may study while earning your degree.
First Year modules
First year of the programme provides an introduction to understanding crimefrom a social, historical and political context. First year modules may include Crime and social life, Introduction to Legal Systems, Criminology: A history and introduction, Criminology: key concepts, studies and issues, Key Issues in Sociology, Introduction to the Psychology of Crime.
Second Year Modules
Core modules in second year provide a deeper coverage of the range of criminological knowledge. In your second you may study Criminological Thought, Understanding Criminological Fieldwork and Measuring Crime, Research Methodology; Sociology of Crime and Deviance, Criminological thought, Measuring Crime, Understanding Criminological Fieldwork.Electives may include Crime, Urbanisation and Cities; Coercive Confinement and Social Control in Ireland; Terrorism and Political Violence; Policing Modern Society; Education in Prisons; Anthropology and Social Control; Gender and Crime; Life-course Criminology and Desistance; Penal Policy and Practice; Criminal Law; Criminal Evidence and International Human Rights Law.
Third Year Modules
In the third year, students have to write a Dissertation on a Criminological on topic of their choice. And elective subjects may include Corporate Crime; Youth Crime; Regulating the Environment; Forensic Psychology; Censorship in Twentieth-Century Ireland; Modern Political Thought; Environmental Ethics and Political Theory; Moral Responsibility; Human Nature and Free Will; Social Theory; Sociology of Development and Globalization: Introduction to Planning and Sustainable Development; Sociology of Media; Sociology of Law; Sociology of Health and Illness; Philosophy of Social Science and Family, Gender, Sexualities.
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