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Criminology

Branch of knowledge: Social and Legal Sciences
Responsible Center: Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences
Teaching modality and Campus: 
Face-to-face Alcorcón y Madrid-Vicalvaro 
Affiliated centers: ESERP 
Double degree with: Right, Social Work, Psychology, Informatics Engineering

Credits: 240. Credits year: 60. Duration: 4 years. Implantation: progressive, first year 2010-2011
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Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Ms. Beatriz García Sánchez 

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Basic Information

What knowledge will I acquire with this Degree?

  • Basic understanding of the great social theories, which allowed to identify and relate the social and personal context of the criminal act, victimization and responses to crime and deviation.
  • Management of the main theories and approaches to security, its dimensions and the risks and threats in public and private environments Mastery of the different criminological theories and concepts related to crime, victims and responses to them.
  • Knowledge and mastery of the various types and forms of crime.
  • Understanding of the state monopoly in matters of security and its mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals and forms of punitive power of the State.
  • Understanding of the Spanish constitutional model of security, prevention and repression of criminal acts and rehabilitation of offenders.
  • Identification and understanding of the different public policies and the role of public and private agents and institutions that intervene in matters of security, crime and treatment of victims.
  • Management and application of the legal sources of criminology.
  • Use of the necessary methods to collect, process and interpret data derived from an investigation in criminology.
  • Preparation of treatment strategies for victims.
  • Design of reintegration itineraries for offenders.
  • Mastery of the fundamentals and institutions of Spanish prison law.
  • Knowledge of the main phases of criminal procedure.
  • Mastery of the fundamentals and basic principles of legal and forensic medicine.
  • Intervention in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution processes.
  • Active participation in processes of design and evaluation of programs and public policies related to criminology, security and treatment of victims and criminals.
  • Understanding of the fundamentals and basic principles of criminal psychology and prevention.
  • Command of the foundations and basic principles of the sociology of deviation.
  • Critical analysis of decisions issued by public and private agents involved in the field of criminology, security and social intervention with criminals.
  • Establishment of links and relationships between the different disciplines involved in criminology.
  • Use of different research methodologies in criminology.
  • Global understanding of the influence of culture on the different forms of crime.
  • Understanding of the private aspect of the fundamental rights of the person and know the different procedures for their protection.
  • Analysis and management of the different sources of information associating the data obtained to explain and support hypotheses and conclusions.
  • Inventory, analysis and selection of legal-social information outlining lines of reasoning to support a detailed argument over time
  • Presentation of conclusions verbally and in writing in an orderly, structured manner and in accordance with the audience for which they have been prepared
  • Preparation and writing of reports and academic and research papers.
  • Management of professional activities related to the areas in which criminology operates
  • Intervention in the resolution of relationship conflicts within the framework of their professional performance.
  • Scheduling of their own work, establishing action priorities, professionally fulfilling their tasks and evaluating the effectiveness of their actions

Where will I be able to work when I graduate?

CRIMINAL

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

Police. Access to the Bodies and Forces
of State Security requires the overcoming of the previous procedure of access by opposition.
Possibilities of collaboration as a freelancer

  • The police, victimology and criminalistics of group A of the Police Administration. Requires admission to the Security Corps and Forces.
  • Criminal and prospective analysis, inside or outside the Scientific Police Units. The performance of activities within the Scientific Police requires admission to the Security Corps and Forces.
  • External collaboration activities with the police, in the field of investigation of traffic accidents and other areas.
  • Other possibilities of collaboration with the Police Forces: evaluation of police strategies and models; evaluation of public policies in police matters; preparation of reports for police intelligence work; police training.

Victimology

  • I work in the Victim Assistance Office.
  • Primary care for the victim.
  • Preparation of victimological reports and victimization surveys.
  • Field work and victimization surveys.
  • Preparation of victimological prevention strategies.
  • Intervention in mediation processes

Penitentiary Centers

  • Training in Criminology is essential for carrying out activities related to the implementation and monitoring of the treatment of inmates.
  • Along with training in Law or Psychology, it enables them to be part of the Treatment Board and the Technical Teams of the penitentiary establishment.
  • Carry out prison criminological reports.

Penitentiary Surveillance

  • At the request of the parties, training to write reports and proposals on changes in classification, exit permits, parole, open regime, and prison benefits.
  • At the request of the parties, processing and reports on complaints, information and resources of the convicts.
  • Realization of criminological reports, for the Court, from Associations or Collaborating Entities.

