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Our Criminology and Forensic Science course is taught by research-active criminologists and experienced former forensic practitioners and will give you an insight into the study of crime and its investigation within the criminal justice system.

The course has two distinct themes – the criminological theme covers the theory of crime, how society is policed and the issues and alternatives to custodial sentencing. The forensic science theme addresses the scientific theory and practical techniques that are used in crime scene examination and the laboratory to allow you to locate, examine and interpret evidential material for the courtroom. In doing so you will be provided with significant hands-on laboratory experience in, for example, analytical chemistry, blood pattern interpretation, DNA analysis and fibre examination.

95% of students say that staff are good at explaining things and are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (National Student Survey, 2016)

You will have the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement within the scientific field after the second year of study.

This course is designed to support and inspire you to high achievement and professionalism in your future career. Building on fundamental knowledge and laboratory skills, you will develop into an independent graduate who can tackle complex problems with confidence, skill and maturity.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Course Information

UCAS Code
MF94

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Applied Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Applied Sciences

The Department of Applied Sciences has an exciting and extensive portfolio of subjects including biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, forensic science, food and nutritional sciences.

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The early stages of the course are designed to give you a solid theoretical and practical grounding in the key science areas and criminological theory applicable to the degree. This foundation is built on in subsequent years as you develop natural curiosity and critical thinking, ensuring greater independent learning and thought.

You will develop critical thinking skills and the ability to present clearly supported/evidence-based opinions as you progress through the course. The problem-based approach to teaching establishes these skills at an early stage and culminates in the final year project in your chosen specialism.

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Our teaching team are active researchers in their chosen specialisms who routinely incorporate their expertise and enthusiasm into their teaching. Many of the forensic staff have worked in forensic science laboratories and have been involved in high profile cases such as the Suffolk Strangler and the murder of Joanna Yeates. Specialisms include drugs and toxicology, the analysis of textile fibres and their transfer and persistence, DNA profiling and ancient DNA analysis. They are well-established within professional forensic science societies and organisations, which directly inform policy and practices within the field, and continue to maintain close links with the industry, including the police, acting as consultants in cases of major crime.

Our criminology staff play leading roles within professional associations such as the British Society of Criminology and the Academy of the Social Sciences, and serve on the editorial boards of leading disciplinary journals. Their research interests include criminal justice systems, policy mobilities, policing, mental health offenders and green crime.

All our academic research is internationally recognised and embedded into the design and delivery of every module, ensuring your learning is at the forefront of developments within the criminology and forensic science sector.

Staff / Meet the Team

Our students learn from the best inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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Northumbria University has invested heavily in an impressive suite of analytical equipment allowing you to gain first-hand experience of the techniques used in operational laboratories. You will have access to a bespoke crime scene house for crime scene investigations and a former magistrates’ court to participate in mock court sessions. Students can also access Return to Scene (R2S) software which provides a 360 degree interactive scan of a crime scene allowing you to perform further analysis in detail.

Technology enabled learning is embedded throughout the course including apps and the eLearning Portal, digital reading lists, self-assessment and formal electronic assessments.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

  

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Research informs all aspects of the course, and many lecturers incorporate their own research into teaching to ensure that content is current and relevant.

Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science (NUFCS) and the Northumbria Centre for Crime and Justice are established research centres within the University, dedicated to pushing the frontiers of knowledge in forensic science and criminology. Their findings are regularly included in taught material, maintaining the contemporary nature of the course.


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The course has a strong industry-related focus. It includes an optional one-year work placement, STEM ambassador activities, volunteering activities within the local communities, work-based learning and/or study abroad. We offer an innovative approach to work-based learning with an emphasis on problem-solving. The curriculum has been specifically designed to enhance your subject knowledge and practical skills while providing opportunities for personal and professional development.

Your positive attitude, ethics and approach is developed through team working, independent learning, professional practice and volunteering opportunities. You will graduate able to articulately and effectively communicate with a wide range of audiences through a variety of platforms.

 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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The fundamental practices and procedures of criminology and forensic science, together with logical thinking, attention to detail and a questioning mind, establish transferable skills to a range of careers and disciplines. Confidence, developed through intellectual curiosity, practical and theoretical problem solving, enables criminology and forensic science graduates to respectively interact in professional arenas.

Many of our recent alumni now work in roles within the police, forensic science laboratories and analytical chemistry laboratories, criminal justice and social work settings, or in varied careers in teaching, research, local and national government and third sector employment. Others have moved on to postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths, English Language and a Science subject at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:
BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level to include, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British      Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0      (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson      Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of      Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualif

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0400 -

Practical Skills in Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will cover the basic scientific knowledge and practical skills required of a scientist. Topics will include microscopy, required mathematical calcllations, basic laboratory skills such as use of Gilson pipettes, practices of documenting forensic examinations, scientific report writing and referencing and presentation skills.

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AP0401 -

Process and Practices in Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the key principles, practice and processes of forensic science. You will gain an understanding of the role of a forensic scientist and appreciate the types of evidence that they examine as well as other key stakeholders. You will understand the importance of the continuity and integrity of exhibits from scene to court, understand the deposition and transfer and persistence of materials and you will develop your practical skills with search and recovery techniques. You will also develop observational and note taking skills aligned to a forensic examination. Unseen examination and a practical assessment will assess your knowledge, understanding and skills associated with the key principles of forensic science.

