Reflecting on Work or Volunteering Experience
Run by School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Tim Holmes
Overall aims and purpose
This module provides the opportunity for students to reflect on the skills and competencies gained by working in, or volunteering, for agencies and organisations related to criminal justice. The general aim of the module is to help to prepare students for future employment in the criminal justice sector. This module is only suitable to students who have gained considerable experience by working or volunteering for a substantial period of time.
Students will develop various employability skills through the work placement, most notably
Communication - verbal and written communication, and listening e.g being clear, concise and focused; being able to tailor your message for the audience and listening to the views of others. Organisation - learning to prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time in order to meet deadlines. Problem solving - analysing facts and situations and coming up with appropriate solutions. Reflection on skills and competencies acquired during volunteering/employment
The module will be workshop based and assist students in the completion of the portfolio. There will be little formal teaching as the function of the module is to reflect on, communicate, and evidence the skills and competencies acquired during employment or volunteering for a criminal justice agency.
This module will be suitable for students who are Special Constables and assist them in reflecting on and evidencing the competencies acquired.
The module will incorporate sessions from the Bangor Employability Award Team.
A- to A*
shows excellent ability to reflect on the work-based learning experience; provides an insightful and skilled commentary on the student’s own experiences of the employment or volunteering in criminal justice. Demonstrates excellent awareness of the literature on reflective and experiential learning and draws well on that literature to evidence competencies and skills gained.
D- to D+
shows a basic ability to reflect on the work-based learning experience; provides an descriptive commentary on the student’s own experiences of the employment or volunteering in criminal justice. Demonstrates a basic awareness of the literature on reflective and experiential learning and draws on that literature to evidence competencies and skills gained to a limited extent.
C- to B+
shows good ability to reflect on the work-based learning experience; provides an comprehensive and skilled commentary on the student’s own experiences of the employment or volunteering in criminal justice. Demonstrates good awareness of the literature on reflective and experiential learning and draws competently on that literature to evidence competencies and skills gained.
Critically reflect on the culture of the criminal justice organisation worked or volunteered for.
Develop an ability to evidence work-based skills and competencies
Develop and reflect on the acquisition of a range of work-based skills and competencies.
Identify a range of professional and academic skills which are relevant to working in a criminal justice setting.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Self-guide Work on portfolio for 2 hours a week
|Practical classes and workshops||
Fortnightly workshops to support portfolio completion and review
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- Relationships between crime, deviance, victimisation, policing and social divisions such as age, gender, social class, and ethnicity
- Apply different policing models and communication skills as situations require
- Understanding the role of strategic planning, mentoring, and leadership in policing
- Ability to locate, manage, and analyse secondary data, as well as generating and evaluating empirical evidence
- Gather, retrieve and synthesise data and information; reporting and presenting data analyses graphically and in writing
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- L436: BSc Professional Policing (Pre-join) year 3 (BSC/PP)