BSc Criminology and Security Studies

Our BSc Criminology and Security Studies course is a designed to give students a broad knowledge about crime and the counter-crime measures which ensure security in any society. Students will learn about social behaviors which instigate crime and then learn the various investigative, analytic and problem-solving measures for combating crime and ensuring peace and security of people, properties and places.

Year One

In the first year, students will gain broad foundation knowledge in a range of disciplines including criminology, psychology, law enforcement and sociology.

Core courses
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to law enforcement
Introduction to criminalities
Introduction to criminal justice
Introduction to psychology
Introduction to sociology
Communication in English
Communication in French
Communication in Arabic
Contemporary health issues
Introduction to entrepreneurial studies
Use of library, study skills and ICT

Students will take Required and Elective courses from within and outside the department to make up the minimum number of credit units.

Year Two

In the second year, students will begin to advance their knowledge in criminology, peace and conflict resolution and counseling and correction methods for offenders.

Core courses
Nigerian criminal procedure and evidence I & II
Case studies in police service I & II
Introduction to counseling and corrections
Police/community relations
Introduction to computer
Introduction to entrepreneurial studies
Introduction to statistics for social sciences I & II
Environment and sustainable development
Peace and conflict resolution
Leadership skills

Students will take Required and Elective courses from within and outside the department to make up the minimum number of credit units.
Students will undertake a micro project organized in conjunction with a crime and security institution to gain exposure to real-world crime and security challenges.

Year Three

In the third year, students will develop an understanding of the legal implications of crime, investigative measures in solving crime and community-based corrections for criminal offences.

Core courses
Community-based corrections
Contemporary legal policy issues
Media and the courts
Criminal investigation
Research methods in criminal justice
Entrepreneurship

Students will take Required and Elective courses from within and outside the department to make up the minimum number of credit units.
Students will undertake the Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) in a reputable crime and security institution to gain more exposure to real-world crime and security challenges.

Year four

The final year provides students with more in-depth knowledge of crime detection and prevention.

Core courses
Contemporary criminological issues
Crime prevention
The law of evidence
Management of private security organization
Traditional and informal mechanisms of crime control

Students will undertake their final year research project and present a thesis.
Students will take Required and Elective courses from within and outside the department to make up the minimum number of credit units.
Students will be prepared for employment and so they will take the ‘Employability and Career Planning’ course.