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Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology MA

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Code
PGL5M9
Start
October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£7,800 (UK/EU)
£13,500 (INT)
Course leader
Dr Anthony Amatrudo

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.

Why study MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology at Middlesex University?

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.

Course highlights

  • Study in a highly reputable criminology department with a long history in training the very best criminologists
  • The option to complete up to a third of the course through work-based learning or an internship within a criminal justice agency
  • Delivery by academic staff who are involved in pioneering research in the field including work on the links between victimisation and offending, 'status dogs' and gangs, online child safety, recent developments in probationary services, mental health and offending, joint enterprise and political violence and terrorism.
  • Enjoy teaching that incorporates guest lectures delivered by experts working in the field of offender management, gang life and culture, urban policing, and prisoner care and welfare.

What will you study on the MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology?

The course is designed to equip you 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.

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.

  • Modules

    • Applying Criminological Research in Policy and Practice

      In this module you will focus upon the applied nature of research and policy-making in the criminal justice system and the application of research in policy implementation. Your studies will acquaint you with major theoretical positions and debates in applied criminology in a real-world practice setting. This module will demonstrate and illustrate the links between criminological theory and research, and you will explore the relationship between criminological theory and research and criminal justice policy and practice. Your studies will also acquaint you with the principal ways in which research is deployed in a variety of settings, such as child protection, youth justice and community safety. This part of the course aims to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge required to work effectively in a criminal justice policy setting.

    • Interpersonal Violence and Hate Crime

      In this module you will explore issues under the inter-related headings Interpersonal Violence and Hate Crime ranging from domestic violence to far right extremism in both real world and virtual settings. The late twentieth and early twenty first century has seen a growing focus on these issues and in this module you will examine why this is the case, highlighting transformations in the economy, technology, social structure and social relations, the emergence of identity politics and the development of new academic discourses and theoretical perspectives. Within this overarching context, you’ll examine different forms of interpersonal violence and hate crime. This will include analysis of the contested knowledge base from which estimates and accounts of their nature and extent can be drawn. Finally, you will also critically evaluate policy and practice relevant to these issues, questioning the extent to which existing responses are adequate and effective.

    • Community Safety and Public Protection

      In this module you will explore the theoretical background to crime and disorder reduction and provides practitioner based examples and solutions to alleviating it. You’ll study crime and disorder from a socio-spatial perspective, scrutinise contemporary partnership arrangements and assess the problems and merits of implementing local and national governmental policies.

    • Youth Offending, Disorder and Gangs

      In this module you’ll critically examine contemporary social problems that are often said to threaten the fabric of society, are subject to intense media exposure and scrutiny, involve the deployment of significant resources via schools, the police, the courts, charities, independent commissions etc. and which have also attracted considerable attention from criminologists in recent years. These problems include street crime, night-time disorder, riots and riotous behaviour, the sexual exploitation of young women, cyber-bullying, the use and misuse of drugs and alcohol, most of which are commonly associated with youth in general and youth gangs in particular. The module takes a realist, applied but critical approach in analysing these issues, drawing on official as well as more critical accounts and research studies for understanding them, and investigating existing and alternative strategies for addressing them.

    • Dissertation in Criminology

      The dissertation is an original piece of work based on a topic negotiated between you and your supervisor. It provides you with the opportunity to explore in some depth a topic in which you 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 your own workplace (if appropriate) or else through an internship, and requires you to submit a written report documenting and critically reflect upon your work and that of the host organisation, drawing on the academic learning you have gained through studying on the course.

  • Either one or two of the following optional modules:

    • Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

      This module is core on the MSc. Criminology with Forensic Psychology and 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 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 offender management strategies; in turn having a bearing on who, and how people enter the criminal justice system. It incorporates the intersections of migration and criminal justice, how gender, race and class interact with the criminal justice system, sentencing and imprisonment trends, 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 to consider whether they provide ideas for alternative policies in this area. You’ll study this module alongside the core module ‘Psychological Interventions and Responses to Offending’ and complete visits to the criminal courts and one of HM Prisons to embed your learning across both modules.