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AP0418 -

Fundamentals of Biology and Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn the fundamental principles of biology and chemistry required to provide the necessary background level of understanding for progression onto second year of study when the basic science is applied to forensic specialisms such as toxicology, trace evidence analysis and DNA profiling. Topics covered on this module will include:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Cell biology
• Genetics
• Fundamental chemistry principles
• Chemical extraction and sample preparation techniques
• Analytical techniques

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CR4001 -

Explaining Crime: An Introduction to Criminology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the study of crime, the core themes and issues associated with criminological knowledge and methods of enquiry, as well as the key issues and debates within the discipline of criminology.
Weekly lectures and seminars will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to introduce you to key issues in the definition and conceptualisation of crime, deviance and control; to situate the study of crime and criminology within the interior and exterior contexts of theory, research, policy and practice; to provide an understanding of some key perspectives, approaches and methods of studying crime and criminology; and to allow you to undertake study on all aspects of the module culminating in 1. writing an essay and 2. producing a group poster presentation, which together will demonstrate your detailed knowledge and understanding of one particular type of crime, and how you might use one particular theory to explain why people commit this crime type.

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CR4002 -

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (Core,20 Credits)

Criminal justice is rarely out of the news: there is a regular stream of stories alleging that conditions in prisons are too comfortable, that the courts are not handing out sufficiently harsh sentences, that people are being released from prison when they are still a danger to society, that young offenders can ignore the law and that police officers have been involved in misconduct. In this module you will look behind the headlines and understand what the agencies of the criminal justice system do, the constraints that they operate under and the historical developments that led to their current situation. You will go on a journey through criminal justice from arrest by the police, to the decision to prosecute and appearing in court, to punishment either in prison or the community and (in the case of the most serious offences) release from prison by the parole board. You will also consider elements of criminal justice that fall outside this process: the promotion of community safety, the system for dealing with young people who offend and the method of correcting injustices that are associated with criminal justice agencies.

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CR4013 -

Crime Myths and Realities (Core,20 Credits)

Whilst learning about a number of significant criminal case studies from the UK, you will learn to develop critical thinking skills relating to crime and the way crime is researched, reported and represented. In the course of the module, you will also learn some of the vital skills necessary to be a criminologist, relating to critical thinking, academic referencing, researching crime and society, and interpreting crime statistics.

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JE5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Applied Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AP0501 -

Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning on this module will be situated within the ethical, social and legal implications associated with forensic science’s contribution to crime investigation and research. You will learn how to effectively design, conduct and review academic research – skills that are relevant and transferable to 2nd and final year academic study.

As part of the module you will learn how to:
• effectively search and use e-literacy techniques to enable you to critically analyse academic literature relevant to forensic science and associated disciplines.
• undertake quantitative and qualitative methods of research such as experimental data and statistics, interviews, focus groups and observations.
• effectively communicate your opinions whilst also acknowledging the work of others through appropriate citation and evidence of wider reading.
• review and consider the requirements and expectations of a scientist to ensure your own research is ethical, safe, peer reviewed and statistically supported.

Your learning will take place within the practice and research of forensic science. As such, you will be required to demonstrate an appreciation of the differing ethical implications associated with real world crime investigation and the constraints that impact and influence laboratory based and desk based research.

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AP0532 -

Harmonisation of criminology and forensic science in the Criminal Justice System (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how criminological theories have developed in contemporary society. You will also learn how these theories can be applied to complement scientific strategies associated with crimes and challenges facing the Police and Criminal Justice System. You will discover the impact these advancements have upon both society and upon forensic science. By understanding crime, contemporary policing, prisons and imprisonment within the criminal justice system, crime prevention strategies will be evaluated for their effectiveness for particular crime types. For example, you will explore current research and innovation strategies that combine innovative science and technological advances with criminological research in response to existing, new and emerging crimes and challenges. You will address key themes such as:
• Crime/policing – e.g. the prevention and detection of drugs in society, volume crime, human trafficking
• Security and counter terrorism – e.g. prevention and detection of terrorism activities (domestic versus international), radicalisation and
• Policing/identity management – e.g. surveillance in society, crime mapping and the role of biometric identification

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AP0533 -

Core Disciplines in Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the theory, knowledge and practical application of the core disciplines within forensic science. You will cover the identification, application and subsequent interpretation of trace material, toxicology, body fluids and DNA within the context of a forensic investigation. You will gain an appreciation of the complexity of differing case types, such as murder or burglary, and understand that each requires a different forensic strategy that is bespoke to the individual case, depending on what exhibits are available for examination and what needs to be established. You will apply case assessment and interpretation theory to enable you to develop a fit for purpose forensic strategy appropriate to a given case example. By the end of this module you will have an overall comprehension of how forensic science can aid and support a crime investigation.

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CR5002 -

Crime, Media and Film (Optional,20 Credits)

On this cutting edge module, you will explore the intriguing yet complex relationship between crime, media and film. The module will explore the ways in which factual and fictional accounts of crime are produced, distributed and consumed. Using contemporary examples and drawing on the criminological literature, it will begin by critically examining the changing ways in which crime news is made, how victims, offenders and criminal justice agencies are represented in the news, and the effects crime news has on society. The module will then critically analyse a variety of fictional sources such as television dramas, novels, video games, comics and focus in particular on films where crime is central. Here it will explore both classic and contemporary films, considering the ways in which crime, its causes, consequences and the cities in which the films are situated are represented and the reasons behind this.

