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Criminology in the Real World

COVID-19 needs to be addressed

Various community needs, as within this module there are 16 projects. A few examples of these projects are provided here.

Example 1: working with the local probation service to research how online support and supervision can be provided during the pandemic.

Example 2: working with a local prison to understand the long term impacts of Covid 19 on prisoner rehabilitation.

Example 3: working with a local athletics club to research how to provide diversionary sporting activity, mentoring and coaching for at risk youth during the pandemic.

Example 4: working with the local city authorities to understand crime displacement during the pandemic.

Country: United Kingdom

Year: 2020-2021

Institution: Nottingham Trent University

# of students: 350

Person in charge: Andrea Lyons-Lewis


Interaction with beneficiaries: Virtual

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Sociology

Community Service Area & ODS: Peace, justice and strong institutions | Sustainable cities and communities | Reducing inequalities

Brief description

As indicated above we have 16 projects with 16 different partners ranging from women’s centres to statutory organisations.

In terms of knowledge and understanding the learning outcomes are:

  • Evaluate and apply the principles of applied criminology and public criminology to live projects;
  • Evaluate the ethical and methodological issues surrounding (action) research on crime problems;
  • Reflect on the contribution made by students to criminal justice/community-based organisations in tackling social issues;
  • Analyse, discuss and present criminological perspectives in relation to your applied criminology project;
  • Evaluate theory and practice in relation to a specific criminological issue and the relationship to social justice and other affiliated concepts;
  • Analyse models of reflective learning.

Skills, qualities & attributes learning outcomes are:

  • Collate, disseminate and evaluate a range of information about a local community or group in need;
  • Apply theories and models of reflective learning;
  • Utilize action research and participatory working practices;
  • Demonstrate effective group work and project management skills;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice and the challenges of implementation;
  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills, both orally and in writing.
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