Private security. Previous step for access to the professions of Head of Security, Director of Security and Private Detective

  • Managers and senior managers of security companies.
  • Executive controls in security activities.
  • Regulated training for security personnel.
  • Advice and planning of activities in the criminological aspect.
  • Private Detective Activities

Judicial

  • Treatment of databases on crimes and criminals.
  • Preparation, control and monitoring of judicial statistics.
  • Realization of criminological reports. I work at the request of a party.
  • Criminological reports. At the request of a party.
  • Forensic Criminology (expert reports).
  • Intervention in mediation processes.

juvenile justice

  • Reports on the election, extension, modification, substitution, execution or violation of measures.
  • Reports on the evolution of the minor or on precautionary measures.
  • Collaborate in the report of the technical team in oral hearing.
  • Intervene in the conciliation or reparation process.
  • Participate in the treatment programs of the interned minor.
  • Detection, evaluation and action in victimological situations of risk or helplessness of the minor.

marginality

  • Studies, surveys and field work.
  • Development of prevention strategies.

Criminal policy

  • Elaboration of criminal political strategies.
  • Application of techniques and strategies of Criminal Policy.

 

Is this Degree official according to the regulations required by the European Higher Education Area?

Yes (final verification report is attached), the implementation of the degree will be done progressively, starting the first year in the academic year 2010-11.
The final verification report turned out favourable.

Favorable report first modification

Favorable report second modification

Favorable report third modification

What subject areas will I address in this grade?

  • Computer Technology
  • Modern Language
  • Right
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Economy
  • Company
  • Communication
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Politic science
  • Social psychology

Recommended Income Profile

Students choosing this degree should have:

  • Interest in the legal system
  • Capacity for personal relationships.
  • Capacity for teamwork.
  • Capacity for action and initiative
  • Mental agility, reflective spirit
  • Ease of communication.
  • Ease for languages, it being advisable that they access the degree with an acceptable level of at least one language.
  • Sensitivity for social issues.

Objectives 

Delve into the development of criminology as a differentiated area of ​​study and research, in its interdisciplinary nature and in the theoretical approaches to it.

Provide the necessary knowledge to understand the complexity and dynamic nature of the relationships between the victims, the criminal act and the main agents and public and private institutions involved.

Provide the necessary knowledge to acquire specialized training in security, certain forms of delinquency and social intervention with the delinquent.

Know the scientific methods applicable to criminology, security and social intervention with criminals and victims and develop the necessary skills for their effective use.

Enable the professional application of information and communication technologies to the different sources of information on crime and victimization

Train for autonomous learning of new knowledge and techniques related to criminology.

Create the conditions for the development of multidisciplinary lines of research and prepare students for access, with reasonable guarantees of success, to further specialized postgraduate studies.

Train professionals with a suitable profile for the fields of professional performance in Criminology and especially in the fields of professional performance that may be related to or have an impact on the three planned itineraries.

Integrate knowledge to promote sensitivity towards fundamental rights, equality between men and women, equal opportunities and universal accessibility for people with disabilities, as well as respect for the values ​​of a culture of peace and democracy.

Prepare students to become competent professionals in the areas referred to in the three itineraries provided for in the degree.

Competences 

GENERAL COMPETENCIES

  • CG1 Ability to analyze, gather, compile and synthesize information and data.
  • CG2 Capacity for organization and planning.
  • CG3 Ability to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized audience or not
  • CG4 Information management capacity and use of ICT
  • CG5 Ability to formulate research hypotheses and to solve problems
  • CG6 Ability to reason critically and Ability to self-criticize
  • CG7 Ability to develop teamwork and have skills in interpersonal relationships
  • CG8 That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy
  • CG9 Ability to apply the knowledge acquired in new or little-known environments within broader or multidisciplinary contexts
  • CG10 Ability to communicate with the sufficiency and fluency necessary orally and in writing in a foreign language
  • CG11 Management of professional activities related to the areas in which criminology operates
  • CG12 Intervention in the resolution of relationship conflicts within the framework of their professional performance.
  • CG13 Programming one's own work, establishing action priorities, professionally fulfilling their tasks and evaluating the effectiveness of their actions

