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					                               UNIVERSITY OF KENT

                             Programme Specification

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of
the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be
expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she passes the programme. More
detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and
assessment methods of each module can be found [either by following the links
provided or in the programme handbook]. The accuracy of the information contained
in this specification is reviewed by the University and may be checked by the Quality
Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

      Honours Degree in Criminology and Social Policy with a Term Abroad

1.   Awarding Institution/Body              University of Kent
2.   Teaching Institution                   University of Kent
3.   Teaching Site                          Canterbury Campus
4.   Programme accredited by:               Not relevant
5.   Final Award                            BA (Hons)
6.   Programme                              Criminology and Social Policy with a term
                                            San Diego State University (SDSU)
7. UCAS Code (or other code)                TBC
8. Relevant QAA subject                     Social Policy and Administration and
    benchmarking group(s)                   Social Work
9. Date of production/revision              June 2011
10. Applicable cohort(s)                    2009 Entry

11. Educational Aims of the Programme
The programme aims to:
1. To produce graduates with analytical and knowledge based skills relevant to
    employment in the professions, public service and the private sector.
2. To provide a broad knowledge and understanding of key concepts, debates and
    theoretical approaches in Criminology and Social Policy, and the relationship
    between Criminology and Social Policy
3. To develop new areas of teaching in response to needs of the community.
4. To widen participation in higher education by offering various entry routes.
5. To explore the distribution of welfare and well-being within societies, and the
    ways in which different societies meet the basic human needs of their
6. To understand the emergence of social problems (including crime) and the
    responses of welfare and criminal justice institutions, including analysis of the
    theoretical, political and economic underpinnings of these response
7. To help students to link theoretical knowledge with empirical enquiry and to
    identify and understand different ideological positions
8. To develop problem-solving skills and an understanding of the nature and
    appropriate use of research methods used in social science research.
9. To teach students key writing, research and communications skills.
10. To give students the skills and abilities to enable them to become informed
    citizens, capable of participating in the policy process and equipped for a
    dynamic labour market
11. To enhance subject understanding by providing an alternative learning and
    research environment.

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12. To enrich and augment first and second year subject knowledge by exposing
    students to a new, yet relevant, teaching and research environment.
13. To develop the student experience and related employment skills through
    informal learning in an international context.

12. Programme Outcomes
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate
knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following
areas. The programme outcomes have references to the subject benchmarking
statement for Social Policy and Administration and Social Work (QAA 2000), referred
to as SPAB in the following pages.
Knowledge and Understanding                 Teaching/learning and assessment
                                            methods and strategies used to
                                            enable outcomes to be achieved and
A. Knowledge and Understanding of:
1. the origins and development of UK          All the learning outcomes listed below
    Criminal Justice Policy institutions CB   are taught and assessed by a mix of
    4.2                                       methods including: lectures, seminars,
2. the principal concepts and                 assessed and unassessed course work,
    theoretical approaches in Criminology     individual and group presentations, small
    and Social Policy SPAB 3.3; CB 4.2        group work, web searches, student
3. the ways in which images of crime          projects, optional dissertations and
    and notions of crime are constructed      unseen end of year examinations. In
    and represented CB 4.2                    most modules assessment is through
4. the origins and development of UK          50% coursework and 50% unseen
    welfare institutions SPAB 3.2             examination. The dissertation module is
5. the principles that underlie criminal      asessed100% by coursework
    justice and social policy, how they
    have changed over time and how
    they relate to the workings of
    particular agencies of welfare and
    crime control SPAB 3.3; CB 4.2
6. contemporary issues and debates in
    specific areas of criminology and
    criminal justice CB 4.1 & 4.2
7. Knowledge of the main sources of
    data about crime and social welfare
    and a grasp of the research methods
    used to collect and analyse data
    SPAB 3.2; CB 4.2, 5.2 & 5.3
8. Knowledge of the local, regional,
    national and supra-national
    dimensions of social policy and
    understanding of the links between
    them SPAB 3.2
9. Understanding of inter-disciplinary
    approaches to issues in criminology
    and social policy and the ability to
    use ideas from other social sciences
    SPAB 3.3; CB 4.1 & 4.2
Skills and Other Attributes
B. Intellectual Skills:

