Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3121: Policy Analysis in Criminology

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Mrs Abi Dymond (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Policy analysis and communication are skills that are highly relevant for criminology and criminal justice, and sought after by a range of employers, both in the sector and more broadly.  They are also inherently of interest to many studying Sociology, Criminology and related topics, many of whom are keen to make a difference and to have a positive, practical impact in their field of choice.  This module will give participants, who may be in their 2nd or 3rd year, first-hand experience of developing and delivering a policy brief on a contemporary issue in criminology, with a particular focus on the police, prisons and detention and the justice system.  In so doing, it will give them the opportunity to explore theoretical debates about policy change, to discuss substantive policy issues in social and criminal justice and to develop practical skills, including oral, written and presentational skills.

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