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Department of Criminology and Security Studies


Philosophy, Aims and Objectives

The philosophy underlying the BSc. Criminology and Security Studies programme is to produce a crop of graduates equipped with appropriate knowledge to make their contribution to the development in Nigeria, Africa and the global community haven been exposed to knowledge in the field of Social Sciences in general, and in the various sub-fields of Criminology and Security Studies in particular.

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of a degree in Criminology and Security Studies to

  1. Instill in students a sound knowledge of Criminology and Security Studies, an appreciation of its applications in different socio-cultural contexts and to involve the students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying;
  2. Provide students with broad and well balanced theories and methods of the discipline;
  3. Cultivate in students the ability to apply their knowledge and skills of the course to the understanding and solution of societal problems in Nigeria and elsewhere;
  4. Provide students with relevant knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in special areas of Criminology and Security Studies or multi-disciplinary areas involving Criminology and Security Studies;
  5. Producing students with the requisite skills to compare the crime situation in various contexts such as urban and rural settings as well as between various countries;
  6. Instil in students an appreciation of the importance of Criminology and Security Studies in contemporary world affairs;
  7. Develop in students a range of useful competencies for employment whether public, private or self-employment.
Admission Requirements

Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME):

Candidates who wish to study Criminology and Security Studies must have obtained a credit in Mathematics and English Language plus credit pass in either economics, geography or science and other two subjects at the SSCE, NECO, GCE or their equivalent not more than two sittings.

Direct Entry:

Candidates for Direct Entry admission shall possess five credit passes in the SSCE, NECO, GCE or equivalents of which at least two shall be at advanced level, or four credit passes of which at least three shall be at advanced level provided that such passes are not counted at both levels of the examinations. For emphasis, credit passes in English Language, Mathematics and any of Economics, Geography or Government is compulsory.

Learning Outcomes

a) Regime of Subject Knowledge

While each University offering Bachelor Honours degree programmes in Criminology and Security Studies is free to decide on the nature and organization of its courses or modules, it is expected that all programmes will ensure that students become conversant with the main aspects of Criminology and Security Studies which include:

  1. Development of Criminology and Security Studies and the various branches of Criminology and Security Studies;
  2. Core theories and concepts in all branches of Criminology and Security Studies;
  3. Methods of data collection and processing, both qualitative and quantitative;
  4. Models of Criminology and Security Studies;
  5. Statistical methods in Criminology and Security Studies;
  6. Appropriate information technology for adequate functioning in the digital age

b) Competencies and Skills

A graduate of Criminology and Security Studies at the Bachelor’s Honours level should possess the following competencies and skills:

  1. Ability to demonstrate adequate knowledge and understanding of the essentials in all the subject knowledge areas identified;
  2. Ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of social problems;
  3. Ability to recognize and analyze new problems and plan strategies for their solution;
  4. Communication skills in presenting scientific research materials and arguments clearly and correctly , both orally and in writing to a range of audiences;
  5. Competence in statistical and qualitative data processing skills;
  6. Competence in the use of information technology such as word processing, Internet communication, information retrieval through on-line computer searches etc;
  7. Subject-specific and transferable skill which allow for the pursuit of wide range of careers after graduation.

c) Behavioural Attributes

A graduate in Criminology and Security Studies should be able to demonstrate adequate:

  1. Knowledge of a wide-range of concepts in Criminology and research methods;
  2. General knowledge in the various branches of Criminology and Security Studies;
  3. Appropriate Computing skills;
  4. Study skills needed for further studies;
  5. Ability to function entrepreneurially in a wide range of opportunities; and
  6. Ability for critical scientific reasoning to problem solving.
Attainment Levels

Since the B. SC degrees are graded from first class to third class Degree Levels; it is crucial that procedures for the attainment of these classes of degrees are clearly spelt out. Accordingly, procedures used in all Criminology and Security Studies departments for arriving at students’ attainment levels, or for the assessment of students’ achievements in Criminology and Security Studies should correspond to the Knowledge, abilities and skills that are to be developed through the 4 year degree programme. It is therefore expected that evidence is provided on which the assessment of students’ achievement (and class of degree awarded) should be based, by using the following criteria:-

  1. Continuous Assessments, seen and “unseen” examination
  2. Tutorial performances
  3. Laboratory Reports
  4. Problem solving and experiential exercises
  5. Oral presentation through seminars and conferences
  6. Planning, conduct and reporting on project works
  7. Essay assignments should be given on regular basis
  8. Literature surveys and evaluation in examination
  9. Demonstration of skills in relation to conceptual analysis, problem identification and solving, numeracy, computer and social skills.
  10. Ability to transfer skills to appropriate practical situations.
  11. Extent to which the knowledge base of students is extensive and extends beyond the work covered in the degree programme.