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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology (Gozo)








B.A. (Hons) Criminology(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

5 Years

Part-time Evening


Janice Formosa Pace

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology 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 B.A. (Hons) in Criminology 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) in Criminology 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, they might find employment in the private sector (e.g. private policing, security and insurance agencies, insurance agencies, digital gaming and cyber security).

This programme gives access to the M.A. in Probation Services and the M.A. in Criminology (by Research) offered by the Department 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.
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.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held on 13 September 2017. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview during the last two weeks of September 2017. These dates cannot be changed. Such applicants shall be exempted from sitting for the proficiency test if they are in possession of SEC level English at grade 5 or better or equivalent. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' (those who will be sitting for the proficiency test and/or interview) is 31 August 2017. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2017.

Eligible applicants are required to pass both the written examination and the interview. The interviewing board appointed by the Board of Studies shall be composed of at least three persons.

Applicants may also be required to submit a Learning Portfolio. Further information about the Portfolio will be forwarded to applicants.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 5 October 2017
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