    • Cybercrime and Society

      With increasing amounts of social activity taking place on the Internet cybercrime is becoming an important area of study. By exploring the history, nature and patterns of cybercrime this module will introduce you to the sociological and criminological study of crime on the Internet. Through a series of examples and case studies of Internet related crime you will consider the diversity of cybercrime as well as its prevention and detection. What is cybercrime? What criminological theories can we use to explain cybercrime? What harm does cybercrime cause? How do people become victims of cybercrime? How is cybercrime policed? How can cybercrime prevented? These are some of the questions that will be tackled in class. This module is designed to provide a critical analysis of selected issues in the study of cybercrime and its control. This aim translates into the following objectives:

      • To provide you with a critical introduction to the concept of cybercrime;
      • To examine the impact of cybercrime on contemporary society;
      • To help you develop an understanding of the relationship between developments in information technology and social harm;
      • To understand how the study of cybercrime challenges existing criminological theories and criminal law;
      • To develop your critical and written communication skills in relation to cybercrime issues;
      • To develop independent research and learning
    • Drugs and Crime

      This module aims to help you 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. You 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.

    • Environmental Crime and Green Criminology

      This core module on the MA Environmental Law and Justice 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. It also adopts a critical approach to theoretical debates on animal rights, the legal personhood of animals, and the tension between the continued exploitation of natural resources and the prosecution of environmental crime. In this module you will also critically examine the link between environmental offending and mainstream crimes, including the link between violence towards animals and violence towards humans and the extent to which corporate environmental crime constitutes a ‘crime of the powerful’ or a corporate-state crime. The module will require you to critically examine theoretical concepts and practical considerations in environmental justice and consider how examining environmental harms inevitably results in a wider definition of green ‘crime’ than simply considering those activities defined as such by the criminal law. The module will also help you to develop knowledge and skills appropriate to working in the environmental justice sector with NGOs, local authorities and other policy and enforcement bodies.

    • Global Criminology and Policing

      This core module on the MA Criminology course aims to engage you 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 you with a comparative analysis of different countries' approaches to and systems for dealing with crime and the 'globalisation' of criminal justice and explores global policing systems. The module seeks to equip you to undertake your own international and or comparative research and analysis informed by the overarching and illustrative themes and questions raised in lectures and seminars.

    • Human Rights and Justice

      In this core module on the MA Criminology you will critically evaluate contemporary perspectives on human rights and justice systems. You will critically explore concepts, debates, literature (i.e. recent research and policy material) related to the operation of human rights within the British criminal justice system and internationally. You will start to foster engaged and critical thinking about human rights in terms of its impact on the operation of the criminal justice system and the wider application of human rights discourse to issues such as free speech and environmental protection and ecological justice. In this module you’ll consider the apparent conflict between contemporary perspectives on human rights and the administration of justice systems as well as wider issues relating to how both theoretical and practical conceptions of human rights impact on the extent to which respect for rights is embedded into justice policy. You will also adopt a critical approach to theoretical debates on human rights, justice, and the tension between state justice policies and the rights of individuals and marginalized groups.

      The module aims to allow you to engage with a range of issues that you are likely to encounter in contemporary practice settings. The module will require you to critically examine theoretical concepts and practical considerations in human rights and will appeal if you are seeking an academic and technical exposure to human rights prior to undertaking doctoral work. The module also helps develop your knowledge and skills appropriate to working in the NGO sector, local authorities and other policy and enforcement bodies within the public justice sector that are bound by the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 and whose decisions and actions are ultimately amenable to challenge on human rights grounds.

    • Political Violence and Terrorism

      This core module on the MA Criminology will introduce you to key debates about political violence and contemporary terrorism. You’ll be required to consider 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. Both institutional and anti-institutional violence will be discussed, along with critical analysis of the controversies surrounding the definitions of violence and terrorism in the different epochs. In the module you’ll examine in detail the contributions of the major schools of thought, along with the most recent sociological-criminological analysis of authorised and unauthorised political violence. The module requires you to critically examine theoretical concepts and practical considerations in contemporary political violence and terrorism discourse drawing on a range of case studies.

