BSC Learning and Teaching Network Seminar Series – 26 June 2024

BSC Learning and Teaching Network Seminar Series – Experiential Learning in Criminological Education

Date/time: Wednesday 26th June 2024, 12:30-14:00 (GMT)

Location: online (via MS Teams)

Cost: free

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Hear about the role of experiential learning in criminological education in this free online seminar, hosted by the BSC Learning and Teaching Network.

The BSC Learning and Teaching Network is delighted to host this free online seminar, that explores the role of experiential learning within criminological education.
The 90-minute seminar comprises 2 x 30-minute presentations, followed by 30 minutes for questions and networking.

An overview of each presentation is provided below:

Experiential learning on undergraduate Criminology degree programmes: ‘skilling up’ students and increasing employability

Nicola Coleman (University of Hertfordshire)

Traditionally, Criminology has been taught at higher education as a theoretical discipline, rather than being applied. However, Criminology programmes are increasingly seeking to place more emphasis on experiential learning opportunities (ELOs), in order to ‘skill up’ students. This approach seeks to improve specific work-place skills and to improve employability rates for graduates but is also in response to research which reports that students often choose to study Criminology because they are interested in a career in the Criminal Justice field. This critical literature review explores the theoretical basis for experiential learning, how it has been implemented in other disciplines, and reviews how Criminology programmes apply experiential learning pedagogy. A reflection is then provided on the current Criminology programme at the University of Hertfordshire and how feasible it would be to embed similar experiential learning opportunities (ELOs) within the undergraduate degree.

Fostering Empathy and Knowledge: Co-Producing menopause education for prison officers in the women’s estate

Danica Darley (University of Sheffield) and Sarah Waite (Leeds Trinity University)

Pedagogical research argues that straight-forward embedding of skills can be poorly engaged with (Wingate, 2006) and foregrounds the limitations of top-down initiatives that presume what sort of support students require (Healey et al, 2014). Instead, following longstanding principles of coproduction (Ostrom, 1996), researchers have emphasized the importance of students being active partners in developing pedagogical initiatives (Healey and Healey, 2018; Elliot et al 2021). Informed by these arguments and by previous research undertaken by Dr Waite on Women’s Estate Training and the professional development of graduate prison officers, students on the MSc in Applied Custodial Leadership at Leeds Trinity University worked with academics and practitioners to co-produce meaningful course content that blended current research findings with interactive, student-led teaching approaches. This course content was then delivered by the student participants of this project to their colleagues who work in 2 women’s prisons in England. This presentation will detail how this project was developed, and the students involved will discuss its outputs and consider the benefits and difficulties of co-creating content in an environment such as a prison.

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