“We’ve built this course around the practical needs of our students, many of whom already work in the sector. They can get here in time and learn the skills they need to progress. The employability rate is excellent – our students go on to make a real difference within the youth justice system.” David Porteous, programme leader and academic authority on both youth crime and youth justice.
The MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology degree is designed for people working or seeking to work in the area of crime and criminal justice. It offers a detailed understanding of contemporary issues facing professionals and managers in the criminal justice system and of the changing roles and responsibilities of the agencies and practitioners which make up that system.
Delivered by leading researchers and drawing on the expertise of those currently working in the field, this degree provides both traditional academic provision in the form of lectures, seminars and tutorials and the opportunity to undertake up to a third of the course via work-based learning (for those already working in appropriate contexts) or an internship with an agency such as a Youth Offending Team, a Drug and Alcohol Support Service or a Community Safety Partnership.
The core elements of the programme are delivered on one evening per week so as to allow for those in work to attend. The remainder of the programme is made up by either studying optional modules available during the daytime or (in the case of one module) via distance learning or by a combination of a long or short dissertation and/or the long or short work-based learning or internship modules.
This flexibility, both in the choice of content as well as in the mode of delivery/learning, allows students to tailor the course as much as possible to their own needs. This includes the option to study the programme over one year full-time or two years part-time. For further information about the various options, please contact Programme Leader Dr David Porteous.
The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to investigate and analyse contemporary problems of crime, disorder and community safety and to evaluate current policies and practices designed to address them. The core modules focus on applying criminological theory and research to policy and practice, youth offending, disorder and gangs, interpersonal violence and hate crime, and community safety and public protection. The remainder of the programme is made up by studying optional modules which examine particular aspects of crime and criminal justice in depth or through a work-based learning or internship project.
Students must complete 180 credits. In addition to the 20-credit core modules and a Dissertation, students make up the remaining 40 credits of study by choosing either one or two of the optional 20-credit modules and/or one of the work-based learning options.
This module explores the relationship between criminological theory and research and criminal justice policy and practice, and aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in a criminal justice setting.
This module examines different forms of interpersonal violence and hate crime ranging from domestic violence to far right extremism, and critically evaluates policy and practice relevant to these issues, questioning the extent to which existing responses are adequate and effective.
This module explores the theoretical background to crime and disorder reduction and provides practitioner-based examples and solutions to alleviating it. Crime and disorder is studied from a socio-spatial perspective, contemporary partnership arrangements are scrutinised, and the problems and merits of implementing local and national governmental policies assessed.
This module examines contemporary social problems often said to threaten the fabric of society. These include street crime, night-time disorder, riots and riotous behaviour, the sexual exploitation of young women, cyber-bullying, and the use and misuse of drugs and alcohol - most of which are commonly associated with youth in general and youth gangs in particular.
The dissertation is an original piece of work based on a topic negotiated between students and their supervisor. It provides students with the opportunity to explore in some depth a topic in which they have developed an interest in as well to apply the skills, knowledge and methods learned in preceding modules. In recent years, students have conducted research on stop and search policy, the role of gangs in the London riots, preventing domestic violence, risk assessment in youth justice and drugs in prisons, to name just a few.
Students who choose a 40 rather than a 60-credit dissertation must also do at least 20 (but up to 60) credits of work-based learning. This is undertaken either in the student's own workplace (if appropriate) or else through an internship, and involves the submission of a written report documenting and critically reflecting upon their work and that of the host organisation, drawing on the academic learning they have gained through studying on the course.
This module uses the criminal justice system and its different institutions to critically examine contemporary issues, debates and policy relating to crime control, the processing of defendants through the criminal courts, sentencing, rehabilitation and punishment. It explores shifts and changes in criminal justice responses to assess whether we are witnessing an era of tightening and punitive crime control policy. The module takes as a central underpinning that we live in a world of enhanced 'securitisation' along with emerging and sophisticated 'risk' identification and management strategies of offenders. It incorporates the themes of 'crimmigration' and the intersection between migration law and criminal law, how gender, race and class interact with the criminal justice system, drugs law enforcement and sentencing, trends in imprisonment and new considerations of restorative and integrative justice. The module takes a comparative perspective to assist an understanding of different approaches and responses to crime, offenders and criminal justice in other European and international jurisdictions, and whether they provide ideas for alternative policies in this area.
