Law & Order: My glimpse into life as a criminology student
So, I’m one of those people that finds crime fascinating. If there’s a crime series or documentary on TV, there’s a good chance I’ll be watching it. I’m actually more drawn to documentaries because I think it’s interesting to think about how real crimes have affected real people and in turn, how it effects society. (And in another life, I think I’d be a pretty good criminal profiler! But that’s by the by…)
When I heard there was a Criminology & Criminal Justice taster session running here at Wrexham Glyndwr, I couldn’t resist popping along to find out a bit more about the degree and get a taste of a criminology lecture.
As part of the taster morning, we were given a lecture on signal crimes and criminals. At first I didn’t know what this meant, but it turned out to be a really interesting lecture. We looked at 6 very high profile cases from the last 60 years or so and watched some video clips about each – some of which were very moving and really made you think. Not just about the crime that had been committed, but how the person convicted, ended up in that situation and which aspects of their lived may have contributed to them becoming criminals (or why they were presumed to be guilty of a crime).
Two lecturers held this taster session, but they also talked about the rest of the team, and each of their fields of interest. What’s good about each academic is that they specialise in a different area of crime and criminal justice, for example, terrorism, homelessness, sexual offending, youth justice and imprisonment.
What I found really helpful about the course is that 40% is delivered online. Meaning that even on the full time course, you only need to be on campus for 2 days per week. Which I thought was really good for fitting around childcare and work commitments. Obviously, you’ll need to keep on top of assignments and online lectures outside of this, but you can do this at a time that’s best for you, which is great!
At the end of the session there was an opportunity to ask questions about the course and applying, so we talked about some entry requirements but the lecturers were very reassuring in that, even if you’re not sure that you’re going to get the grades you need, or if you’ve been out of education for a long time, don’t let that put you off applying. We also heard from an ex student, who had created a short video about the power of education, which was really lovely, and actually quite inspiring to watch.
All in all, it was a great morning, and really insightful, not just about the course, but also the wider topics surrounding crime and criminal justice. My advice to anyone who is thinking about studying criminology and criminal justice (or any other subject) at uni is to come along to a taster session if there’s one available. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the course in an informal setting, and also meet other prospective students!