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1. Problem solving skills and the ability     Intellectual skills are developed through
    to seek solutions to crime criminal       the teaching and learning programme
    behaviour and other social problems       outlined below. Each module, whatever
    and individual needs SPAB 3.5/6; CB       the format of teaching, involves the
    5.3                                       critical reflection of key themes, verbal
2. Research skills, including the ability     discussion and the written analysis and
    to identify a research question and to    interpretation the relevant material.
    collect and manipulate data to            Lectures and tutor led seminars and
    answer that question SPAB 3.5; CB         project work promote this. Students are
    4.2 & 5.2                                 introduced to ways in which different
3. Evaluative and analytic skills, to         perspectives can be employed to
    assess the outcomes of criminal           interpret a range of social issues.
    justice, crime prevention and social      Lectures encourage a critical awareness
    policy intervention on individuals and    of the social world and an appreciation of
    communities SPAB 3.5; CB 5.3              the diverse ways of interpreting social
4. Sensitivity to the values and interests    phenomena. Essays allow students to
    of others and to the dimensions of        demonstrate sustained ability.
    difference SPAB 3.5; CB 4.2               Intellectual skills are assessed through
5. Ability to interpret both research data    coursework which constitutes 50% of
    and official statistics CB 5.2            final mark.
C. Subject-specific Skills, graduates
    should be able to:
1. Identify and use theories and              All learners receive initial guidance on
    concepts in criminology to analyse        how to identify, locate and use material
    issues of crime and criminal justice      available in the library and online
    CB 4.2 & 5.3                              resources. Comprehensive reading lists
2. Identify and use theories and              are provided for each module at outset,
    concepts in social policy to analyse      as are guidelines for the production of
    social issues SPAB 3.4                    essays. Discussions of theoretical and
3. Seek out and use statistical data          conceptual issues are integrated into all
    relevant to issues of crime and           modules. And students are encouraged
    criminal justice CB 4.2 & 5.3             to evaluate a comprehensive sample of
4. Seek out and use statistical data          perspectives and texts.
    relevant to social issues SPAB 3.4
5. Undertake an investigation of an           Assessment through
    empirical issue, either on their own or    Guided assessment
    with other students SPAB 3.4; CB           Discussion of issues
    5.2                                        Presentations in class
6. Understand the nature and                   Essays and projects
    appropriate use, including the ethical    Marks for essays and exams but not
    implications, of diverse social           individual seminar contributions
    research strategies and methods CB
    4.2, 5.2 & 5.3
7. Distinguish between technical,
    normative, moral and political
    questions SPAB 3.4
D. Transferable skills are also core to
the key skills agenda that is
incorporated into all modules (see
module specifications):
1. Study and learn independently, using       All courses require regular written work
    library and internet sources SPAB         and regular feedback on this is given to
    5.8; CB 5.4                               the learner to help develop their power of

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2. Have an appetite for learning and be      presentation, analysis and
   reflective, adaptive and collaborative    communication. Skill 7 is learnt through
   in their approach CB 4.2 & 5.4            the management of time to meet
3. Make short presentations to fellow        deadlines and in planning out projects.
   students and staff SPAB 5.8; CB 5.4       IT skills are learnt though course work
4. Communicate ideas and arguments           and developed through individual
   to others, both in written and spoken     learning.
   form SPAB 5.8; CB 5.4
5. Prepare essays and reference the          Effective communication of ideas,
   material quoted according to              problem solving and research skills are
   conventions in social policy SPAB         continually taken into account in
   5.8; CB 5.4                               assessing all areas of a learner’s work,
6. Use IT to word process, conduct on-       and regular feedback and the final mark
   line searches, communicate by email       reflects this. Group work skills and skills
   and access data sources SPAB 5.8;         of time planning and management are
   CB 5.4                                    not formally assessed.
7. Develop skills in time management
   by delivering academic work on time
   and to the required standard CB 5.4
8. Develop interpersonal and team work
   skills to enable them to work
   collaboratively, negotiate, listen and
   deliver results SPAB 5.8; CB 5.4

13. Programme Structures and Requirements, Levels, Modules, Credits and

For an Honours degree, students must take 360 credits. At least 210 credits at level I
or above including at least 90 credits at level H or above (note: that the DoS will be
responsible for ensuring credits taken abroad in Stage 3 are of Honours level). The
programme is studied 3 years full-time.