SPECIFIC COMPETENCES

  • CE1 Basic understanding of the great social theories, which allowed identifying and relating the social and personal context of the criminal act, victimization and responses to crime and deviation
  • CE2 Management of the main theories and approaches to security, its dimensions and the risks and threats in public and private environments
  • CE3 Mastery of the different criminological theories and concepts related to crime, victims and responses to them
  • CE4 Knowledge and mastery of the various types and forms of crime
  • CE5 Understanding of the state monopoly in security matters and its mechanisms
  • CE6 Knowledge of the fundamentals and forms of punitive power of the State
  • CE7 Understanding of the Spanish constitutional model of security, prevention and repression of criminal acts and rehabilitation of offenders.
  • CE8 Identification and understanding of the different public policies and the role of public and private agents and institutions that intervene in matters of security, crime and treatment of victims
  • CE9 Management and application of the legal sources of criminology.
  • CE10 Use of the necessary methods to collect, process and interpret data derived from an investigation in criminology.
  • CE11 Preparation of treatment strategies for victims
  • CE12 Design of reintegration itineraries for offenders
  • CE13 Command of the fundamentals and institutions of Spanish prison law
  • CE14 Knowledge of the main phases of criminal procedure
  • CE15 Command of the fundamentals and basic principles of legal and forensic medicine.
  • CE16 Intervention in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution processes.
  • CE17 Active participation in processes of design and evaluation of programs and public policies related to criminology, security and treatment of victims and criminals.
  • CE18 Understanding of the fundamentals and basic principles of criminal psychology and prevention
  • CE19 Command of the fundamentals and basic principles of the sociology of deviation
  • CE20 Critical analysis of decisions issued by public and private agents involved in the field of criminology, security and social intervention with criminals.
  • CE21 Establishment of links and relationships between the different disciplines involved in criminology
  • CE22 Use of different research methodologies in criminology
  • CE23 Global understanding of the influence of culture on the different forms of crime
  • CE24 Understanding of the private aspect of the fundamental rights of the person and know the different procedures for their protection
  • CE25 Analysis and management of the different sources of information associating the data obtained to explain and support hypotheses and conclusions
  • CE26 Inventory, analysis and selection of legal-social information outlining lines of reasoning to support a detailed argument over time
  • CE27 Presentation of conclusions verbally and in writing in an orderly, structured manner and in accordance with the audience for which they have been prepared
  • CE28 Preparation and writing of reports and academic and research papers.
  • CE29 That students are able to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills acquired in the different subjects that make up the degree itinerary to professional practice in the different areas of Criminology 

Minimum stay requirements 

  • The permanence of the students in the Degree studies will be a maximum of eight years for full-time students. Part-time students may request an extension of up to two more years from the Rector.
  • In Bachelor's degrees lasting more than 240 credits (4 years), the maximum of the previous section will be increased by one more year for every 60 ECTS credits that are added to the 240 ECTS.
  • Students must pass a minimum of two subjects in the first year. Students studying part-time must pass at least one subject in their first academic year.
  • Students who are studying any official Bachelor's degree at the Rey Juan Carlos University may make a maximum of four registrations to pass each of the subjects of the study plan, without counting previous cancellations of the same.

For more information see: Permanence regulations

Minimum number of ECTS credits by type of enrollment and course

Full-time students:

COURSE MINIMUM  MAXIMUM 
1º Course 48 ECTS 78 ECTS
Other courses 48 ECTS 78 ECTS

 

Part-time students:

COURSE MINIMUM  MAXIMUM 
1º Course 24 ECTS 47 ECTS
Other courses 24 ECTS  47 ECTS

 

Access and registration

Log in

Access to the official teachings of Degree will require to be in possession of the bachelor's degree or equivalent and the passing of the test referred to in article 42 of the Organic Law 6/2001, of Universities, modified by Law 4/2007, of April 12, without prejudice to the other access mechanisms provided for by current regulations.

The number of places offered for new admission are:

Madrid Campus (Vicalvaro): 55 places (including transfer admission places)
Alcorcon Campus: 90 places (including transfer admission places)

 

Double Degrees

Alcorcon Campus   Criminology - Psychology 30 places
Criminology - Social Work 10 places
Madrid Campus (Vicalvaro)  Criminology - Law 15 places
Criminology - Computer Engineering  15 places

 

 

Matriculation year

The enrollment process at the Rey Juan Carlos University is done through the Internet. You can carry out the procedures on the computers installed on campus or through any computer with network access. You can check the deadlines at registration , as well as the different requirements and necessary documents.

External Internships

The External Practices subject is a curricular subject whose main objective is to promote a comprehensive training of the student through the practical application of the knowledge acquired during the Degree, which facilitates direct contact with the professional activity and the opportunity to join the professional world with a minimum of experience. All practices are designed so that the students who participate in them acquire professional experience in real situations and conditions, applying the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are acquired in the training processes throughout the degree. The internships represent a decisive opportunity for the personal development and professional future of the students.

Internships are activities carried out by the student in companies, institutions and organizations; that is, in centers outside the university premises, which aim to enrich and complement your university education, while providing you with a deeper knowledge about the skills you will need once you have graduated.

