BA Crim International Pathway

Students can decide during the first semester of their second year of the BA Crim to turn it into a 4-year BA Criminology (International Pathway) by taking a year abroad in between their Year 2 and Year 3 at UCC. In this 4-year International Pathway, the third year would be spent in an approved foreign university where you would study courses to the equivalent value of 60 credits, an experience that will enhance your cultural awareness and afford you the possibility of taking courses not on offer at UCC. You would then return to UCC to do your 4th year in our UCC-validated Year Three, taking the dissertation modules, SC3019 and SC3037, the compulsory Sociology of Evil SC3051, and the requisite number of option modules.

Students thinking about taking this option should discuss it with Professor Sumner well before the end of Semester 1 of Year 2. You can only choose from universities with good criminology units and programmes that are also on UCC's list AND approved by the Head of Criminology and Programme Director. Students should also consider that there are many excellent MA or MPhil courses in Criminology in the English-speaking world that would accept them with a 2/1 in their UCC BA Criminology and that after 4 years they could have an MA in Criminology instead of just a BA. In all cases, safety is a consideration and the Programme Director will need to see or hear evidence of parental support.

Several European universities have already offered or are negotiating partnership arrangements with UCC Criminology, and Professor Sumner has many good contacts with criminology/sociology departments and centres around the world. So our list of suitable locations is still being developed. Nevertheless, it would include: Dept. of Sociology & Criminology, St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Dept. of Sociology, University of York, England; Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; Dept. of Sociology, Boston College, Boston, USA; Institute of Sociology & Philosophy, The Pedagogical University, Cracow, Poland; the Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy; and the new Division of Criminology, Ørebro University, Ørebro, Sweden. Negotiations are in progress with the School of Global Studies, at the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden. And we would have little difficulty in constructing arrangements with various universities in the UK, Australia and South Africa.

However, our interest MUST be put firmly in perspective, students should consider that there are many MA or MPhil courses in Criminology in the English-speaking world that would accept them with a 2/1 and that after 4 years they could have an MA in Criminology. Also, there are very few undergraduate degrees in criminology outside of the UK, USA and Canada so the choice of countries for a closely equivalent undergraduate third year would be much narrower than the choice for a taught MA or MPhil. 

Finally, the purposes of any international year must be primarily academic. Whilst we totally support the idea that travel broadens the mind, we are under-staffed and in no position to act as a travel agency. It is generally wiser to keep holidays separate from study. One year's study is a big undertaking in terms of arrangements, and cannot be subject to to-ing and fro-ing because of some change in domestic or financial circumstances.

Colin Sumner

August 2016

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