Students successfully completing Stage 1 of the programme and meeting credit
framework requirements who do not successfully complete Stage 2 will be eligible for
the award of the Certificate in Criminology and Social Policy. Students successfully
completing Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the programme and meeting credit framework
requirements who do not successfully complete Stage 3 will be eligible for the award
of the Diploma in Criminology and Social Policy. To complete Stage 3 of the
programme students will have two pathway options to choose between, either:

Option1: taking 60 credits at the Kent in the Autumn term, and
       60 equivalent credits in the Spring term at the chosen partner institution
       (currently only SDSU)

Option 2: taking 60 credits at Kent in the Autumn term, and
         45 equivalent credits in the Spring term at the chosen partner institution
        (currently only SDSU). Plus 15 Kent credits for completing their dissertation
        module (SO679) over the two terms.

At its discretion the University allows for narrow failure in a small proportion of
modules to be compensated by good performance in other modules or, in cases of
documented illness or other mitigating circumstances, condoned.

Code         Title                  Level             Credits           Term(s)

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Year 1 Students are required to take 120 credits
Required Modules (* Note: all asterisked modules cannot be compensated,
condoned or trailed):
SA300*          Social           C               15           Autumn
                Problems and
                Social Policy:
                I: Youth, the
                Family and the
SA301*          Social           C               15           Spring
                Problems and
                Social Policy:
                2: The Market,
                the Family and
                the State
SO305*          Introduction to C                15           Autumn
SO333*          Crime, Culture C                 15           Spring
                and Control
SO336*          Sociology of     C               15           Autumn
                Everyday Life
SO337*          Fundamentals C                   15           Spring
                of Sociology
Optional Modules
See Social Sciences Stage 1 Handbook
Year 2 Students are required to take 120 credits
Required Modules
SO505           Sociology of     I               30           Autumn and
                Deviance                                      Spring
SO 536          Criminal         I               30           Autumn and
                Justice in                                    Spring
                Modern Britain
SO601           Welfare in       I               30           Autumn and
                Modern Britain                                Spring
SO602           Social           I               30           Autumn and
                Research                                      Spring

Year 3 Students are required to take 120 credits, 60 or 45 of which (depending
on the option the student selects) will be equivalent credits from the chosen
partner institution
Optional Modules
Students must choose modules worth 60 credits from the following list of Social
Policy options in the Autumn term (Please see the Social Sciences Stages 2 & 3
Handbook for an up-to-date options list). The remaining 60 (Option 1) or 45 (Option
2) equivalent credits must be chosen from criminology modules provided by the
selected partner institution. The options list at the partner institution will be available
through either the European Office or the International Office, and the DoS.
SA525              Education,        H                  15                  Autumn
                   Training and
                   Social Policy

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SA531            Care and          H                 15                Autumn
                 Protection of
SO539            Environmental     H                 15                Autumn
                 Policy and

SO544               Gender, Work    H                  15              Autumn
                    and the Family
SO645               The Third       H                  15              Autumn
SO665               Migration,      H                  15              Autumn
                    Health and
                    Social Care
Term Abroad (Spring)
Students spend their term abroad at one of our partner institutions. Our partner
institutions for this programme are currently as follows:

San Diego State University (SDSU)

The University has either a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) or a valid ‘Inter-
institutional ERAMUS Agreement’ (IIEA) with each of the institutions cited above. In
the case of the IIEAs, these are validated on annual basis by the University of Kent’s
European Office. The School is involved in an ongoing dialog with the partnered
institutions and term abroad students in an effort to ensure academic standards at
these institutions meet the expectations of Kent students.

Students who spend a term abroad will have to enter into Learning Agreement
negotiated with the Director of Studies for the programme. This will then have to be
counter-signed by the European Office or the International Office. Modules taken
abroad contribute either 60 credits (Option 1) or 45 credits (Option 2) to the
Bachelors programme. This will be dependent on whether the student registers for
the undergraduate dissertation (SO679).

If a student returns from a term abroad having failed to obtain the required 60
credits/45 credits the School will try to provide appropriate referral methods
(equivalent to the failed credits). Any modules/referral methods taken in order to gain
the failed credits will have their marks capped at a maximum of 40% (in-line with the
University’s Credit Framework). In the event the School is unable to provide
appropriate referral methods the student will have to revert back to studying the
standard ‘BA in Criminology and Social Policy’. In this case, they would not be
credited with the ‘Term Abroad’ upon completion of the programme.

