Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Criminology in Practice

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Criminology

DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is to ensure that students have the opportunity to see the work of different professionals working in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Students will have the possibility of spending 50 hours either on study-tour/s abroad or in approved criminal justice agencies or suitable NGOs in Malta or abroad during their second year of studies.

Study tours will be organised and managed by the Department of Criminology. The department will also draw-up a list of agencies willing to take students for the practical assignment. The aim is to give students a good working experience, however they are not to work directly with clients, but are encouraged to use this learning experience to increase their knowledge with regards to work in the criminal justice sector, through participating as much as possible in the day to day running of the agency and to pose critical questions.

Students will keep a reflective diary of their visits and will be asked to write a critical analysis of their work practical.

Study-unit Aims:

This study unit aims to:

- provide students with a learning experience by working in one or more criminal justice sectors;
- provide students with an understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of criminal justice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe the work of one or more professionals in the criminal justice system;
- demonstrate he/she has had exposure to a particular population in Criminal Justice;
- increase their knowledge about the cooperation between different criminal justice agencies;
- critically assess the work of one or more professions in the criminal justice system.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- assess the nature of the work in the different criminal justice fields;
- outline the different remits and missions of the criminal justice agencies;
- deliver a presentation on issues related to operational aspects;
- draft and outline of how the entities' work could be enhanced;
- outline the enforcement/security functions of the entity.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Andrews, D. A., and Bonta, J. (2006). Psychology of criminal conduct. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson.
- Olver, M.E., (2013). The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, 5th ed.(Book review), British Journal of Psychology, August, 2011, Vol.102(3), p.689(2).
- Tonry, M., (2013). 'The Oxford handbook of crime and criminal justice'. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (10 Minutes) SEM2 No 20%
Reflective Diary SEM2 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Gordon Sammut
Sandra Scicluna (Co-ord.)

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