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B.S in Criminology and Criminal Justice*

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The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice introduces students to the complex and interdisciplinary nature of criminology, its core theories of positivism and methodologies. Criminology as a science discipline concerns itself with the causes, nature, and treatment of crime and delinquency with a view to reducing and preventing crime in society. It prepares students for employment in a wide variety of criminal justice agencies. It also provides a foundation (lockstep) for Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s programme in criminology and other related social sciences. With the skills acquired, graduates of criminology from USC can also take up teaching and research positions in colleges and universities.

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Credits required for programme completion : 127
Length of programme : 4 years


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    | Core courses
    | Elective courses
    | Cognate courses
    | General education courses

  • CRMB101: Introduction to Criminology
    It provides a basic understanding of criminological concepts and theories and a solid foundation for future criminology courses. Topics include criminal event theory, crime research, biological, psychological, and sociological explanations of crime, social control theory, rational choice theory, opportunities theory, lifestyle exposure theory, the aftermath of crime, family and household crime, the relationship of crime to leisure activities and to employment, public policy, and crime prevention. The course will help develop your academic writing skills and familiarize you with contemporary educational tools.
  • CRMB201: Theories of Criminology
    Prerequisite: CRMB101 This course will provide an overview of selected theoretical perspectives on crime/deviance, including historical influences. The Study Guide will focus on the definition of key concepts (e.g., theory), the basic tenets and critiques of each theory, and the commonalities and differences between and within perspectives.
  • CRMB204: General Characteristics of Crime and Criminology
    Prerequisite: CRMB201 This course is designed to provide the student with a better understanding of the relationship between crime and a number of important social problems. Legal, sociological, and psychological perspectives with respect to the subjects of sexuality, drugs, violence, and euthanasia will be studied. In the Study Guide, textbooks, and course readings the tensions and dilemmas that underlie current criminal law and policy are explored and avenues for reform suggested.
  • CRMB208: Political Crimes/White Collar Crimes
    Prerequisite: CRMB204 In examining crimes committed by corporations and organisations, as well as individuals in the course of their occupation, this course explores: how such crimes are socially defined, who commits them, who is victimized by them, which social contexts promote them and how society responds to them. The economic, social and political costs of corporate and white-collar crime are compared to street crime.
  • CRMB301: Criminal Justice Systems
    Prerequisite: CRMB204 This course will provide students with an introduction to the criminal justice system and processes in the Caribbean. It will examine how the criminal justice system operates, its key agencies and processes, as well as their relationship with the wider institutions, structures and issues in modern society. It will also look critically at how theories of and debates concerning crime and criminal justice have influenced the history and development of the criminal justice system.
  • CRMB303: Methods of Social Research I
    Prerequisite: STAT120 An introduction to criminological research that is intended to develop the student’s research and analytical skills. Specifically, the course will focus on the theory of inquiry, the logic, and structure of criminological inquiry, research design, data gathering, analysis and reporting.
  • CRMB306: Policing and Security
    Prerequisite: CRMB301 An examination of the organisation and operation of contemporary Caribbean policing. Consideration of the history and development of policing in the Caribbean, the role of the police in Caribbean society and the police occupation, including recruitment and training. Discussion of police decision making and the exercise of discretion, police powers, and structures of accountability. Management of the police organisation. Examination of police-community relations and crime prevention initiatives.
  • CRMB307: Crime, Culture and Conflict
    Prerequisites: CRMB204 This course zeroes in on the relationship between culture, conflict and crime and examines the role of culture conflict in the causation of crime in modern day culturally diversified societies. In such societies, the dominant group criminalizes behaviour and enforces the law. Criminal behaviour is sub-cultural behaviour of the subject group.
  • CRMB311: Methods of Social Research II
    Prerequisite: STAT120 This is a course on Research Methods, which exposes students to a basic understanding of the research process, the methods available in the social sciences, and the interpretation of research findings. The issues relating to the validity of research, reliability of measures and ethical considerations are covered. The course focuses on qualitative methodologies and raises some interesting and sensitive issues for discussion. Some persons may have personal experience with some of the issues but students are advised to approach this course with an open mind so that they can engage in critical and objective thinking.
  • CRMB401: Victimology
    Prerequisite: CRMB204 This is a survey course covering contemporary developments in the field of victimology, its conceptual boundaries, its basic concepts and literature, its subfields and role as a field of study within criminology and criminal justice. The historical and emerging roles of victimology as a field of study are examined and discussed in depth. Special attention is paid to applied learning objectives with respect to each student’s personal experiences with the human dimensions of victimization.
  • CRMB407: Field Experience/Practicum
    It will give students an opportunity to learn through active participation with an appropriate agency. The course is designed to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate significant learning through their participation in the work of their chosen agency. In effect, the agency replaces the classroom as the focus of learning.
  • CRMB408: Methods of Social Research III
    Prerequisite: SOCI312 In this course, students will implement the proposal and gain field experience via data collection. The course also addresses questionnaire construction, coding, analyzing, and interpreting of data as well as report writing.
  • CRMB312: Restorative Justice
    This course exposes the student to a criminal justice system which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders. It places emphasis on reconciliation with victims and the community with the aim of reintegrating the offender. It emphasizes accountability and taking responsibility for one’s action that would have brought harm.

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<p><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Regular Admission</span></strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Five (5) CXC or O'level passes<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Or three (3) CXC or O'level passes & Two (2) A'level passes <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Adult Admission </span></strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p style="font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana',sans-serif; color: black;">Three (3) CXC or O'level passes* <o:p></o:p></span></p>


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