Criminology Skills

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Criminology Skills

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course covers the range of practical and academic skills necessary to see students through their criminology and criminal justice undergraduate degree and beyond into the workplace. It introduces students to the different careers open to them as criminal justice professionals, the things that they will need to be able to undertake in order to study criminology and criminal justice, to perform well in assessment, and to become competent in searching for, and evaluating, criminological materials. The course begins with a consideration of the key skills necessary for a successful career in criminology and criminal justice. Thereafter, the course is divided into two main parts. Part 1 introduces students to the main source materials commonly used in the study of criminology and criminal justice. The aim is to get students to start to think critically about where information about crime and the criminal process comes from, how to find it and how to evaluate it. Part 2 aims to help students to strengthen the ways in which they approach their studies in criminology and criminal justice. Here, a key focus is on how to address effectively different forms of assessment and how to fulfill the academic requirements of the study of criminology and criminal justice. The course concludes with some reflections on how students might put their criminological skills to best use in their degree program and in professional life. Throughout the course, an emphasis is placed on practical activities.
    Course Introduction
    This core, introductory course covers the range of practical and academic skills necessary to see students through their criminology and criminal justice undergraduate degree and beyond into the workplace. It introduces students to the different things that they will need to be able to do in order to study criminology and criminal justice, to perform well in assessment, and to become competent in searching for, and evaluating, criminological materials. It also has a career focus, familiarising students with the range of employment opportunities open to them when they graduate, and the opportunities and resources available to students at Griffith for increasing employability.
    Course Aims
    This course introduces students to potential careers in criminology and criminal justice, and to the key practical and academic skills they will need to master in order to succeed in their studies and in their professional lives.
    Students will learn how to find, use and evaluate different criminological sources and how to strengthen their critical thinking and communication skills; essential skills in student and professional life.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Identify a broad range of careers open to graduates of criminology and criminal justice programs, and be aware of strategies that can assist you in entering the career of your choice.
    2 Understand the professional and academic skills needed for success, and to have developed your own skills in key areas.
    3 Identify the main sources that contribute to our knowledge and understanding of crime and the criminal process
    4 Engage in a reasoned evaluation of the quality of criminological source material, and to use that material to structure a logical and reasoned argument.
    5 Demonstrate an understanding of when, and how, to provide references and avoid plagiarism
    6 Show improvement in your ability to plan, research and write in clear, correct English.
    7 Understand the key principles of effective verbal communication and teamwork.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Skills audit exercise

    10%/10

    Test or quiz
    Referencing quiz

    10%/20

    Assignment - Planning Document
    Essay outline

    30%/30

    Presentation - technical or professional
    Presentation

    20%/20

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Essay

    30%/30

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.