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Study Skills for Criminology

Study Skills for Criminology

Second Edition
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December 2011 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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!

Programmes or Courses

Using This Book

Content of the Guide

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


Assessment in Criminology
What Is Assessment?

Types Of Assessment - Formative And Summative

Peer Assessment


Learning Outcomes

Marking Criteria

Choosing Modules To Study

Relative Weighting Of Assessments

Assessment Range



Presentation Skills

Report Writing

Portfolio Building



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




Studying Criminology at University
What Is Criminology?

How Does Criminology Relate To Other Disciplines?



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



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


Marking Criteria

Dissertation/Research Project Writing




Understanding Plagiarism


Types Of Plagiarism

The Consequences Of Plagiarism

Why Plagiarise?

Avoiding Plagiarism



Studying Criminological Theory and Criminal Justice Practice
Criminological Theories

Criminology Theories, Policy And Practice



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)


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


SAGE Study Skills hub

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

This second edition builds on an already established excellent first edition. An essential for any student entering higher education and the fact it is tailored to criminology is excellent. My year 1 and 2 students have found this extremely useful this year and it is an essential read on the Study Skills module

Miss Laura Firth
Please select your department, Please select your institution
June 1, 2012

A very useful, hands-on guide to studying criminology that will help undergraduate students to make the most of their degree.

Dr Neil Chakraborti
Please select your department, Please select your institution
March 26, 2012

This is a fantastic resources to be used by students who are new to a Criminology degree. It will be highly recommended to students during induction onto my criminology degree.

Miss Aimee Smith
Humanities English and Languages, Peterborough Regional College
March 15, 2012

A well written resource for students wanting assistance to improve in their studies.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
March 11, 2012

A highly recommended text for all undergraduate criminology students

Mr Stuart Agnew
Please select your department, Please select your institution
March 8, 2012

Excellent resource I will be recommending this text at open days, applicant days and at induction

Dr Karen Corteen
Dept of Social & Communication Studies, Chester University
March 6, 2012

This is a must have for students's, who are serious about enhancing their academic abailities, and other key transferable skills in preparation for career development pathways and career rediness.

Miss Sue Uttley-Evans
Education & Social Science, Central Lancashire University
March 3, 2012

This book is an essential part of my teaching during the Academic and Professional Development module. It gives clear and easy to understand information to both tutors and students regarding important study skills techniques. I will be recommending this text to students and hoping my college's LRC will invest in several copies.

Mr Richard Turner
Please select your department, Please select your institution
January 23, 2012

Excellent. Good relevant content. Easy to use. User-friendly.

Dr Tina Patel
English, Sociology, Politics & History, Salford University
July 28, 2010
  • 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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two

For instructors

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