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Online sessions to help you learn about studying a degree in Criminology at university

Where there's civilisation, there's crime. It's a global concern, both on a local and international scale.

Studying a Criminology degree means looking at the deep lying reasons behind criminal behaviour. What social and psychological factors motivate their actions? What are the effects of crime on people and communities?

It also means considering ways of identifying and preventing crime using techniques from forensics to cyber technology. It means you, tackling one of society's biggest challenges.  

Up to the challenge? Discover the fascinating and complex world of Criminology through our virtual tasters and see why we're leading the way in Criminology studies at Portsmouth.

At our Criminology tasters, you’ll:

  • Find out what it’s like to study Criminology, Forensic Studies, and Criminal Justice at degree level
  • Be the judge and the jury in discussing and solving a real Crown Court case
  • Watch talks on why people offend, COVID-19 and the new challenges of cybercrime, using forensics to save the world's most-trafficked animal, how to use insects to explore circumstances surrounding death and using simulated environments to understand burglar behaviour
  • Hear from current students about their active learning experiences
  • Discover our links to industry and get ready to follow our previous students into graduate jobs in the fields of law enforcement, probation, crime rehabilitation, cybercrime, counter fraud and crime prevention
  • Pick and choose what you’d like to get involved in, from a collection of online webinars, student chat and advice

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We'll send you more details about the sessions and remind you when it's coming up. You'll also get access to recordings and other useful info if you can’t make it.


Criminology Taster Days programme

Although the live event has finished, you can still sign up and we'll send you details on how to access recordings from the sessions below.

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Day 1 – Tuesday 26 January 2021

Time: 9.00am to Ongoing availability

Welcome! Get an intro to the event and learn how to make the most of each session.

Time: 9.00am to ongoing availability

As a criminology graduate with critical thinking, analytical and communications skills, you're attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. Find out about careers and pathways you could take with a Criminology degree, and what roles our graduates have gone on to do.

Time: 9.00am to ongoing availability

Could you make a difference? Joining the police is life-changing. Not just for you but for the people and communities you’ll serve. And there's different pathways to get there. Find out what it takes, and explore all the options available.

Time: 10.00am-11.00am – also available on demand shortly after

Can we make prisons better? This talk considers how prisons have developed in the UK, and whether there are places in the world where prisons are better. Focusing on the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and Iceland, let's explore what we might learn from prison systems around the world.

Time: 10.00am-11.00am – also available on demand shortly after

Examine how criminal organisations are using fraudulent passports to commit a number of crimes, including, terrorism, human trafficking and fraud, and what the implications are for the criminal justice system. You'll get to see how difficult it is to be a border agent, and if you can spot a fake passport.

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

This lecture explains how and why practitioners use insects to explore the circumstances surrounding death, including estimation of how long the cadaver has been present at the scene. Some graphic images – viewer discretion is advised.

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Social media is now the most common way to communicate online. But how do you know if the information you are sharing is secure? In this interactive session, you'll learn the basics of personal cybersecurity and staying safe online, questioning how much you should expose on social media as well as how to make the best use of available privacy settings.

Time: 1.00-2.00pm

The floor is yours. This session is your chance to ask us your questions. This could be about different subjects, any of the talks you've watched so far, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

Discover the reasons why people offend and re-offend. It's important to consider that change of any kind is difficult, individuals who desire to stop offending often struggle with changing their entire lifestyle and social circle. We'll look at factors like substance abuse, financial gain and most importantly, identity and purpose in life.

Day 2 – Wednesday 27 January 2021

Time: 9.00am to Ongoing availability

Welcome! Get an intro to the event and learn how to make the most of each session.

Time: 9.00am to ongoing availability

As a criminology graduate with critical thinking, analytical and communications skills, you're attractive to employers both inside and outside the criminal justice sector. Find out about careers and pathways you could take with a Criminology degree, and what roles our graduates have gone on to do.

Time: 9.00am to ongoing availability

Could you make a difference? Joining the police is life-changing. Not just for you but for the people and communities you’ll serve. And there's different pathways to get there. Find out what it takes, and explore all the options available.

Time: 9.00am to ongoing availability

Catch up on any any talks and subject sessions that you missed from previous days by accessing our recordings.

Time: 10.00am-11.00am – also available on demand shortly after

There are some big challenges in policing hate crime. With an estimated 184,000 hate crimes committed in 2017-2018, this session explores the challenges that the police face in responding to this type of crime. We'll look at the difficulties in understanding the concept of hate crime, the previous failings made by police and why this remains an important issue, due to the adverse impact on victims.

 

Time: 10.00am-11.00am – also available on demand shortly after

Through jury service we impose a duty on citizens to decide on the faith of defendants charged with the most serious criminal offences who are facing the greatest potential loss of liberty. How do jurors make decisions? How well do jurors understand complex evidence? And what if juries get it wrong?

So you be the judge! Let's consider a real Crown Court case. What would you do?

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

This talk considers the role that burglary plays in experienced burglars' lives. It discusses how we can use virtual reality to discover whether we can consider burglars to be ‘experts’ in their field, and whether this leads to habitual and unconscious offending.

The use of simulated environments to understand behaviour and decision-making will be demonstrated, and you'll be introduced to how these methods can be applied to a range of different crimes.

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

COVID-19 has dominated our everyday lives in many ways. It's forced us to move a large part of our lives online, from home-working to communicating with friends and family, attending events and shopping.

This change has opened up many opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage of the public. Especially as we adjust to new technology, platforms and applications, and juggling the challenges that lockdowns have imposed.

This talk discusses how the cybercrime and cybersecurity landscape has changed in the current climate, how to assess different threats and ways of being safer online.

Time: 1.00-2.00pm

Hear from someone like you. This is your chance to ask current students your questions, as we invite guides from each pathway to speak to you. This could be about their lived experiences, the Criminology degree they study, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

Time: 2.30pm-3.30pm – also available on demand shortly after

Around 300 pangolins are illegally poached every day for their meat and scales. However, a breakthrough in forensics means that we might now be able to identify those who are responsible. This lecture introduces you to the problem of wildlife crime and the ways it links to other serious and organised crimes, such as terrorism. We'll then explore the forensic techniques which are now helping wildlife rangers to collect evidence and bring offenders to justice.

Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm – also available on demand shortly after

One more chance to ask us your questions. Speak to us about different subjects, any of the talks you've watched so far, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

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