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CR5003 -

Gender, Crime and Victimisation (Optional,20 Credits)

In societies across the globe crime and victimisation is unevenly spread with distinct patterns to offending for different crime types being evidenced in results from various types of crimes surveys and other types of research data. Men and women perpetrate crime and experience criminal victimisation in distinctive ways. This module examines how crime and the process of criminalisation and social controls are gendered and how gender impacts upon and influences the experiences and recovery from crime and victimisation in society. You will be exploring how gender:

• mediates the patterns to, as well as our concerns and fears about, crime and victimisation - especially sexual violence and substance use;
• shapes how crime is reported and made visible in different public, private and institutional locations and settings;
• has impacted upon how criminologists explain why crime happens and how it should be dealt with;
• contributes to how victims and witnesses experience the criminal justice system;

In viewing the crime and victimisation problem through a gendered lens, you will learn how specific conceptualisations of masculinity and femininity are played out in news media reporting of crime and victimisation and in the criminal justice system. In examining all of the above you will also be considering whether and when gender matters most in understanding crime and the experience and recovery from victimisation.

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CR5004 -

Policing and Regulation (Core,20 Credits)

Historically, it can be argued that the social sciences have paid little attention to those stages in the criminalisation process which intervene between legislation and the application of penal measures to the convicted offender. Specifically, systematic and critical analysis and research into policing and law enforcement agencies only emerged and developed during the second half of the twentieth century. Indeed, it was an epistemological break during the 1960s which first opened the intellectual floodgates to the study of policing. Since then, the nature of policing has radically evolved and expanded – with an increased scrutiny of the public police, considerable growth of private security, and the formal regulation of goods, services and people. It is these contemporary parameters of policing and regulation, through a critical examination of contemporary theory, empirical, policy and practice perspectives that inform the content of this module.

The module is split into four parts:

Part 1 is concerned with laying the theoretical foundation needed to develop a critical understanding of policing and regulation. Here you will explore the differences between ‘the police’ and ‘policing’ and ‘regulation’ and you will examine some of the key sociological theories and concepts that attempt to rationalise these formal mechanisms in society e.g. risk, Marxism, neoliberalism and globalisation.

In Part 2, you will learn all about public policing in England and Wales. You will track the historical development of the public police and explore the social, economic and political developments that have shaped the role and function, structure and accountability frameworks. You will examine key stakeholders, different models of policing, and contemporary reform initiatives. You will also compare the public police in England and Wales with other jurisdictions (to include Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Part 3 you will focus on the growth of private security and organisations involved in policing beyond the public police. You will examine reasons for this growth and critically explore some of the contemporary challenges. You will also learn about hybrid models of policing where public and private police provisions work collaboratively.

In Part 4, examples of increased regulation in society will be scrutinised. You will examine the regulation of people (e.g. through immigration mechanisms; environmental/climate quotas); goods (e.g. drugs; counterfeit items and animals); and service (e.g. sex work). The correlation between regulation and policing will be explored.

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CR5005 -

Prisons and Punishment (Core,20 Credits)

Punishing people for breaking the law is clearly one of the most important elements of the criminal justice system. But how are people punished? Why are people punished? Is punishment really the best way to change people’s future behaviour?

This is an important module for all students studying any aspect of criminology, and it will ask you to think about whether and how different penal theories (ideas about punishment) are practised in the UK and around the globe. For example, is it possible to have an effective criminal justice system that has elements of both retributive and reparative justice? How might these possibly competing ideas work in harmony? Can we punish people for the things that they have done wrong, while at the same time try to get people to address their offending behaviour?

We will then explore the role and emergence of the modern prison in England and Wales. We will look at internal cultures and organisation of prisons and community sentences. We will consider how they are managed and inspected, and how news about the state of prisons is communicated to the ‘outside’ world. Most importantly we will consider the impact on prisoners and offenders of policy changes over the last 50 years. This will include comparing styles of policy and practice in Europe (including looking at Nordic exceptionalism), the ‘Americanisation’ of the penal system, and the role of privatisation on prisons and community sentences.

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CR5008 -

Youth Crime and Deviance (Optional,20 Credits)

The principal aim of this module is to provide students with historical, theoretical and comparative perspectives of diverse forms of youth crime and deviance. It will expose students to a diverse range of empirically based research studies from social science disciplines and illustrate the connection to deeper critical understandings of youth crime and deviance Through this module, students will explore key trends in terms of youth crime and deviance, the historical development of the concept of youth, both classical and contemporary theories of youth crime and deviance, the development of the youth justice system over time and a series of case study issues, including youth homelessness, illicit drug use, knife crime and gang violence.

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AP0536 -

Study Abroad (Optional,120 Credits)

This study abroad module is designed for standard full-time undergraduate programmes to provide you with the option to take an additional one year study abroad within your programme.

Study abroad provides an opportunity to develop personal skills in a different learning environment with a partner university. The module does not affect the classification of your degree, but if successfully passed the study abroad year is recognised in your transcript and degree certificate. There is a competitive selection process for placements and places cannot be guaranteed.

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AP0550 -

Academic Exchange Semester Study Abroad (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere on a negotiated programme of study related to the award subject. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

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AP0552 -

Industrial Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Industrial Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a Industrial Placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of Industrial Placement at an approved placement partner. This broadens your overall experience of learning by embedding your current and future learning of your discipline within a regimented and target-oriented work environment. The course of Industrial Placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your Industrial Placement year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Industrial Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Industrial Placement Year)”.