Arrangements specific to San Diego State University

Outside of the outstanding intellectual and pedagogic reasons for SDSU/UKC
undergraduate criminology exchange, the highly compatible Credit Framework of
both institutions ensures a smooth mapping of transferable credits. Simply stated 15
UKC credits is exactly equivalent to 4 SDSU credits. Furthermore students select an
equivalent number of options/modules, ensuring that contact hours are compatible
across institutions.

During student’s study visit to SDSU their module options will be subject to the

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following stipulations:
      Students will have to select a minimum of 12 SDSU credits (45 UoK credits)
        to ensure they comply with US student visa requirements. In principle all
        students will be taking 16 SDSU credits (60 UoK credits), unless they are
        registered for the SSPSSR dissertation module (SO679), in which case they
        will take 12 SDSU credits (45 UoK credits).
      Prior to leaving for the US all students will select their SDSU credits from a list
        provided by the host institution (through the DoS, International Office or
        Exchange Coordinator). Given the nature of American university course
        delivery, it is difficult to confirm in advance exactly which specific modules will
        offered in any given year. However the wide array of options offered by the
        criminology and criminal justice faculty at SDSU will easily provide adequate
        choice for students to complete the required 12/16 SDSU credits.
      To ensure that modules selected in SDSU are appropriate both in terms of
        substantive subject specific content and in terms of meeting the required
        programme learning outcomes, each student will meet with the SSPSSR
        SDSU Criminology Exchange Coordinator (currently Dr Keith Hayward) to
        finalise a suitable and compatible suite of SDSU modules.

14 Support for Students and their Learning
    Accessible, friendly and well qualified academic staff
    Friendly and efficient administrative staff
    Orientation talks at the start of each academic year
    School handbook with information for undergraduate students
    Weekly lectures and seminars
    Essay marking scheme with assessment grid and detailed comments
    Individual teaching on dissertation courses
    Access to the Library and an extensive collection in the field of social policy
    Tutorial system providing advice on personal, academic and career issues
    School web site with information about staff, courses and web links
    Training and support in the use of IT
    Encouragement to use Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
    Access to university support services such as the Medical Centre, Day
     Nursery, Counselling Service, Students Union, English Language Unit, Sports
     Centre and Careers Service
    Erasmus and International Co-ordinator can be consulted on an individual
     basis by telephone, email or in person

Support arrangements specific to San Diego State University:

      It has been agreed that an equivalent position of UKC-SDSU Criminology
       Exchange Coordinator will be established within the School of Public Policy,
       SDSU (initially this post will be filled by Professor Larry Herzog)
      Additional bi-weekly meetings have been arranged between SSPSSR
       exchange students and the Head of the School of Public Policy, SDSU
       (currently Professor Stuart Henry)

15 Entry Profile
Entry Route
For fuller information, please refer to the University prospectus
 A/As level 240 points (21 units) including either CC at A level or CC in 12 unit

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   VCE A level (AGNVQ),
 IB 28 points (15 at Higher)
 Successful completion of relevant Access course
 For students for whom English is not their first language, proficiency in English
   with an average of 6.5 in IELTS, and a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing
What does this programme have to offer?
 An interesting and stimulating degree programme
 Located in a School which gained 5* (the highest grade possible) for the quality
   of its research and was judged ‘excellent’ for its teaching
 A chance to acquire knowledge and understanding about a broad range of topics
   and some of the most controversial issues of today
 An opportunity to develop some key skills
 A route to a wide range of jobs and careers in the public, private and voluntary
 A dynamic international experience in a new learning environment
Personal Profile
 An interest in addressing social problems in contemporary society
 An interest in the problem of crime and its impact and in improving the quality of
   life of individuals, families and communities
 A concern with issues such as equality, exclusion, poverty, diversity, identity,
   citizenship and social justice
 A willingness to consider a range of normative, theoretical and political positions
 A readiness to engage with the issues of the day and to take part in debates
   about crime and social problems and policy responses to them
 An ability to learn and develop in a different international University environment.
 A willingness to travel and develop the skills required to study abroad.

