University of South Wales
University of South Wales
Our staff visit you at a time that fits in with your timetable. We'll deliver progression-focused sessions that explore Criminological Theory; Corporate Homicide; Youth Justice; Penology and Policing.. Suitable for year 12 and year 13 assemblies, subject-specific sessions and staff training. at University of South Wales

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Criminology talks (several choices available)

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Event Summary:

Our staff visit you at a time that fits in with your timetable. We'll deliver progression-focused sessions that explore Criminological Theory; Corporate Homicide; Youth Justice; Penology and Policing.. Suitable for year 12 and year 13 assemblies, subject-specific sessions and staff training.

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Sessions include:

Criminological Theory
The main focus of contemporary criminological theory is to provide answers to the question: Why do some people get involved in criminal and deviant activities? Criminological theorists have attempted to answer this question mainly from biological, psychological, and sociological points of view. This taster session focuses on a selected sociological theory of crime that is known as ‘General Strain Theory’. Drawing upon real case studies, the session will examine the extent to which the General Strain Theory could explain ‘terrorist’ acts.

Youth Justice
The youth justice system deals with those young people between the ages of 10 and 17 who commit a criminal offence. This taster session considers why some young people might get in trouble with the law and how society reacts to such behaviour. Using case studies and an interactive approach, it asks questions such as: ‘what happens to young people who offend?’ and ‘what might be the best way to deal with youth crime?’

Tackle tough questions on how we should punish crime, whether prison even works and how those that are in custody 'experience' it differently. Working in groups, suggest alternatives to the prison system.

When we think of ‘policing’ we might think of uniformed officers, employed by the state, aiming to reduce crime by making arrests. However, this is a relatively old-fashioned image of the police. Modern policing encompasses a wide range of activities, undertaken by various actors and institutions. During this session, we will think about alternative, sometimes hidden, methods of policing, and the consequences that these have on our society.

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 4 (Students aged 14-16)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)


Short Session

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We can deliver this event at our institution or your school or college. Please contact us to arrange a date.

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Institution Profile:

The University of South Wales (USW) is the largest university in Wales. With campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport, students can enjoy city life, stunning beaches and breath-taking countryside.

Cardiff Campus

Our Cardiff Campus is based in the heart of the city. It is home to creative industries students and offers endless opportunities. Cardiff is a major centre for media and TV production in the UK. The campus is overflowing with specialist facilities, study spaces, a library and Students’ Union.

Newport Campus

Newport Campus is one of the university’s most iconic buildings. With Friars Walk shopping centre right opposite and Halls of Residence a few minutes’ walk away, it couldn’t be in a better location. Many of our subjects are based here, including counselling, cyber security, teaching and social work.

Pontypridd Campus

USW Pontypridd is our largest campus and made up of Treforest and Glyntaff. Surrounded by green open spaces, students love the community atmosphere. Students will find everything they need on campus, their classes, accommodation, library, sport centre, Students’ Union and cafes. The campus is home to many subjects, from business and law, to engineering, health and sport.

Student Support

We offer an outstanding network of support and advice for our students. Our Advice Zones, based on all campuses, are easily accessible and a first point of contact for any issues. Students will be connected to a wealth of services, including wellbeing, disability, money advice, health clinics, chaplaincy and USW Careers.

USW Careers prepares students for success. Employability is part of our curriculum, and teaching is informed by real-world practical experience. We help with all stages of the job hunt, from CVs and interview skills to job applications. Students can even search live job vacancies, work placements, and attend career workshops and networking events.

The university works with employers across all industry sectors. We link students with opportunities and help their CV stand out. Our students take part in our Grad Edge Award, and we can even support them to develop business ideas through Student Enterprise.

Our courses ensure students get the practical experience to prepare them for the workplace. Students gain essential skills by using industry-standard equipment, from our Moot Courtroom and Clinical Simulation Centre, to Film & TV School Wales, Crime Scene Facilities and our Sport Park.

The recent extension to USW Cardiff includes dance and drama spaces, design and photographic studios, fashion facilities and creative spaces on all floors for collaborative working.

With a library on each campus, students can access a range of services and resources. There are different types of study spaces, from social to silent, as well as access to books, journals, PCs and Wi-Fi.

For sport enthusiasts, there are over 65 teams that compete in the BUCS league, ranging from tennis and mountain biking, to golf, surfing and rugby. USW Sport has some of the most impressive facilities in the UK. USW Sport Park is one of the best university sport coaching and training venues in the country.

Virtual Open Days

Students can register for an online open day at the University of South Wales. There are no deadlines, and no set times. Prospective students can access welcome talks, campus tours, and helpful finance and accommodation talks at their leisure.

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