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Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the group consultancy work will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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AP0601 -

Complex Casework (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the practical attributes of forensic science from the onset of a case through to the presentation of evidence in a court of law. It expands upon core forensic science disciplines and processes taught in previous years and focuses upon the strategy setting, examination and the delivery of interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence within the context of complex case situations. You will study the importance of working together with key stakeholders (police, forensic pathologists, crime scene managers) in determining forensic strategy and priortistaion of key exhibits prior to commencing their practical examination. Whilst the emphasis on this module will be practical based with you undertaking the examination of forensic exhibits, it will be underpinned through taught lectures and seminars.

By the end of this module you will have gained an understanding of the difficulties of complex casework and conveying complex scientific information to the lay person.

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AP0628 -

Advanced Specialisms in Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to specialise in a particular area of forensic science, choosing from: trace evidence; drugs and toxicology or forensic genetics. As part of your studies you will demonstrate deeper theoretical knowledge and greater practical skill in the application and methodology of your chosen field. You will evaluate and critically appraise the scientific advances in your chosen field and their importance to crime investigation. Your practical and transferable laboratory skills will be strengthened in your chosen topic as you undertake bespoke experimentation to recover material and assess its significance. As part of your assessment you will evaluate both the theoretical and practical application of your chosen area within the context of crime investigation – considering the professional, social and legal issues where appropriate.

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AP0629 -

Interdisciplinary Criminology and Forensic Science Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module will provide you with an opportunity to independently review and evaluate a research question that encompasses both the criminological and scientific disciplines. You will independently examine the historical and contemporary theories that are currently applied to explaining crime from the perspective of the victim, offender and the environment. You will evaluate the effectiveness of the subsequent prevention strategies and appraise how these are complemented by the scientific and innovative technological approaches to detect crime. In doing so, you will adopt a critical and analytical approach to support innovative solutions for regulating, policing, preventing and detecting crime.

With the support of a dissertation supervisor within each discipline, you will seek to develop and answer a research question using research enquiry and tutored based techniques, for example collecting your own data, using existing data sets or by engaging in an analysis of the research literature. You will apply your information retrieval and critical appraisal skills with discussion of your results culminating in the production of a written dissertation that appraises criminological theory and scientific practice.

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CR6003 -

Crime and Society in Newcastle and Amsterdam (Optional,20 Credits)

On this cutting edge module you will explore two important cities – Newcastle and Amsterdam – to compare and contrast key criminological and sociological issues in both places. The module offers important insights into the city in which you study (Newcastle) and a city that is often featured in the media and academic literature, often portrayed as an innovative, liberal, if controversial, city from which other cities might learn lessons from (Amsterdam). On the module you will consider a number of important issues such as the way in which both cities have developed and evolved; the relations between both cities; the way crime and society operates in both cities; and how crime and other social issues are governed. A key part of the module is the Amsterdam fieldtrip where you visit Amsterdam, be taken on tours of the city, and conduct small group fieldwork on an important issue in the city (for instance, sex work, drugs, policing, the night-time economy, urban regeneration and gentrification, cycling), and consider whether Newcastle should emulate ‘Amsterdam-style’ policies.

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CR6007 -

Mentally Disordered Offenders (Optional,20 Credits)

Mentally disordered offenders: “mad, bad and dangerous to know”? During this module you will begin to explore who ‘they’ are, what ‘they’ do, why we are afraid of ‘them’, how we identify ‘them’ and what we are doing about ‘them’.
You will learn about and critique mentally disordered offender theory and practice, including: developing a critical understanding to the concept of ‘mentally disordered offenders’; the links between mental disorder and crime; the links between the mass media and the public in the development of the concept of the ‘dangerous offender’; the development of Forensic Psychiatry and its impact on the concept of ‘risk’ and ‘risk assessment’; and a critical assessment of the impact of policy developments on approaches to the care and/or control of mentally disordered offenders.

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CR6008 -

Restoration, Rehabilitation and Desistance (Optional,20 Credits)

Do children who break the law always turn into adult offenders? What might help someone change their behaviour? Is it always the impact of a criminal justice intervention that makes someone desist from crime? This module will look at all of these questions.

The first part will track the nature and complexity of criminal careers. It will demonstrate different ways in which offenders come to be engaged in crime and the extent to which starting early is a predictor of a criminal career. After considering the different ways in which criminal careers are sustained and developed, you will look at the interventions criminal justice and aligned organisations put in place to change offenders’ behaviour.

We will investigate forms of restorative justice and reparation, and question whether, and how, they might fit within different criminal justice systems around the world. For example, what might the role of ‘circles of support’ be in a risk adverse society? The module will also look at whether some activities in prison might have a role in desistance after release. For example are creative, artistic, spiritual and sporting activities a hook for changing offending behaviour after release?

Throughout the module we will consider UK and international criminal justice practice, and question the impact of social, political and cultural contexts of restoration, rehabilitation and desistance. You will be encouraged to explore all of these elements from cultural and critical criminological perspectives.

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CR6017 -

Deviant Leisure (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to equip students with a detailed understanding of consumer culture, social deviance and the concept of social harm in order to look at leisure as a legitimate area of criminological enquiry. The module begins by exploring the theoretical underpinnings of criminology’s traditional analysis of leisure, before progressing on to more recent theoretical debates in the field. Students will understand the role of globalisation, political economy and social change in the development of leisure and the rise of a consumer culture, and the importance of developments in the field of social harm to the discipline of criminology. Drawing upon our own research and existing case studies, the module will turn to contemporary social problems surrounding leisure, deviance and harm both locally and globally. This includes but is not limited to: the night-time economy; gambling; social media and new technologies; consumer culture and environmental harm; transgressive risk-taking in urban space; and recreational and image-enhancing drugs.

