Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Objectives

The main objectives of this programme are to

  1. Provide students with competency in the areas of  crime in Sri Lanka, theories related to criminology, research methods related to criminology, nature and operation of the criminal justice system and its relation to other social structures, institutions and culture, range of criminal justice policies, their effectiveness and their limitations and build competent and effective communication in relation to criminological concepts and their applications.
  2. Provide students with competencies in the areas of administration of criminal justice, law enforcement, law adjudication, corrections, criminological theory, research and analytical methods.
  3. To provide students with education regarding current technology in the field and provide students with a background in quantitative and qualitative reasoning.
  4. To provide students with the opportunity to examine the diverse issues in criminal justice.

SLQF Level 3

NVQ Level 5

 

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to

  1. Explain the underlying philosophies, history, processes, components, and best practices of the Criminal Justice system (i.e., police, courts, correctional agencies).
  2. Analyze the role of ethics, diversity, culture, political power, and corporate power on the components of the Criminal Justice system.
  3. Evaluate the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime and critique the major criminological theories.
  4. Demonstrate social scientific research methodologies and analyze data to formulate defensible conclusions. 
  5. Apply the principles of substantive, procedural, and evidentiary criminal laws that regulate and guide the Criminal Justice system and its actors and apply classroom-based information to a real-world setting (e.g., social support agency, police department, courtroom, correctional facility) and critically examine the practices, policies, or processes of that setting.

Description of the Course

The development policy analysis has become important for Sri Lanka since the country intends to achieve a higher growth rate every year. However, the country’s growth rate and the entire development has not been satisfactory throughout the post independent period. As such, it is important to train those who are interested in development policy with a more specialty. This diploma programme accomplishes this goal by offering a broad array of analytical techniques, a wide perspective on pressing policy issues, and practical experience in the dynamics of policy-making organizations at local and national level.

The role of knowledge in the policy process has remained a central theoretical puzzle in policy analysis. The evidence-based policy making has focused on the debate on questions of how knowledge use can improve the quality of policy choices. The overall objective of this programme is to provide an opportunity to explore the way in which theory and evidence can be used to analyze contemporary policy issues. The programme should be of particular value to students who intend to work as professionals in government institutions or other agencies, where they will be expected to provide analysis and advice on specific issues of policy, including new and unfamiliar issues.

 

Course Structure

 

Subject Code 

Name of the Subject

No. of lecture Hours

Notional Learning Hours

Credit

Semester 1

DDPA 1110

Microeconomic Analysis

45

150

3

DDPA 1120

Macroeconomic Analysis

45

150

3

DDPA 1130

Public Economics and Taxation

45

150

3

DDPA 1140

Development Strategy and Policy

45

150

3

DDPA 1150

Administration and Governance

45

150

3

DDPA 1160

Policy formulation and Implementation

45

150

3

Semester 11

DDPA 1210

Social Policy and Community Development Practice

45

150

3

DDPA 1220

Policy Evaluation and Impact Assessment

45

150

3

 

6 credits from Elective

     

DDPA 1230

Local Government Management and Participation

45

150

3

DDPA 1240

Financial Inclusion Policies and Risk Management

45

150

3

DDPA 1250

Project-based Policy Analysis Report

 

300

6

 

450

1500

30