BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN CRIMINOLOGY AND SECURITY STUDIES

Introduction

Sociology has always endeavoured to expose students or clients to the study of social life, social causes and consequences of human behaviour. Thus, in presenting a bachelor of Arts degree in criminology and security  studies CRSS, the faculty is meeting the national needs on capacity building in the police, prison and private security firms. Sociology provides a rich  knowledge directly concerning these institutions. It offers research techniques and contributes to institutional reforms particularly in criminology and security studies.

Justification

The  Programme  is designed for students or clients who wish to pursue careers in police services, forensic investigations, human Rehabilitation services and security management.  Thus, the graduates of this programme will be prepared to take up managerial positions in the public sector especially in; the police service, prisons and probation departments.  The private sector will find the graduates useful in security management and related roles.  In general, it is expected that this programme will complement and sustain the professionalisation of the police, prison and probation services in East Africa and beyond.

Objectives

The main objective of the programme is to provide an indept study of social life, social causes and consequences of human behaviour. This is structured into three areas of specialised options with respective objectives:
Option 1: Rehabilitation and probation services
The option  empowers the learner with knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary in effective rehabilitation of offenders. It also provides skills on correctional services and institutional management.

Option 2: Security and Disaster management
The option is designed to equip the learners with the necessary knowledge and skills in security management. It mainly focuses on the establishment of capacity building and professionalism in security services. It also provides skills on emergencies fire, protection and disaster management.

Option 3: Criminal and forensic investigation
The option  trains competent investigators who will have essential skills necessary for deducing and deliberating on criminal issues. The forensic methods, techniques and crime scene management, enhances professional skills.

Admissions


(i)    Any applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements for admission into the University in general and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in particular, may be admitted into this programme.
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(ii)    Admission may be granted to outstanding holders of a certificate in criminology or police science/training from recognized colleges, who will have passed with at least a credit or its equivalent.
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(iii)    Alternatively, admission may be granted to Diploma holders with at least a credit or its equivalent in criminology or Police Science from a recognized institution.  Diploma holders may qualify for credit transfer to the programme.

Loading and Duration of Study
The B.A Criminology and Security Studies programme shall extend for a period of eight semesters.  This will be offered in the following alternative modes.
(i)    Full time lectures/ classes shall run normally for a period of eight semesters.
(ii)    Part- time. In order to complete the course in eight semesters, the student shall attend a three hour ? lectures in the evenings for five days in a week and a minimum of six hours in all.
(iii)    The part ?time students shall be required to register for a minimum of six courses per semester in order to complete the degree programme in three years.
The Programme in Criminology and Security Studies shall require the students to complete a minimum of twenty (20) criminology courses out of which at least 14 (80%) will be core courses.  The students will take the options of their specialisation in fourth year.

6.0      Course Coding
The criminology courses are coded as follows; ?CRSS? Stands for Criminology and Security Studies .  It is followed by 4 digits interpreted alternatively as; introductory i.e. Second digit 1, 2 and 3 indicates areas of specialization/option, the third digit indicates the series of courses. The  options are:
(1)     Rehabilitation and probation services.
(2)    Security and disaster management.
(3)     Criminal and forensic investigation.

Examinations

  • University examination rules and regulations shall apply.
  • Course work assessment consists of;

a)    Main examination 70%
b)    Continuous assessment tests and term papers 30%
c)    Candidates under practicum / attachment shall satisfy Departmental        requirements.
(d)     In general, each 3.0 CF course will take a minimum of 45 contact hours per semester and each will be examined for two hours.

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