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CR6018 -

Crime, Animals and the Environment (Optional,20 Credits)

Is there a relationship between violence against animals and violence against humans? Why is it okay to kill certain animals, but a crime to kill others? How do large corporations get away with polluting the planet? How can we address crimes against animals and the environment? These are all questions we will attempt to address on this module. As part of your studies you will learn about the emerging and competing perspectives and frameworks regarding the neglected topic of crimes and harms against animals and the environment. In a module offered at very few universities, you are introduced to the philosophies and perspectives of Green Criminology and Critical Animal Studies. You will develop skills that enable you to critically analyse notions of crime and harm, and social and ecological justice in relation to animal abuse, deforestation, wildlife, pollution and many other areas that pertain to green and environmental crime and victimisation. While honing verbal and written skills, this module will give you the working knowledge to discuss the type, scope, and impacts of green and animal-related crimes and harms and how this is different from street and ‘traditional’ volume crimes. This module provides a fresh new area of criminological scholarship which you will contribute to in discussion and debate with the module tutors and fellow students - examining crime from new and cutting edge perspectives.

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CR6020 -

Understanding Extreme Violence (Optional,20 Credits)

This module looks at three distinct but inter-related aspects of violence: structural violence, symbolic violence and subjective violence. Analyses of structural violence looks principally at the violence of systems. It is the unseen violence that occurs every day; the violence that needs to take place so that contemporary western consumer societies to continue onwards in their present form. Analyses of symbolic violence focus on the violence of language and symbols. Bourdieu’s account of symbolic violence, for example, addresses the ability of the powerful to deny the working class a language that might allow them to understand their true value and social position. Analyses of subjective violence focus on forms of violence committed by clearly identifiable ‘subjects’, or individuals. In this module, we will use psychoanalytic theory to identify the fundamental forces that drive the violent individual to inflict harm upon others.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0400 -

Practical Skills in Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will cover the basic scientific knowledge and practical skills required of a scientist. Topics will include microscopy, required mathematical calcllations, basic laboratory skills such as use of Gilson pipettes, practices of documenting forensic examinations, scientific report writing and referencing and presentation skills.

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AP0401 -

Process and Practices in Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the key principles, practice and processes of forensic science. You will gain an understanding of the role of a forensic scientist and appreciate the types of evidence that they examine as well as other key stakeholders. You will understand the importance of the continuity and integrity of exhibits from scene to court, understand the deposition and transfer and persistence of materials and you will develop your practical skills with search and recovery techniques. You will also develop observational and note taking skills aligned to a forensic examination. Unseen examination and a practical assessment will assess your knowledge, understanding and skills associated with the key principles of forensic science.

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AP0418 -

Fundamentals of Biology and Chemistry (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn the fundamental principles of biology and chemistry required to provide the necessary background level of understanding for progression onto second year of study when the basic science is applied to forensic specialisms such as toxicology, trace evidence analysis and DNA profiling. Topics covered on this module will include:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Cell biology
• Genetics
• Fundamental chemistry principles
• Chemical extraction and sample preparation techniques
• Analytical techniques

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CR4001 -

Explaining Crime: An Introduction to Criminology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the study of crime, the core themes and issues associated with criminological knowledge and methods of enquiry, as well as the key issues and debates within the discipline of criminology.
Weekly lectures and seminars will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to introduce you to key issues in the definition and conceptualisation of crime, deviance and control; to situate the study of crime and criminology within the interior and exterior contexts of theory, research, policy and practice; to provide an understanding of some key perspectives, approaches and methods of studying crime and criminology; and to allow you to undertake study on all aspects of the module culminating in 1. writing an essay and 2. producing a group poster presentation, which together will demonstrate your detailed knowledge and understanding of one particular type of crime, and how you might use one particular theory to explain why people commit this crime type.

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CR4002 -

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (Core,20 Credits)

Criminal justice is rarely out of the news: there is a regular stream of stories alleging that conditions in prisons are too comfortable, that the courts are not handing out sufficiently harsh sentences, that people are being released from prison when they are still a danger to society, that young offenders can ignore the law and that police officers have been involved in misconduct. In this module you will look behind the headlines and understand what the agencies of the criminal justice system do, the constraints that they operate under and the historical developments that led to their current situation. You will go on a journey through criminal justice from arrest by the police, to the decision to prosecute and appearing in court, to punishment either in prison or the community and (in the case of the most serious offences) release from prison by the parole board. You will also consider elements of criminal justice that fall outside this process: the promotion of community safety, the system for dealing with young people who offend and the method of correcting injustices that are associated with criminal justice agencies.

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CR4013 -

Crime Myths and Realities (Core,20 Credits)

Whilst learning about a number of significant criminal case studies from the UK, you will learn to develop critical thinking skills relating to crime and the way crime is researched, reported and represented. In the course of the module, you will also learn some of the vital skills necessary to be a criminologist, relating to critical thinking, academic referencing, researching crime and society, and interpreting crime statistics.

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JE5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Applied Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AP0501 -

Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

Your learning on this module will be situated within the ethical, social and legal implications associated with forensic science’s contribution to crime investigation and research. You will learn how to effectively design, conduct and review academic research – skills that are relevant and transferable to 2nd and final year academic study.

