New Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice

New Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice

by SusanBellFlavin

NEW Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice

Policing in the 21st century brings great challenges and opportunities, with members of the force being presented with ever more complex and varied tasks in an ever changing environment. In this context, it is important that members of An Garda Siochana are afforded the opportunity to engage in further education which is relevant to their role and designed to equip them with academic knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of their role in a modern police force. A highly skilled, professional, reflexive force with a clear understanding of the legal and the human rights framework in which they operate will no doubt benefit both An Garda Siochana and Irish society, particularly those who engage with the police force at a time when they are most vulnerable.

In light of this, and building upon our existing relationship with An Garda Siochana, the School of Law in the University of Limerick has developed an online programme for existing members of the force which will lead to members being awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice. The programme is delivered over two years on a part-time basis by the School of Law and is designed for existing members of An Garda Siochana who have completed a level 7 BA in Applied Policing, delivered at An Garda Síochána Training College in Templemore, or equivalent.

This programme will allow learners to capitalise on their current expertise and develop their understanding of law and criminal justice. Students will complete ten modules, delivered by the School of Law using an online e-learning platform, leading to the award of a level 8 honours degree. Students will combine taught modules with research modules in order to develop their cognitive and technical skills. Students will also complete a final year project under the supervision of a faculty member with specific expertise in that area. This gives students the opportunity to work independently on a topic that is of personal interest to them and allows students to conduct research under their own direction.

As part of the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice, students will enhance their knowledge of the criminal justice system in Ireland through appraisal of the practical and academic debates that arise in the investigation of crime and by evaluating problems and identifying workable solutions to issues arising in the criminal justice system. Overall, the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice provides a unique opportunity for students to appraise the practical and academic debates that arise in the investigation of crime and it will equip them with skills and competencies that will be of benefit to them in navigating the challenging and evolving environment of the criminal justice system.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice is delivered by the School of Law at the University of Limerick which boasts considerable expertise in the criminal justice area. Students will be taught by experts in the area who have published widely both nationally and internationally on criminal justice topics.

Programme structure*

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policing and Criminal Justice will be delivered on a blended online learning basis and will incorporate a combination of self-instructional materials. These include: online lectures, student guide, interactive learning elements, core texts and recommended readings. There will be regular tutor led interactions and online tutorials.

Year 1 Autumn Semester Year 1 Spring Semester
LA4101 Law of Evidence (Online) LA4132 Human Rights Law (Online)
LA4061 Crime and Criminal Justice (Online) LA4112 Criminal Procedure (Online)

 

Year 2 Autumn Semester Year 2 Spring Semester
LA4071 Project 1 (Online) LA4152 Project 2 (Online)
Choose one of the following: Choose one of the following:
LA4081 Family Law (Online) LA4141 Constitutional Law – Fundamental Rights (Online)
LA4051 Criminal Law 1 (Online) LA4072 Criminal Law 2 (Online)
LA4034 Jurisprudence (Online) LA4046 Law and Psychology (Online)

 

Applications

The programme will commence on 21 August 2017 and the closing date for applications is 4 August 2017. The programme is open to students who have completed the level 7 BA in Applied Policing at An Garda Síochána Training College, Templemore or equivalent. Applicants who qualified before the first National Diplomas in Police Studies were awarded in 1993 must submit a portfolio outlining their relevant experience and competencies. Preference will be given to members with a minimum of five years service post attestation. Please contact the Course Director, Dr Lydia Bracken ( Lydia.Bracken@ul.ie or 353 61 202836) for further details.

For more information and to apply: http://www.ul.ie/cpe/HowToApply.

* Dr Eimear Spain, Dr Lydia Bracken and Professor Shane Kilcommins lecture in the Law School at the University of Limerick

* Programme structure may be subject to change