16 Methods for Evaluating and Enhancing the Quality and Standards of
    Teaching and Learning
Mechanisms for review and evaluation of teaching, learning, assessment, the
curriculum and outcome standards
 Student evaluations and surveys of teaching on all modules
 Annual reports on all modules and programmes
 Discussion at staff meetings of module reports and of teaching innovations
 Student/Staff Liaison Committee which meets at least once a term
 External examiners responsible for maintenance of academic standards
 Annual appraisal of all staff
 Peer review and observation of teaching
Committees with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating quality and
 School Learning and Teaching Committee
 Boards of Examiners for Social Policy and Criminology
 School Staff Group Meetings
 Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee
 Learning and Teaching Board of the University
Mechanisms for gaining student feedback on the quality of teaching and their
learning experience
 Annual student evaluations and survey of all modules
 Student/Staff Liaison Committee meets at least once a term
 Student representation on School Learning and Teaching Committee
Staff Development priorities include:
 Training of all new staff by completion of the two year PGCHE

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    Enhancement of the teaching skills of experienced staff by attendance at Staff
     Development Sessions
    Staff appraisal scheme
    Meetings of staff responsible for particular modules and programmes
    Regular seminars for staff and postgraduate students
    Maintenance of successful research profile
    Staff encouraged to take part in wider social policy field in terms of conference
     presentations, publications, editorial work, research advisory work, contributions
     to the media, and other activities

17 Indicators of Quality and Standards
 Research in the School was ranked 4th nationally in the Research Assessment
   Exercise (RAE) in 2008
 Teaching in the School was judged ‘excellent’ in the most recent QAA exercise

The following reference points were used in creating these specifications:
 The Benchmarking Statement for Social and Policy and Administration and Social
   Work (QAA 2007)
 The Periodic Programme Review for the School of Sociology, Social Policy and
   Social Research (UKC 2006)


Knowledge and Understanding

Programme                 Programme Modules (Core: Stage 1)
                  SA300     SA301     SO305 SO333 SO336 SO337
A2                   √         √         √        √
A3                                       √        √
A4                             √
A5                             √         √        √
A6                                       √        √
A7                   √         √         √        √
A8                   √         √
A9                   √         √         √        √

Programme        Programme Modules (Core:
Outcomes         Stages 2
                 SO505 SO536 SO601 SO602
A1                         √
A2                  √      √       √
A3                  √
A4                                 √
A5                         √       √
A6                  √      √
A7                  √      √       √      √
A8                                 √
A9                  √              √

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Skills and Other Attributes

Programme              Programme Modules (Core: Stage 1)
               SA300      SA301   SO305 SO333 SO336 SO337
B1               √          √       √     √
B2                                  √     √
B3                √           √     √     √
B4                √           √     √
B5                √           √     √     √

Programme      Programme Modules (Core:
Outcomes       Stages 2)
               SO505 SO536 SO601 SO602
B1                √      √       √      √
B2                √      √              √
B3                √      √       √      √
B4                √      √       √      √
B5                √      √       √      √

Subject-Specific Skills

Programme              Programme Modules (Core: Stage 1)
               SA300      SA301   SO305 SO333 SO336 SO337
C1                                  √     √
C2                √           √     √
C3                                  √     √
C4                √           √     √     √
C5                                  √     √
C6                √           √     √     √
C7                √           √

Programme      Programme Modules (Core:
Outcomes       Stages 2)
               SO505 SO536 SO601 SO602
C1                √      √
C2                               √
C3                       √
C4                               √      √
C5                       √              √
C6                √      √       √      √
C7                               √      √

Transferable Skills

Programme              Programme Modules (Core: Stage 1)
               SA300      SA301   SO305 SO333 SO336 SO337
D1               √          √       √     √     √     √
D2               √          √       √     √     √     √

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D3             √     √      √      √     √   √
D4             √     √      √      √     √   √
D5             √     √      √      √     √   √
D6             √     √      √      √     √   √
D7             √     √      √      √     √   √
D8             √     √      √            √   √

Programme   Programme Modules (Core:
Outcomes    Stages 2)
            SO505 SO536 SO601 SO602
D1             √      √       √      √
D2             √      √       √      √
D3             √      √       √      √
D4             √      √       √      √
D5             √      √       √      √
D6             √      √       √      √
D7             √      √       √      √
D8             √      √       √      √

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