Studying Criminology at Newman University
2nd year Criminology student Ellie, discusses what it’s like to study Criminology at Newman University.
“At first glance, it would appear that Criminology involves studying serial killers that you see in Netflix documentaries or delving into the mind of a psychopath, but that is not always the case.
“Criminology looks at both of the topics but not in the ways that you think they would. The course is laid out in a way which makes all modules easily accessible and there is always a part of a module that someone will find interesting. In my first year, I covered modules such as the psychology of crime, the sociology of crime, the Criminal Justice system and many others. All of these modules within the first term and year, set you up nicely for the modules you cover in the second and third year and they all seem to be connected in one way or another. Furthermore, the way in which the modules are laid out means that as a group, you can discuss with the lecturer which parts of the module you can cover first, if that is what you would like to cover within your assignment.
“At Newman, we are very lucky to have lecturers who have differing areas of expertise and the corresponding module is likely to be taught by them so you can get the most out of the module. The lecturers all have different teaching styles which makes no two lessons the same. These can include a standard lecture in which they talk to you and you make notes, a discussion or debate where a lecturer gives a topic and as a group you discuss this using theory and concepts you have learnt, or workshops which allow you to have the one-on-one contact with the lecturer to go through an assignment or something that you might be struggling with.
“The lecturers here at Newman adopt a student first approach which means they will take as much time out of their day and their own research to sit and help students gather the resources they need to succeed. Tutorials, much like workshops, are very common because it means you can spend time going through a draft of an assignment with the relevant lecturer, or you can discuss anything that’s troubling you.
“The assignments range from essays and posters to blogs, and really do cover a wide range of ways to convey information. Adopting Harvard referencing throughout, all assignments come with an assignment brief giving you a checklist of broad points that should be covered as well as how the assignment should be laid out, and they provide rough grade boundaries to allow you to work towards a certain mark.
“Studying Criminology at Newman, for me, has been one of the best choices I have ever made and I have really come out of my shell whilst being on the course. All the modules you study, with the option to pick your own in years two and three, really give you the range you need to make career decisions and be knowledgeable in all fields.”
– Ellie Brace, Newman University Criminology student –