The aim of this module is to provide a critical analysis of selected issues in the study of cybercrime and its control. By exploring the history, nature and patterns of cybercrime this module will introduce students to the sociological and criminological study of crime on the internet. Through a series of examples and case studies of internet-related crime, it will consider the diversity of cybercrime as well as its prevention and detection.
This module aims to develop advanced skills in the application of criminological theories and concepts in relation to drugs, drug use, and drugs control and in critically analysing the relationship between drugs and crime. Students will critically evaluate the laws, policies and institutions of drugs control within their social, political and economic contexts and compare and contrast the role of the criminal justice system in responding to drugs in various countries. The module also aims to foster a critical interest in the reform of drugs control policy and institutions at both national and international levels.
This module critically evaluates perspectives on green criminology, and crimes against the environment (including animals). It considers contemporary perspectives on green offending, the regulation of environmental problems, and global perspectives on green crimes, green criminality and the effectiveness of justice systems in resolving environmental problems.
This module aims to engage students in exploring criminological issues from a global perspective, particularly in respect of contemporary debates on the policing of transnational problems and the development of global policing. The module considers policing in a wide rather than narrow context identifying that the changing nature of crime and crime control in a 'globalised' world and the emergence of crimes which transcend national borders requires a globalised approach to crime and justice. The module provides comparative analysis of different countries' approaches to and systems for dealing with crime and the 'globalisation' of criminal justice and explores global policing systems. It also seeks to equip students to undertake their own international and or comparative research and analysis informed by the overarching and illustrative themes and questions raised in lectures and seminars.
The aim of this module is to enable students to evaluate key debates about political violence and terrorism. It considers a range of perspectives emerging from the study of the different forms of political violence, including terrorism and war. It also adopts a critical approach to theoretical and contextual debates on the use of the term terrorism as shorthand for a range of issues relating to political violence.
This module aims to develop students' understanding of how psychology interacts with the criminal justice system. Students will consider the social, psychological and psycho-judicial consequences of crime, as well as looking at key contributions psychology has made to the criminal justice system – from delinquency interventions, through to restorative justice, and how we understand offenders' experiences of prisons.
This module aims to critically consider the methodological and philosophical context of social research, relationships between different paradigms, methodologies, theories and research designs. Students will develop research skills and become familiar with ethical and governance frameworks within which social science research takes place in contemporary Britain. An appreciation of the key issues, problems and controversies involved in designing and implementing a research project in different work and research environments is central to the module.
Not all of the optional modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.
Teaching on the course is delivered by expert academics who are research active in a range of criminological subject areas and bring these specialisms to their lecture delivery and classroom discussion. This programme in particular includes a number of guest speakers who are practitioners in the field of criminal justice. Students are encouraged to actively participate in their learning and to engage in questioning and debate within teaching sessions as well as to share and reflect upon their experiences, where appropriate, of working in the field.
In addition to the core teaching sessions, regular events and presentations are organised within the department to create a dynamic culture of knowledge exchange and the generation of ideas and debate among our postgraduate students.
The Centre for Social and Criminological Research holds seminars throughout the year and hosts an annual conference in April. The conference brings together outside speakers, academic staff and current students to listen and discuss contemporary issues of crime and conflict in the world around us. Previous conference themes have been 'gangs', 'human rights and citizenship', policing and protest, and feminist debates around violence, sex work and pornography.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
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You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
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The programme enjoys a particular good employability record owing to the fact that it provides internship opportunities which can in turn lead to more permanent jobs. Since it was established in the late 1990s, its many graduates have gained work and/or gone onto management positions in areas related to youth justice, probation, policing, community safety, mental health, prisons, and drug and alcohol services.
Dr David Porteous, Principal Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Criminology and Sociology
David teaches in the areas of Criminological Theory and Research, Youth Crime and Youth Justice and Global Criminology. He has conducted research and published on a diverse range of topics including comparative youth justice, lifelong cannabis use, mentoring, community safety, school exclusion and the victimisation of children and young people.
Several members of the department of Criminology and Sociology contribute to one or more of the core and optional modules on the MA Criminology including Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero, Professor Anthony Goodman, Professor Kevin McDonald, Dr Anthony Amatrudo, Dr Jenni Ward, Dr Karen Duke, Dr Elena Martellozzo, Dr Anastasia Karamalidou, Dr Simon Harding, Dr Angus Nurse, Dr Robin Fletcher, Dr Lucy Neville and Dr Julie Trebilcock.
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MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology
This course is offered full time or part time. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Full-time students: £7,500
Part-time per taught credit: £50
Part-time per dissertation: £25
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
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