The Criminology BAis a window on the world, giving insight into human diversity in complex societies and a textured view of our propensity to err, conflict, blame and punish.
This contemporary course combines key topics in the social sciences and law Â–such as crime, deviance, morality, conflict, censure and justice Â– with philosophy, history, cultural studies and a language. The result is an exceptional breadth and depth of perspective and context.
This is a research-driven, interdisciplinary programme that delivers an international body of knowledge, as well as research skills and critical thinking. The programme provides a strong intellectual background for anyone thinking of working in culturally sensitive areas such as policing, prisons, social work, journalism, politics, research, care, health and justice agencies, support groups, charities, film or television.
Year 1 Modules:
SC1003Criminology; a history and introduction (5 credits);
SC1004Criminology: key concepts, studies and issues (10 credits);
SC1013Key Issues in Sociology (10 credits);
SC1014Introduction to the Psychology of Crime (5 credits);
LW1168Introduction to the Legal System I (5 credits);
LW1169Introduction to the Legal System II (5 credits)
15 credits of language options in one of French, German, Spanish, Irish or Italianor
PH1001 (15 credits)or
15 credits of Government modules:
GV1217Introduction to Political Science (5 credits);
GV1204Democracy, Ideology and Utopia (5 credits) and
GV1207Politics and Government of Ireland
Year 2 Modules:
SC2021Sociology of Crime and Deviance (5 credits);
SC2024Contemporary Studies in Critical Criminology (10 credits);
SC2002Research Project (5 credits)
Forensic Sociology; Official Criminal Statistics, Crime and Media in Ireland; Victims and Victimology; Sex Offenders; Crime, Urbanisation and Cities; Coercive Confinement and Social Control in Ireland; Terrorism and Political Violence; Policing Modern Society; Comparative Perspectives on Policing; Policing and Popular Justice in Ireland, 1803-1960; Crime, Violence, and Revolutionary Ireland, 1913-1925; Education in Prisons; Anthropology and Social Control; Gender and Crime; Life-course Criminology and Desistance; Social Statistics; Penal Policy and Practice; Abnormal Psychology; Criminal Law; Criminal Evidence; International Human Rights Law; French; Gaeilge/Irish; German; Hispanic Studies; Italian
Year 3* Modules:
SC3017 andSC3037 Dissertation on a Criminological topic of your choice (15 credits); SC3051The Sociology of Evil (10 credits)
Electives (include many modules on offer from Year 2 as well as modules on):
Human Trafficking; Animals and Crime; Online Crime; Drugs, Crime and Society; Corporate Crime; Regulating the Environment; Forensic Psychology; Religion and Magic in Reformation Europe; Witches, Demons, Jews and Heretics; Censorship in Twentieth-Century Ireland; Abnormal Psychology; Political Philosophy; Professional Ethics; Social Theory; Sociology of Development and Globalization: Introduction to Planning and Sustainable Development; Sociology of Media; Sociology of Law; Sociology of Health and Illness; Social Statistics; Family, Gender, Sexualities; Forensic Psychology; French; Gaeilge/Irish; German; History; Hispanic Studies; Italian; Philosophy
*Students may opt to spend third year studying at a partner institution abroad if they are registered on the BA Criminology (International Pathway).
See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.
Course Code: CK113
Course Title: Criminology
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 3 or 4 years for the International Pathway
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BA (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Entry Points: 2016: 435. Points may vary from year to year.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Most modules use other types of assessment, such as essays.
In the final year, students must write a dissertation, which will normally be a literature review, on a topic of their choosing, and thus have the opportunity to undertake a substantial research.
EU Applicants:Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online atwww.cao.ie.The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through theCAOand applicants must also sit theMSAPexam. Mature applicants are very welcome in the study of crimonology on CK113.
Further Contact Information
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