School of Law, Criminology and Government

BSc (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

Are you ready to make your mark? If you’ve studied a foundation course in law with criminology and criminal justice (CCJS) at one of our partner colleges and want to obtain a law degree, BSc (Hons) Law with CCJS will prepare you for a career in the legal or criminal justice professions and beyond. Develop a breadth of transferable skills, and benefit from our focus on teaching law in the ‘real’ world.

*Please note: the first two years of the degree are only available through Plymouth University’s partner colleges which provide you with a foundation degree in law, enabling you to join the third year of our law, criminology and criminal justice programmes to obtain the BSc law degree.

Key features

  • Choose from a range of relevant third year law and CCJS options from the LLB (Hons) Law programmes and BSc (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies.
  • Top-up your degree with a one year Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) before applying for the solicitors’ Legal Practice Course or the Barristers’ Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
  • Benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and CCJS staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching.
  • Pursue further criminological study – we offer an MSc in Criminology at Plymouth Law School
  • Take part in relevant work experience and research in areas such as criminal justice, employment and family law via our Law Clinic.

*Please note: the first two years of the degree are only available through Plymouth University’s partner colleges which provide you with a foundation degree in law, enabling you to join the third year of our law, criminology and criminal justice programmes to obtain the BSc law degree.

Course details

  • Overview
  • You will develop the appropriate analytical and research techniques required to examine the fields of law and criminal justice, and can choose from optional modules including criminal law, comparative youth justice and professional knowledge of policing. You will also complete a module focussing on career planning and employability, and have the option to produce a substantial dissertation on a legal or legally related area, which may be set in the context of criminology and criminal justice.

    Core modules
    • LAWGEAR3 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to continue the process of development of self-assessment and reflection with particular focus on career planning and employability post- graduation.

    Optional modules
    • CCJS3148 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

      This module focuses upon a contemporary criminal justice-related issue that has received attention in the media and in official reports but may not be well covered yet in an established academic literature. The purpose of the module is for students to collect data on the issue and to subject it to a thorough criminological analysis, using the variety of concepts and perspectives covered throughout the degree programme.

    • CCJS3150 Crimes of the Powerful

      Criminology has tended to ignore crimes of the powerful instead focusing on everyday street crimes and the crimes of lower status individuals. This module rebalances this bias by focusing on the crimes that power makes possible. It introduces students to theory, research, and case-studies on corporate and white-collar crimes, as well as state crimes.

    • CCJS3154 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice

      This module examines the relevance of gender in understanding the experiences and treatment of women offenders within the criminal justice system. This gendered perspective draws on theoretical and empirical insights to engage critically with malestream criminology and to review the important issues in relation to policy and practice that arise from this.

    • CCJS3156 Criminology of War

      This module explores the issue of crime in the context of war and conflict. Theoretical and conceptual understandings of crime, violence, victimisation and justice will be used to interrogate acts considered as war crimes. The module will address the history of crimes committed in war and will critically explore international criminal justice responses.

    • CCJS3158 Drugs, Crime and Society

      This module critically examines the social construction of drug use and control in the UK and internationally, analysing the relationship between drugs, crime and society. A comparative approach will be utilized to explore the contextual dimensions of illicit drug use and control. Students will read criminological texts, engage with works from other disciplines and critically analyse non-academic sources, including popular journalism, internet sites and postings, and films.

    • CCJS3165 Crime, Punishment and Social Change

      This module responds to a growing criminological interest in the history of crime and punishment. It examines how attitudes towards crime and the punishments used have changed and developed since the 18th century. It introduces students to historical research methods by utilising both digital and local archives, and encourages them to research aspects from crime history and critically compare and contrast them with contemporary perspectives and criminological literature.

    • CCJS3166 Digital Crime and Deviancy

      This module explores the issue of crime related to digital technology, in particular the Internet. It will consider how digital technology normalises and legitimises criminal activity, with a particular focus on harassment, sexual crimes and activities related to children and young people. The module will also consider approaches to tackling digital crime, considering legislative approaches contrasted against human rights issues.

    • CCJS3168 Hate Crime

      This module will present the problem of `hate crime¿ to students by identifying legislation, policy and practice that has been framed within its context. It will deconstruct the notion of hate crime and provide a critical reflection on the notion of `hate¿ and its manifestations in late modernity.

    • CCJS3171 International Human Rights and 'Children First' Youth Justice

      This module compares and contrasts youth justice policies and processes in a range of different countries. In particular, it analyses the impact of socio-political and cultural factors on youth justice debates from a comparative international perspective. This includes an analysis of the extent to which countries comply with international human rights standards.

    • LAW3222 Dissertation

      The production of a substantial dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) on a legal or legally related area with content and form determined by the student. For the LLB with CCJS or Business the dissertation will be set in context.

    • LAW3223 Work-based Action Research

      A module in which BSc Law with Business or CCJS students apply legal skills (including research) and knowledge by undertaking practical legal research as part of their work-based learning.

    • LAW3226 Company Law

      The module considers the key legal concepts, principles and policies relating to business organisation and corporate governance.

    • LAW3229 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW3230 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW3233 Commercial Law

      In outline this module covers elements of commercial law, trading, commercial relations and practice. It includes aspects of commercial transactions, agency, regulation enforcement and remedies.

    • LAW3238 Sex, Power and Legal Control

      This module examines how law and society controls and regulates sexual behaviour and conduct and why and how it criminalises and punishes certain activities and sexual expression. In particular it will focus on the enactment and implementation of laws relating to sexual autonomy and sex crime and examine how these are practically operationalized within the criminal justice process. Within this context the impact upon those affected by such legal regulation is also examined.

    • LAW3239 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW3242 Criminal law

      "This module provides in depth examination of basic principles and concepts of criminal law, an introduction to modes of participation, and detailed analysis of selected offences and defences. The module fulfils the professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council. "

    • LAW3244 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

    • LAW3248 Law, Literature and the Screen

    • MAR321 Carriage of Goods by Sea

      The study of the law relating to charterparties and bill of lading contracts, and liability for pollution.

    • MAR329 Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law

      The study of the law relating to Marine Insurance, including General Average and Admiralty Law.

    • SOC3538 Philosophy of Social Science

      A critical introduction to the philosophical foundations of social scientific research, with an emphasis on the development of analytic skills through which students explore the philosophical and methodological possibilities and limits of knowing the social world. Critical reflexivity toward future research practice is sought.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Law with CCJS programme specification 5075

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

In order to join this course, you'll need the successful completion of a foundation degree in law or an equivalent two-year higher-education qualification.

English language requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

For further information and to apply to this course, please contact the institution's admissions team directly.

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