As part of the module you will learn how to:
• effectively search and use e-literacy techniques to enable you to critically analyse academic literature relevant to forensic science and associated disciplines.
• undertake quantitative and qualitative methods of research such as experimental data and statistics, interviews, focus groups and observations.
• effectively communicate your opinions whilst also acknowledging the work of others through appropriate citation and evidence of wider reading.
• review and consider the requirements and expectations of a scientist to ensure your own research is ethical, safe, peer reviewed and statistically supported.

Your learning will take place within the practice and research of forensic science. As such, you will be required to demonstrate an appreciation of the differing ethical implications associated with real world crime investigation and the constraints that impact and influence laboratory based and desk based research.

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AP0532 -

Harmonisation of criminology and forensic science in the Criminal Justice System (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how criminological theories have developed in contemporary society. You will also learn how these theories can be applied to complement scientific strategies associated with crimes and challenges facing the Police and Criminal Justice System. You will discover the impact these advancements have upon both society and upon forensic science. By understanding crime, contemporary policing, prisons and imprisonment within the criminal justice system, crime prevention strategies will be evaluated for their effectiveness for particular crime types. For example, you will explore current research and innovation strategies that combine innovative science and technological advances with criminological research in response to existing, new and emerging crimes and challenges. You will address key themes such as:
• Crime/policing – e.g. the prevention and detection of drugs in society, volume crime, human trafficking
• Security and counter terrorism – e.g. prevention and detection of terrorism activities (domestic versus international), radicalisation and
• Policing/identity management – e.g. surveillance in society, crime mapping and the role of biometric identification

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AP0533 -

Core Disciplines in Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the theory, knowledge and practical application of the core disciplines within forensic science. You will cover the identification, application and subsequent interpretation of trace material, toxicology, body fluids and DNA within the context of a forensic investigation. You will gain an appreciation of the complexity of differing case types, such as murder or burglary, and understand that each requires a different forensic strategy that is bespoke to the individual case, depending on what exhibits are available for examination and what needs to be established. You will apply case assessment and interpretation theory to enable you to develop a fit for purpose forensic strategy appropriate to a given case example. By the end of this module you will have an overall comprehension of how forensic science can aid and support a crime investigation.

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CR5002 -

Crime, Media and Film (Optional,20 Credits)

On this cutting edge module, you will explore the intriguing yet complex relationship between crime, media and film. The module will explore the ways in which factual and fictional accounts of crime are produced, distributed and consumed. Using contemporary examples and drawing on the criminological literature, it will begin by critically examining the changing ways in which crime news is made, how victims, offenders and criminal justice agencies are represented in the news, and the effects crime news has on society. The module will then critically analyse a variety of fictional sources such as television dramas, novels, video games, comics and focus in particular on films where crime is central. Here it will explore both classic and contemporary films, considering the ways in which crime, its causes, consequences and the cities in which the films are situated are represented and the reasons behind this.

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CR5003 -

Gender, Crime and Victimisation (Optional,20 Credits)

In societies across the globe crime and victimisation is unevenly spread with distinct patterns to offending for different crime types being evidenced in results from various types of crimes surveys and other types of research data. Men and women perpetrate crime and experience criminal victimisation in distinctive ways. This module examines how crime and the process of criminalisation and social controls are gendered and how gender impacts upon and influences the experiences and recovery from crime and victimisation in society. You will be exploring how gender:

• mediates the patterns to, as well as our concerns and fears about, crime and victimisation - especially sexual violence and substance use;
• shapes how crime is reported and made visible in different public, private and institutional locations and settings;
• has impacted upon how criminologists explain why crime happens and how it should be dealt with;
• contributes to how victims and witnesses experience the criminal justice system;

In viewing the crime and victimisation problem through a gendered lens, you will learn how specific conceptualisations of masculinity and femininity are played out in news media reporting of crime and victimisation and in the criminal justice system. In examining all of the above you will also be considering whether and when gender matters most in understanding crime and the experience and recovery from victimisation.

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CR5004 -

Policing and Regulation (Core,20 Credits)

Historically, it can be argued that the social sciences have paid little attention to those stages in the criminalisation process which intervene between legislation and the application of penal measures to the convicted offender. Specifically, systematic and critical analysis and research into policing and law enforcement agencies only emerged and developed during the second half of the twentieth century. Indeed, it was an epistemological break during the 1960s which first opened the intellectual floodgates to the study of policing. Since then, the nature of policing has radically evolved and expanded – with an increased scrutiny of the public police, considerable growth of private security, and the formal regulation of goods, services and people. It is these contemporary parameters of policing and regulation, through a critical examination of contemporary theory, empirical, policy and practice perspectives that inform the content of this module.

The module is split into four parts:

Part 1 is concerned with laying the theoretical foundation needed to develop a critical understanding of policing and regulation. Here you will explore the differences between ‘the police’ and ‘policing’ and ‘regulation’ and you will examine some of the key sociological theories and concepts that attempt to rationalise these formal mechanisms in society e.g. risk, Marxism, neoliberalism and globalisation.