The External Practices subject will consist of two phases:

  • Completion of the internship period that offers professional experience related to any of the graduate profiles that are expressed in the Verification Report of the degree.
  • Elaboration of the memory

Documentation:

Degree Training Project

For more information:  External Internship Unit

Social Security contributions for interns starting January 1, 2024

Mobility programs

ERASMUS

The Erasmus program makes it easy for URJC students -both undergraduate and postgraduate- to study one or several semesters at one of the European universities with which the URJC has agreements.

These exchanges traditionally have an economic endowment thanks to the Erasmus Scholarships provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

ERASMUS (intranet)


WORLD

The Munde program manages mobility with universities from countries not included in the Erasmus Program.

The possibility of obtaining a scholarship or economic endowment and its amount depends, in each case, on the agreements with the universities, countries or entities that sign it.

WORLD (intranet)


For more information:

URJC Mobility


SICK

SICUE is a national mobility program for GRADOS university students that allows them to carry out part of their studies at another Spanish university with guarantees of academic recognition, use and adaptation to their curricular profile.

SICUE Mobility

Student support programs

Orientation to future students. The University offers various orientation programs for future students: we carry out visits to high schools and secondary schools, we organize guided visits to the Campuses, we are present in the Classroom and, at the beginning of each course, we carry out welcome days to guide students new students.

academic tutorials. Each teacher carries out, within their teaching planning, academic tutorials on their subject.

Coordinator of the degree. It works to promote coherence and balance between the subjects and the workloads of the students.

mentoring program. The URJC has this program, peer tutoring, in which the students of the last years act as mentors with the first year students.

Students with disabilities. The Support Office for Persons with Disabilities offers guidance and assistance to students with special needs.

Scholarships . The Rey Juan Carlos University manages the main scholarships and annual grants, both its own and from other official bodies: Ministries, Community of Madrid, International Organizations and other entities. It also publishes and disseminates those scholarships and grants of interest to its students and graduates. Throughout the course, students receive information about them through the different communication channels established.

Job placement program. The Rey Juan Carlos University, through the External Internship Unit and the Graduates Office, organizes conferences, workshops and various actions aimed at supporting and guiding students in their job search, to improve their employability and promote job placement . The University has a Job Exchange -a platform available to companies and graduates- where institutions can carry out their selection processes.

Regulation

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

REGISTRATION

*The rates corresponding to double degrees with different degrees of experimentality will be applied as established in the new Decree 43/2022, of June 29, of the Government Council, which establishes the public prices for university studies leading to official degrees and services of an academic nature in the public universities of the Community of Madrid*

TRAINING PROCESS 

REVIEWS AND REVIEWS

Validation, adaptation of studies, recognition of credits and homologation of foreign qualifications

UNIVERSITY DEGREES

VISITING STUDENTS AND FUNCTIONAL DIVERSITY

COEXISTENCE REGIME

SCHOOL INSURANCE

ASSOCIATIONS

Quality guarantee

External monitoring report

RUCT link

BOCM Link

Results report

Once the follow-up has been carried out, the quantitative information on the results obtained in the follow-up of said Degree is shown, differentiated by academic year.

Report by course:

General information collection plan

Within the quality assurance system of the Rey Juan Carlos University, the following surveys are planned:

- New students

- Teacher evaluation

- Student satisfaction

- Satisfaction of the graduates

- Labor insertion

- Causes of abandonment

- Career path:

  • Second year after graduation
  • Third year after graduation
  • Fourth year after graduation

- Degree of satisfaction:

  • Faculty with the campus and university
  • Teacher with degree
  • of the evaluators
  • Incoming student mobility program
  • Outgoing Student Mobility Program
  • Administration and services staff with the university

- External internships:

  • Student satisfaction
  • External tutor satisfaction
  • Evaluator satisfaction

Survey results:

Improvement actions

The Quality Assurance System of the Rey Juan Carlos University establishes that the degree's Quality Assurance Commission will annually analyze the information derived from the degree's indicators and prepare a report that will include improvement plans if the results so indicate.

Renewal of accreditation

The renewal of the accreditation represents the culmination of the implementation process of the official Bachelor's and Master's degrees registered in the Register of Universities, Centers and Degrees (RUCT). The renewal of the accreditation of official bachelor's and master's degrees is organized in three phases: self-assessment report, external visit and final assessment.

In the first phase, the university describes and assesses the status of the degree with respect to the established criteria and guidelines. The result is the Self-Assessment Report (IA) that is presented. The second and third phases are carried out by a group of evaluators external to the evaluated title.

Self-assessment report 2023

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