BA Law with Criminology

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In choosing to study this BA Law with Criminology degree at Aberystwyth University you will gain an in-depth understanding of Law with a specialism in Criminology. This course is perfect for anyone ambitious for a law career in the twenty-first century. You will be introduced to the basics of law alongside Criminology modules which introduce theories and debates relating to crime, deviance, victimhood, law and punishment. You will then go on to study core legal concepts such as Tort, Civil, European and Public law, as well as being able to choose further module options from both Law and Criminology. This world-class course is the product of Aberystwyth University's century-old Law department, which specialises in the related discipline of Criminology. All departmental staff members are active in research and publication, and many participate in national and international debates and policy-making in legal, criminological and other related fields. Expand the sections below to find out more...

Overview

This BA Law with Criminology programme is designed to help you gain an in-depth understanding of Law with a specialism in Criminology. This course is perfect for anyone ambitious for a law career in the twenty-first century.

This course has a major/minor structure, meaning two-thirds of your time is spent learning the fundamental principles of law, legal reasoning and the legal profession, and one-third studying theories of crime, punishment and society. In your first year, you will be introduced to the basics of law alongside Criminology modules which introduce theories and debates relating to crime, deviance, victimhood, law and punishment. You will then go on to study core legal concepts such as Tort, Civil, European and Public law, as well as being able to choose further module options from both Law and Criminology.

This world-class course is the product of Aberystwyth University's century-old law department, which specialises in the related discipline of Criminology. All departmental staff members are active in research and publication, and many participate in national and international debates and policy-making in legal, criminological and other related fields.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

93% of our 2014 graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, equal to the overall UK sector average (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show high levels of satisfaction with the subject, with 83% of students reporting high levels of satisfaction with the quality of the teaching they received and our staff receiving above UK average satisfaction responses for their communication with students.

You will be able to enjoy Aberystwyth's law-related Societies, such as the Mooting Society, which can provide social and professional opportunities such as trips to law fairs and to the Inns of Court in London. The Criminology Society also welcomes law students. The Innocence Project, which is concerned with preventing and overturning wrongful convictions, provides opportunities to gain crucial practical experience working on real criminal cases under the supervision of practicing lawyers.

This BA can also provide you with an international perspective. In addition to Aberystwyth's own departmental expertise, you will have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad with one of our partner institutions in Europe or further afield.

The skills you learn in this major/minor degree will be of enormous benefit in any legal or non-legal profession. Your expertise in advocacy, litigation and negotiation are just some of the many transferable skills that will assist you in any career path you choose.

Our Staff

Department of Law and Criminology lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Options Core (compulsory) modules in Part I - Students must choose between the LA/GF and CR/TR modules listed below based on language preference:

Semester 1

Readings In Criminology CR10410

Elements Of Criminology CR12400

Sgiliau Cyfreithiol GF13110

Y Gyfundrefn Gyfreithiol GF13410

Cyfraith Ymrwymiadau GF13520

Legal Skills LA13110

Legal System LA13410

The Law Of Obligations LA13520

Darlleniadau Mewn Troseddeg TR10410

Elfennau Troseddeg TR12400

Semester 2

Elements Of Criminology CR12430

Cyfraith Camwedd GF11120

Cyfraith Cytundebau GF13820

Tort LA11120

Law Of Contract LA13820

Elfennau Troseddeg TR12430

Year 2 Options Core Modules Year 2: The following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference:

Semester 1

Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32900

Cyfraith Gyhoeddus GF34500

Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32900

Public Law LA34500

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF31120

Ecwiti A Chyfraith Ymddiriedau GF32920

Cyfraith Gyhoeddus GF34530

Tort LA31120

Equity And The Law Of Trusts LA32920

Public Law LA34530

Year 2 Options A further 10 credits of LA or GF modules dependant on language preference

Year 2 Options A choice of 40 credits of CR or TR modules dependant on language preference

Available both years Options Students must take 160 credits in LA/GF modules during Part 2. (240 credits in LA/GF modules over the 3 years of the degree scheme).

Available both years Options Students must take 80 credits in CR modules during Part 2. (120 credits in CR modules over the 3 years of the degree scheme).

Year 3 Options Core Modules Year 3: The following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference:

Semester 1

Cyfraith Tir GF36100

Land Law LA36100

Semester 2

Cyfraith Camwedd GF31120

Cyfraith Tir GF36130

Tort LA31120

Land Law LA36130

Year 3 Options A further 30 credits of LA or GF modules dependant on language preference

Year 3 Options A choice of 40 credits of CR or TR modules dependant on language preference

Available both years Options Students must take 160 credits in LA/GF modules during Part 2. (240 credits in LA/GF modules over the 3 years of the degree scheme).

Available both years Options Students must take 80 credits in CR modules during Part 2. (120 credits in CR modules over the 3 years of the degree scheme).

Employability

Your BA in Law with Criminology opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Providing you take the required modules, this BA can be a qualifying law degree, making you a strong candidate to train as a barrister or solicitor. Your study of Law with Criminology also opens up opportunities for employment in government or with the Police, Probation or Prison Service.

A recent study by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) showed that almost 90% of Criminology graduates find paid employment in diverse areas including criminology, financial management, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and education.

Throughout your training you will develop a wealth of core legal skills and other skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

You will be able to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately, and you will be confident in selecting and deploying the most appropriate of a range of legal methodologies. You will also have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

In addition to these skills, you will benefit from the prestige of holding a BA in Law from one of the UK's foremost universities. Law is rightly perceived as an academically demanding subject, and this puts you at an advantage over your competitors in any employment context.

To help you discover the most appropriate career pathway for you, you will be assigned a dedicated, subject-specific careers advisor who will assist you in constructing a Personal Development Plan. This process will encourage you to reflect on your learning and your career aspirations so that every academic option you choose will point you towards your future career.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This BA Law with Criminology course will be delivered through a balanced programme of lectures and seminars. You will receive comprehensive training in the rules and complexities of law; and you will be able to explore and interrogate this learning in lively and interactive seminars with your peers. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.

Among many skills, you will learn: to explain the structure and function of legal institutions; to analyse the processes of legislation and development of legal principles; to understand the importance of legal precedent and make use of it; and to construct convincing and cogent arguments on the basis of relevant law and available evidence. Through studying the interdisciplinary subject of Criminology you will learn to: understand and evaluate quantative research data; to use a variety of research tools in different subject areas; and to develop independent and critical thinking.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentations. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks. For all your Law assignments and tasks you will need to construct legal arguments and apply legal reasoning as you build your case. Your Criminology assignments will require you to do independent reading and research around the subject.

The lectures, seminars and the Department's supportive staff will only take you so far in your legal and academic training. You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with the fascinating but demanding subjects. You must also take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and the university to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

Student Views

By learning about the development of law parallel to the development of criminal behaviour, and how criminals are viewed and treated by society, it forces the mind to think of innovative methods of controlling crime, both with the interpretation of law as well as treatment and rehabilitation techniques. While law alone can narrow one's way of thinking about crime, criminology can reopen the mind to think outside of the box and vice versa. Law and criminology – two sides of the same coin that rarely see eye to eye, but can help you to see a third way! David Coleman

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: M1M9

Please note that the tariff below may not apply during Clearing. Contact us on 0800 121 40 80 or fill in the form above for more information.

Tariff Required: 300

Entry Requirements: GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 3 Years

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