In Part 2, you will learn all about public policing in England and Wales. You will track the historical development of the public police and explore the social, economic and political developments that have shaped the role and function, structure and accountability frameworks. You will examine key stakeholders, different models of policing, and contemporary reform initiatives. You will also compare the public police in England and Wales with other jurisdictions (to include Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Part 3 you will focus on the growth of private security and organisations involved in policing beyond the public police. You will examine reasons for this growth and critically explore some of the contemporary challenges. You will also learn about hybrid models of policing where public and private police provisions work collaboratively.

In Part 4, examples of increased regulation in society will be scrutinised. You will examine the regulation of people (e.g. through immigration mechanisms; environmental/climate quotas); goods (e.g. drugs; counterfeit items and animals); and service (e.g. sex work). The correlation between regulation and policing will be explored.

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CR5005 -

Prisons and Punishment (Core,20 Credits)

Punishing people for breaking the law is clearly one of the most important elements of the criminal justice system. But how are people punished? Why are people punished? Is punishment really the best way to change people’s future behaviour?

This is an important module for all students studying any aspect of criminology, and it will ask you to think about whether and how different penal theories (ideas about punishment) are practised in the UK and around the globe. For example, is it possible to have an effective criminal justice system that has elements of both retributive and reparative justice? How might these possibly competing ideas work in harmony? Can we punish people for the things that they have done wrong, while at the same time try to get people to address their offending behaviour?

We will then explore the role and emergence of the modern prison in England and Wales. We will look at internal cultures and organisation of prisons and community sentences. We will consider how they are managed and inspected, and how news about the state of prisons is communicated to the ‘outside’ world. Most importantly we will consider the impact on prisoners and offenders of policy changes over the last 50 years. This will include comparing styles of policy and practice in Europe (including looking at Nordic exceptionalism), the ‘Americanisation’ of the penal system, and the role of privatisation on prisons and community sentences.

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CR5008 -

Youth Crime and Deviance (Optional,20 Credits)

The principal aim of this module is to provide students with historical, theoretical and comparative perspectives of diverse forms of youth crime and deviance. It will expose students to a diverse range of empirically based research studies from social science disciplines and illustrate the connection to deeper critical understandings of youth crime and deviance Through this module, students will explore key trends in terms of youth crime and deviance, the historical development of the concept of youth, both classical and contemporary theories of youth crime and deviance, the development of the youth justice system over time and a series of case study issues, including youth homelessness, illicit drug use, knife crime and gang violence.

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AP0536 -

Study Abroad (Optional,120 Credits)

This study abroad module is designed for standard full-time undergraduate programmes to provide you with the option to take an additional one year study abroad within your programme.

Study abroad provides an opportunity to develop personal skills in a different learning environment with a partner university. The module does not affect the classification of your degree, but if successfully passed the study abroad year is recognised in your transcript and degree certificate. There is a competitive selection process for placements and places cannot be guaranteed.

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AP0550 -

Academic Exchange Semester Study Abroad (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere on a negotiated programme of study related to the award subject. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

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AP0552 -

Industrial Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Industrial Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a Industrial Placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of Industrial Placement at an approved placement partner. This broadens your overall experience of learning by embedding your current and future learning of your discipline within a regimented and target-oriented work environment. The course of Industrial Placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your Industrial Placement year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Industrial Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Industrial Placement Year)”.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the group consultancy work will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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AP0601 -

Complex Casework (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the practical attributes of forensic science from the onset of a case through to the presentation of evidence in a court of law. It expands upon core forensic science disciplines and processes taught in previous years and focuses upon the strategy setting, examination and the delivery of interpretation and evaluation of forensic evidence within the context of complex case situations. You will study the importance of working together with key stakeholders (police, forensic pathologists, crime scene managers) in determining forensic strategy and priortistaion of key exhibits prior to commencing their practical examination. Whilst the emphasis on this module will be practical based with you undertaking the examination of forensic exhibits, it will be underpinned through taught lectures and seminars.

By the end of this module you will have gained an understanding of the difficulties of complex casework and conveying complex scientific information to the lay person.

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AP0628 -

Advanced Specialisms in Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to specialise in a particular area of forensic science, choosing from: trace evidence; drugs and toxicology or forensic genetics. As part of your studies you will demonstrate deeper theoretical knowledge and greater practical skill in the application and methodology of your chosen field. You will evaluate and critically appraise the scientific advances in your chosen field and their importance to crime investigation. Your practical and transferable laboratory skills will be strengthened in your chosen topic as you undertake bespoke experimentation to recover material and assess its significance. As part of your assessment you will evaluate both the theoretical and practical application of your chosen area within the context of crime investigation – considering the professional, social and legal issues where appropriate.

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Interdisciplinary Criminology and Forensic Science Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module will provide you with an opportunity to independently review and evaluate a research question that encompasses both the criminological and scientific disciplines. You will independently examine the historical and contemporary theories that are currently applied to explaining crime from the perspective of the victim, offender and the environment. You will evaluate the effectiveness of the subsequent prevention strategies and appraise how these are complemented by the scientific and innovative technological approaches to detect crime. In doing so, you will adopt a critical and analytical approach to support innovative solutions for regulating, policing, preventing and detecting crime.

With the support of a dissertation supervisor within each discipline, you will seek to develop and answer a research question using research enquiry and tutored based techniques, for example collecting your own data, using existing data sets or by engaging in an analysis of the research literature. You will apply your information retrieval and critical appraisal skills with discussion of your results culminating in the production of a written dissertation that appraises criminological theory and scientific practice.

