Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 19/08/2019
College College Arts and Law
School Birmingham Law School
Department Law
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title LL.B. Law with Criminology Full-time
Programme Code 9588
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations SRA and BSB
Aims of the Programme The LLB Law with Criminology programme will provide a broad education about law and legal processes in England and Wales and the European Union and the constitution of the United Kingdom. The study of law equips students with knowledge and skills for a variety of careers – including in the legal professions, public sector and commercial organisations. For students seeking to become practising lawyers in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, the LLB Law with Criminology degree gives exemption from the first stage of professional examinations. In addition, the programme contains a specific focus on ‘criminology’, the study of the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behaviour in both the individual and in society. As an academic discipline criminology is an interdisciplinary field in that it draws primarily on writings in law, as well as the behavioural sciences, sociology (particularly in the sociology of deviance), and psychology. Areas of research in criminology include the workings of the administration of criminal justice and social and governmental regulations and reaction to crime, as well as understanding incidence, forms, causes and consequences and distribution of crime. Students are exposed to a wide range of approaches to the academic study of law — including analysis of the creation and application of legal rules, the impact of law on individuals, organisations and society, the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of law, and the moral and political values expressed in law and legal processes. However, they will develop enhanced subject knowledge of criminal law and criminal justice process. The LLB Law with Criminology programme provides a supportive environment in which students take responsibility for their own learning and aim to become effective life-long learners, with opportunities to review and reflect upon their academic and personal achievements through personal development planning.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The legal rules, principles and concepts of the "core" branches of law: Public Law (including constitutional law, administrative law and human rights); Law of the European Union; Criminal Law; Civil rights and obligations (including contract, tort and restitution); Property Law.
The main legal institutions and law-making processes of England & Wales and the European Union.
The significance of social, political, economic or commercial contexts in which legal rules and principles operate and of ethical issues and dilemmas and legal professional skills which arise for those making law and engaging in legal decision making.
A range of other areas of law, legal processes and legal techniques(in accordance with the optional modules taken by the student).
An understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches to classical and contemporary criminology, including: An understanding of the nature and appropriate use of research strategies and methods in relation to issues of crime and responses to crime; An understanding of the distinctive nature and scope of the discipline of criminology; a knowledge and appreciation of substantive areas of criminology along with specialist topics; an awareness of the social and historical context and development of the subject matter of criminology; understanding of the relationship of social divisions and diversity in relation to crime and the responses to crime; awareness of the local, national and international political, economic and legal influences on crime and responses to crime; an appreciation of the value of reflective practice and personal development planning.
According to the module, one or more of the following: lectures; seminars; individual supervision seminar; WebCT; self-directed reading and thinking; practice written work; peer assessment exercises. . Further information is available in the module descriptions
According to the module, one or more of the following: formal examinations; assessed essays; longer dissertationsl; written assessments; presentations; group work; reflections on own learning; participation in seminar; group supervisions.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Ability to research, identify and locate a range of legal material relating to England & Wales, the European Union and international law treaties (including legislation, case law and academic commentary) using printed and electronic sources.
Ability to analyse legal material by: bringing together relevant information; understanding judicial techniques of precedent and statutory interpretation; dealing with and applying problem solving skills to complex facts; judging what is relevant or irrelevant; advising on the application of legal rules to facts in real or hypothetical problems; articulating arguments whether in writing or orally in a coherent and logical manner.
Capability to evaluate and discuss law and law-related material by: synthesising, assessing and critically evaluating arguments; assessing whether significant information is not available or presented in an argument; evaluating the impact of law; considering alternative policy options; presenting a reasoned and personal prespective on theoretical and practical issues examined; considering the relevant parts of the law's context.
Oral and writing skills necessary to communicate facts, ideas and reasoned opinions to offer advice about law.
Some basic skills in numeracy (including scepticism about data and the ability to use numerical/statistical data in argument).
Teamwork skills needed to work effectively as a member of a small group.
Ability to carry out, working independently with limited guidance, small-scale research projects in legal and criminological fields (including identifying accurately the issues that require research, compiling bibliographies and using an academic referencing system).
Ability to use basic information technology and specialised legal technical resources for legal and criminological research and writing (including word-processing, email, the Internet, electronic databases of legal material).
Ability to monitor, reflect and build upon learning experiences and plan for personal
According to the module, one or more of the following: lectures; seminars; individual supervision; Canvas; self-directed reading and thinking; training sessions in the use of information technology for legal research and writing. Progress reviews with personal tutor; CEPLER Professional Development Scheme; personal study; reflecting on implications of individual feedback on formative work; reflecting on individual and generic feedback on summative assessment; practice written work; peer assessment exercises.
According to the module, one or more of the following: "unseen" examinations; course essays/project work; longer dissertations; presentations; group work, reflections on own learning.