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Study Skills for Criminology

Second Edition
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December 2011 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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The new edition of this best-selling study skills book provides a practical guide for success for individuals at every level of their criminology and criminal justice degree.

The new edition of this best-selling study skills book is a practical guide to success for individuals at every level of their criminology and criminal justice degree.

Fully revised to reflect changes in the curriculum, the book continues to provide students with practical and relevant information for their degree, including topics on choosing modules, sourcing and researching, applying theory to practice, writing essays, presentation skills, revision, taking exams and careers after your degree.

New to the second edition:

  • a chapter on plagiarism
  • developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources
  • expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills
  • advice on moving from A-level to university.

Maintaining its student-friendly approach and useful pedagogy - tips, activities, glossary, key terms and issues - Study Skills for Criminology is an essential purchase for any student of criminology or criminal justice looking to excel in their degree.

John Harrison, formerly of Teesside University
Mark Simpson is Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University.
Olwen Harrison, formerly of Teesside University.
Emma Martin is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Teesside University.


SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

 
Introduction
Programmes or Courses

 
Using This Book

 
Content of the Guide

 
 
PART ONE
 
The Academic Environment
The Academic Year And Modular Structure

 
How Will The Modules Be Taught?

 
How Much Time Will You Be Expected To Spend Studying?

 
Who Are Your Lecturers?

 
How Should You Study?

 
What Will Your Time At University Be Like?

 
Coping With Anxiety

 
Summary

 
 
Assessment in Criminology
What Is Assessment?

 
Types Of Assessment - Formative And Summative

 
Peer Assessment

 
Self-Assessment

 
Learning Outcomes

 
Marking Criteria

 
Choosing Modules To Study

 
Relative Weighting Of Assessments

 
Assessment Range

 
Summary

 
References

 
 
Presentation Skills
Presentations

 
Report Writing

 
Portfolio Building

 
Summary

 
References

 
 
Examination Assessment
Why Examinations?

 
Types Of Examination

 
Planning Your Examination Preparation

 
Organising Your Examination Revision

 
Gathering Information

 
Summarising Information

 
Memory Strategies

 
Past Papers As A Revision Aid

 
Examination Strategies

 
Writing Style

 
Using References

 
Protocols To Be Observed During Examinations

 
Marking Criteria

 
Feedback

 
Summary

 
References

 
 
PART TWO
 
Studying Criminology at University
What Is Criminology?

 
How Does Criminology Relate To Other Disciplines?

 
Summary

 
References

 
 
Finding Information about Criminology
Why Should We Read?

 
Starting Out

 
Reading For A Purpose

 
Sources Of Information

 
How To Use The Web

 
Using A Variety Of Sources

 
Finding Information

 
Summary

 
References

 
 
Essay Writing
Planning Your Essay Preparation

 
Reading And Understanding The Question

 
Gathering Information For Your Essay

 
Taking Notes From The Literature

 
Writing The Essay Conclusion

 
References And Bibliography

 
Presentation

 
Marking Criteria

 
Dissertation/Research Project Writing

 
Feedback

 
Summary

 
References

 
 
Understanding Plagiarism
Introduction

 
Definition

 
Types Of Plagiarism

 
The Consequences Of Plagiarism

 
Why Plagiarise?

 
Avoiding Plagiarism

 
Summary

 
References

 
 
Studying Criminological Theory and Criminal Justice Practice
Criminological Theories

 
Criminology Theories, Policy And Practice

 
Summary

 
References

 
 
PART THREE
 
Reflections on Studying at University
Reflections On Studying At University

 
 
Making Your Degree Work for You
Personal Development Planning

 
Criminological Occupations

 
Continuing In Education

 
Constructing A Curriculum Vitae (CV)

 
Summary

 
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Appendix 1: Sample Answers to Activity 7a
 
Appendix 2: Rationale for Activity 10g
 
Appendix 3: Useful Websites Appendix 4: Further Reading

Supplements

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Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

This is not just another 'how to study' book. This is about how to make the most of your studies and be ready in the workplace: how to make the investment pay off.'Dr Francis Pakes, Portsmouth University


The book contains no shortage of good advice on studying at university and adopts a practical approach to graduate skills and employment preparedness. A sound investment for new students.-Dr Pamela Davies, Northumbria University


Great introductory text for students - particularly those just starting out. Clear, practical advice that has already helped in my teaching as well as guiding students through their work.

Mrs Laura Jane Martin
UCBC, Blackburn College
February 26, 2016

This has been useful when identifying ways of keeping students engaged etc. Also has helped with revision and assignment planning which is something my students often struggle with at times.

Miss Amber Maloney
public services, Sheffield College
March 5, 2014

Is a good source for undergraduate students in continuous assessment and examination preparations.

Dr Geshina Mat Saat
Forensic Science Programme, Universiti Sains Malaysia
April 3, 2013

A useful resource for students who request a hard copy text covering some of the content that we provide in our unit.

Mrs Sandra Sparrius
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
March 27, 2013

good basic book for forst year students in all disciplines

Dr Richard Peake
Please select your department, Please select your institution
November 7, 2012

This is a good book for first year undergraduate criminology students. It covers the structire of a degree programme and reminds lecturers never to assume what students know about Criminology programmes and assessments. On that basis, this is a useful book for planning induction week and also for thinking through a whole range of studying skills to base lectures upon.

Miss Vickie Cooper
Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
October 9, 2012

A very good second edition of this easy-to-read study skills book. A great addition to any higher education students' collection of texts which provides practical, relevant advice. The addition of activities, key tips, a glossary, useful websites, and recommendations for further reading, all contribute to the importance of developing students' employability skills.

Mr Lee Curran
Criminal Justice, St Helens College
June 12, 2012

Excellent text

Ms Wendy Bateman
Health & Social Science, Bolton University
June 7, 2012

A terrific guide for any student studying criminology or any social science subject related to the criminal justice system. Very easy to use and good advice given to the students. A great learning aid for undergraduates.

Ms Jen Phipps
Law and Criminology, University of Aberystwyth
June 6, 2012
  • a new chapter on plagiarism
  • coverage of developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources
  • expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills
  • help with the move from A-level to university and the varying levels within a student's degree

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