    • Psychological Interventions and Responses to Offending

      This module is core to the MSc. Criminology with Forensic Psychology programme and aims to develop your understanding of how psychology interacts with the criminal justice system. You will consider the psychological and psycho-social dimensions of crime and offending, and the psycho-judicial reactions to it. The module will require you to look at key contributions psychology makes to criminal justice and its related institutions – from delinquency interventions, ‘therapeutic jurisprudence’ and specialist courts, how we understand offenders’ experiences of prison, and specialist offender assessment tools and behavioural treatment programmes both within the community and in prison settings. Through an analysis of the relationship between decisions made at different stages of the criminal justice system, such as by the police, the courts, the parole board, and the implications of those decisions at subsequent stages in the legal process, you’ll be encouraged to reflect upon the application of psychology to the practice of criminal justice.

    • Research Strategies in Criminology and Psychology

      This module asks you to critically consider the methodological and philosophical context of social research, relationships between different paradigms, methodologies, theories and research designs. You will develop research design skills and become familiar with ethical and governance frameworks within which social science research takes place in contemporary Britain. You will develop 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.

  • And/or one of the following work-based learning options:

    • Work-based Experience (20, 40 or 60 credits)

      This module aims to permit you to maximise academic value from your everyday employment by allowing you to make explicit links between your university and workplace activities, particularly relating theory to practice. The module enables you to enhance the value of both your university and career work by focussing on relevant areas of knowledge and developing these through a reflective review of learning in your normal everyday work setting. You’ll incorporate specific aims and rationale into a negotiated learning agreement. You’re expected to organise your own learning to reflect the nature of your work-based situation, its constraints, and the goals you’re trying to achieve and your personal work and learning style. This will involve reading, negotiating, research and relevant practical activities.

    • Work-based Internship (20, 40 or 60 credits)

      This practical experience module provides the means for you to link academic work with the 'real-world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology degree taught?

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. As a student on the course you will be encouraged to actively participate in your own learning and to engage in questioning and debate within teaching sessions as well as to share and reflect upon your 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 student cohort.

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.

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How can the MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology support your career?

The programme enjoys a particularly good employability record owing to the fact that it provides internship opportunities which provide valuable practical experience in the field that can be vital when applying for roles. 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.

Those already in industry view their master's-level studies as a means to facilitating career progression within their organisations. A number of students have continued their studies in criminology and psychology at PhD level. Staff in the department will work alongside the employability office to facilitate your future career decisions.

Dr Anthony Amatrudo
Programme Leader

Dr Anthony Amatrudo is Associate Professor of Criminology and teaches across a range of areas, notably urban criminology, human rights and applied methodology. He has published extensively on a variety of criminal justice topics and has been involved with Cabinet Office reforms to the drafting of legislation for the last few years.

Dr Angus Nurse
Senior Lecturer in Criminology Director of Programmes for Criminology and Sociology

Dr Nurse is a course leader for the new MA Environmental Law and Justice course and is a specialist in the field of wildlife and environmental crime. He has conducted research on behalf of groups such as the Leagues Against Cruel Sports into dog fighting in the UK.

Dr Jennifer Ward
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Ward is the MSc Criminology with Forensic Psychology programme leader and supervises dissertations and doctoral research.  She is a specialist in criminology and criminal justice and her teaching focuses on sentencing and punishment in the criminal courts, the lay magistracy, and modernising transformations in the lower criminal courts.

Dr Elena Martellozzo
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Martellozzo is the programme leader for MSc Cybercrime and Digital Investigation and is the author of Policing Online Child Sexual Abuse which was based on research she conducted while embedded in the Metropolitan Police’s Paedophile and High Tech Crime Unit.

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