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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!

 
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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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
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  • 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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Chapter Two


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