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CIP Module Descriptor


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CIP Module Descriptor

  1. 1. Criminology in the professionsModule Synopsis:The aim of the module is to set out how the methodological, academic and practical skillsgained from your degree can be applied to your professional development culminating inthe production of a professional development file. In partnership with the university’scareers service you will be encouraged to explore potential links between researching foracademic work and researching for relevant career applications and week by week youwill be involved in the development of a reflexive log, and various other items that aredesigned to develop your awareness of professional practice in professions related to yourcriminology degree.Outline syllabus Identification of career planning in a criminological context. Development of practical career planning skills. Reflection on the political, theoretical and practical context of the work done by selected visiting practitioners. Coverage of a variety of career possibilities and experiences. Evaluation and reflection.Learning Outcomes:Upon completion of this module you will be able to: Explore professional opportunities and recruitment and selection methods related to criminological study and understand how methodological and academic skills can support this exploration. Understand how a theoretical, political and practical reflection is useful in your personal professional development. To work independently and in a group situation to develop knowledge and techniques that can be applied to future recruitment opportunities. Reflect critically upon your own research skills and academic development.Teaching and Learning Strategy:Whilst it is clear how research skills are essential for academic study, this module showshow research techniques can be applied to other tasks, and encourages you to understandthe transfer of such skills to other life long learning strategies, such as personal careerdevelopment. The module starts with an introductory lecture that considers the manydifferent professional opportunities that might be available for graduates in criminology.This is supplemented by IT workshops to explore the availability and locations ofgraduate career information, and to work on C.V. building techniques plus number ofstudent led seminars that cover important practical career development skills. Leading onfrom this, a series of practitioner led lectures with supporting student led seminars willtake place where you will be asked to evaluate the practitioner contributions on a numberof levels. Throughout the module you will be expected to be involved in leading seminarsand also make weekly contributions to your personal reflexive log which will become[Type text]
  2. 2. Criminology in the professionspart of your personal professional development file (PDF) along with the practitionerevaluations, career development tasks, and a career development informationleaflet/magazine article. As is the case in the workplace, you will be expected to attendand participate professionally in all sessions. All students will take part in at least oneinformal presentation and one student led discussion and will be required to incorporatean assessment of their own and other student presentations/discussions in their PDF.Indicative Reading:Brown, A. (1998) Organisational Culture. London: Pitman.Burnett, R. & Roberts, C. (eds) (2004) What works in Probation and Youth Justice:Developing evidence based practice. Devon: Willan.Burgess, R. (ed) (1997) Beyond the first degree: graduate education, life long learning andcareers. Buckingham OUP.Crawley E. (2004) Doing Prison work: The public and private lives of prison officers. Devon:Willan.Elsmore, P. (2001) Organisational Culture: Organisational change? Aldershot: Ashgate.Foskett, N. (2001) Young peoples decision making in education, training and careersmarkets. London: Routledge Farmer.Rogers, C. and Lewis R. (eds) (2007) Introduction to police work. Devon: Willan.Thompson, P & McHugh D. (2002) Work organisations. Basingstoke: Palgrave.Ward, D., Scott, J. &Lacey, M. (2002) Probation: Working for justice.Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.Westmarland, L. (2001) Gender and Policing, sex power and police culture. Devon: Willan.Some useful websites:Civil Service fast track departments at‘Hot Prospects’ East Midlands graduate recruitment service at of Justice (Prisons) and Probation Service on ‘join us’ recruitment ‘Could you?’ at web site which allows you to search on over 800 career areas PrisonsSerco orG4S at or of Lincoln careers service at[Type text]