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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Arts (Honours)






B.A. (Hons)

First Cycle

3 Years



The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) aims:

• To provide students with a general and detailed knowledge and understanding of crime and criminology.

• To equip students with a knowledge and understanding of criminological theories and concepts which offer explanations as to why people engage in criminal acts.

• To enable students to understand the role of the courts, policing and corrections in criminal justice.

• To address issues in criminology, particularly the roles of class, sex and race/ethnicity in criminal behavior and the social policy and correctional responses to it.

• To provide students with a knowledge and understanding, and capacity to use qualitative and quantitative methods of social research and social investigation.

• To teach students how to utilize the appropriate technology in criminology and criminal justice study and research.

• To enable students to develop the ability to apply criminology theories, principles and concepts to address “real life” issues and situations in the criminal justice field, and thus the ability to engage in critical thinking/analysis.

• To prepare students for progression to Masters’ courses and Ph.D. programmes
LEARNING OUTCOMES At the end of the BA (Hons) Degree Programme, students will have:

• An understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of criminology, criminological theory, methods and substantive analysis.

• An ability to apply analytical tools to specific areas of study, including crime and how it is defined, and various approaches to punishment.

• An understanding of criminal justice agencies and how they operate, including the police, courts, prisons and probation, and the contours of decision-making in criminal justice.

• The ability to analyse major theoretical issues in criminology and identify their applied relevance.

• The ability to understand the evidence presented in criminological studies, and to assess the appropriateness of the methods used, their value and their limitations.

• The ability to present ideas, arguments and data effectively.

• The ability to understand the social policy and practical application of the range of methods for controlling criminals and delinquents, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the applied crime/deviance control methods.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Criminologists strive to understand: why people commit crime, how they can be dissuaded from engaging in crime, how criminals/delinquents/potential delinquents should be treated and how victims of crime (including victims of domestic violence) could be helped. Therefore BA (Hons) graduates may find employment in the criminal justice system as police officers, correctional officers or probation officers and in other agencies (even care agencies) that deal with criminogenic populations. In addition, BA (Hons) might find employment in the private sector (e.g. private policing, security and insurance agencies).

As from September, 2011, successful BA (Hons) students may opt to read the full-time, MA in Probation Services offered by the Institute of Criminology. Alternatively, they may opt to further their studies abroad to pursue work and career opportunities.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is of special interest to persons seeking a career in the criminal justice system or a career elsewhere that involves dealing with criminogenic or potentially criminogenic populations. Naturally this course would be particularly beneficial to criminal justice employees and other professionals who deal with crime, criminal victimization and offenders.
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the second year of the course.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Students may be registered for the course of studies leading to the Degree if they obtain the Diploma and renounce to the award of the Diploma.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2011. For more detailed information please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
Local/EU Applicants: No Fees Applicable

Non-EU Applicants: €7,500 for Academic Year 2011/2012
€8,000 for Academic Year 2012/2013
€8,000 for Academic Year 2013/2014



Last Updated: 17 April 2014
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.
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