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CR6003 -

Crime and Society in Newcastle and Amsterdam (Optional,20 Credits)

On this cutting edge module you will explore two important cities – Newcastle and Amsterdam – to compare and contrast key criminological and sociological issues in both places. The module offers important insights into the city in which you study (Newcastle) and a city that is often featured in the media and academic literature, often portrayed as an innovative, liberal, if controversial, city from which other cities might learn lessons from (Amsterdam). On the module you will consider a number of important issues such as the way in which both cities have developed and evolved; the relations between both cities; the way crime and society operates in both cities; and how crime and other social issues are governed. A key part of the module is the Amsterdam fieldtrip where you visit Amsterdam, be taken on tours of the city, and conduct small group fieldwork on an important issue in the city (for instance, sex work, drugs, policing, the night-time economy, urban regeneration and gentrification, cycling), and consider whether Newcastle should emulate ‘Amsterdam-style’ policies.

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CR6007 -

Mentally Disordered Offenders (Optional,20 Credits)

Mentally disordered offenders: “mad, bad and dangerous to know”? During this module you will begin to explore who ‘they’ are, what ‘they’ do, why we are afraid of ‘them’, how we identify ‘them’ and what we are doing about ‘them’.
You will learn about and critique mentally disordered offender theory and practice, including: developing a critical understanding to the concept of ‘mentally disordered offenders’; the links between mental disorder and crime; the links between the mass media and the public in the development of the concept of the ‘dangerous offender’; the development of Forensic Psychiatry and its impact on the concept of ‘risk’ and ‘risk assessment’; and a critical assessment of the impact of policy developments on approaches to the care and/or control of mentally disordered offenders.

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CR6008 -

Restoration, Rehabilitation and Desistance (Optional,20 Credits)

Do children who break the law always turn into adult offenders? What might help someone change their behaviour? Is it always the impact of a criminal justice intervention that makes someone desist from crime? This module will look at all of these questions.

The first part will track the nature and complexity of criminal careers. It will demonstrate different ways in which offenders come to be engaged in crime and the extent to which starting early is a predictor of a criminal career. After considering the different ways in which criminal careers are sustained and developed, you will look at the interventions criminal justice and aligned organisations put in place to change offenders’ behaviour.

We will investigate forms of restorative justice and reparation, and question whether, and how, they might fit within different criminal justice systems around the world. For example, what might the role of ‘circles of support’ be in a risk adverse society? The module will also look at whether some activities in prison might have a role in desistance after release. For example are creative, artistic, spiritual and sporting activities a hook for changing offending behaviour after release?

Throughout the module we will consider UK and international criminal justice practice, and question the impact of social, political and cultural contexts of restoration, rehabilitation and desistance. You will be encouraged to explore all of these elements from cultural and critical criminological perspectives.

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CR6017 -

Deviant Leisure (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to equip students with a detailed understanding of consumer culture, social deviance and the concept of social harm in order to look at leisure as a legitimate area of criminological enquiry. The module begins by exploring the theoretical underpinnings of criminology’s traditional analysis of leisure, before progressing on to more recent theoretical debates in the field. Students will understand the role of globalisation, political economy and social change in the development of leisure and the rise of a consumer culture, and the importance of developments in the field of social harm to the discipline of criminology. Drawing upon our own research and existing case studies, the module will turn to contemporary social problems surrounding leisure, deviance and harm both locally and globally. This includes but is not limited to: the night-time economy; gambling; social media and new technologies; consumer culture and environmental harm; transgressive risk-taking in urban space; and recreational and image-enhancing drugs.

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CR6018 -

Crime, Animals and the Environment (Optional,20 Credits)

Is there a relationship between violence against animals and violence against humans? Why is it okay to kill certain animals, but a crime to kill others? How do large corporations get away with polluting the planet? How can we address crimes against animals and the environment? These are all questions we will attempt to address on this module. As part of your studies you will learn about the emerging and competing perspectives and frameworks regarding the neglected topic of crimes and harms against animals and the environment. In a module offered at very few universities, you are introduced to the philosophies and perspectives of Green Criminology and Critical Animal Studies. You will develop skills that enable you to critically analyse notions of crime and harm, and social and ecological justice in relation to animal abuse, deforestation, wildlife, pollution and many other areas that pertain to green and environmental crime and victimisation. While honing verbal and written skills, this module will give you the working knowledge to discuss the type, scope, and impacts of green and animal-related crimes and harms and how this is different from street and ‘traditional’ volume crimes. This module provides a fresh new area of criminological scholarship which you will contribute to in discussion and debate with the module tutors and fellow students - examining crime from new and cutting edge perspectives.

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CR6020 -

Understanding Extreme Violence (Optional,20 Credits)

This module looks at three distinct but inter-related aspects of violence: structural violence, symbolic violence and subjective violence. Analyses of structural violence looks principally at the violence of systems. It is the unseen violence that occurs every day; the violence that needs to take place so that contemporary western consumer societies to continue onwards in their present form. Analyses of symbolic violence focus on the violence of language and symbols. Bourdieu’s account of symbolic violence, for example, addresses the ability of the powerful to deny the working class a language that might allow them to understand their true value and social position. Analyses of subjective violence focus on forms of violence committed by clearly identifiable ‘subjects’, or individuals. In this module, we will use psychoanalytic theory to identify the fundamental forces that drive the violent individual to inflict harm upon others.

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Get an insight into life at Northumbria at the click of a button! Come and explore our videos and 360 panoramas to immerse yourself in our campuses and get a feel for what it is like studying here using our interactive virtual tour.

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