PROFILE OF

DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, MANONMANIAM SUNDARANAR UNIVERSITY

         
 

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, since its establishment in 2003, has developed into an international hub of criminological and interdisciplinary research. Faculty members of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice involve in high quality research in the areas of Juvenile Justice, Cyber Criminology, Child Protection and Victimology. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada, and McGill University funded a Research project on Cyber Bullying to the department (2007-2008). The department is providing consultancy in the areas of Juvenile Justice, Child Protection to UNICEF and various other government agencies. The UGC has funded for a PG Diploma course in Victimology and Victim Assistance. The department's expertise in Juvenile Justice, Cyber Crimes and Victimology are widely acclaimed.

 
 

The department has international collaboration with researchers from McGill University, Canada, Bar Illan University, Israel, Rowan University, USA, University of Leeds, UK,  Wayne State University, USA and Virtual forum against cyber crimes/Korean Institute of Criminology. Faculty members of the department have won national and international awards. Dr. P. Madhava Soma Sundaram was awarded the Indian Society of Criminology (ISC) - SS Srivastava Award for excellence in Teaching and Research in Criminology in India (2009) and Dr. K. Jaishankar was awarded the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (2009) for research on "Victims of Cyber Crimes" tenable in University of Leeds, UK during November 2009 - April 2010. Faculty members of the department serve in editorial boards of reputed journals, executive boards of national and international academic societies, committees of state and national governments and non governmental organizations.   

 

Most of the students are well placed in Security, Private Detective and Non-Governmental Organizations. PhD Research Students hold a Fellowship to their credit from University Grants Commission (UGC) (Junior Research Fellowship and Rajiv Gandhi Research Fellowship), Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR & D), Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR) and University fellowship.
The Department offers a Master in Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Science, PG Diploma in Victimology and Victim Assistance as well as Research Programme leading to a Ph.D. degree. The Department has 5 full-time faculty members of which two are specifically recruited to teach PG Diploma in Victimology and Victim Assistance and several part-time faculty members who are criminal justice functionaries, and a diverse PhD research students group of more than 10 full time members.

Faculty Members

 

Name

Responsibility and Contact Information

Research Areas

Dr. P. Madhava Soma Sundaram

Ph.D., University of Madras (Criminology)

 Associate Professor and Head

madhava@msuniv.ac.in

 

Victimology, Human Rights, Juvenile Justice research and training, Child Protection, Penology and Correctional Administration, Police and Criminal Justice Studies.

 

Dr. K. Jaishankar

Ph.D., University of Madras (Criminology)

Assistant Professor (Senior)

jaishankar@msuniv.ac.in

Cyber Criminology, Victimology,

Crime Mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Communal Violence & Terrorism, Theoretical Criminology, Policing, and Crime prevention.

 

Dr. S. Latha

Ph.D., University of Madras (Criminology)

Assistant Professor(on-lien)

latha@msuniv.ac.in

 

Cyber Crimes and Victimology

PG Diploma in Victimology and Victim Assistance
 

Dr. Beulah Shekhar

Ph.D., University of Kerala (Psychology)

Associate Professor (on lien to YWCA, New Delhi)

beulahshekar@msuniv.ac.in

Psychology, Crimes against Women, Juvenile Justice, and Victimology

Dr. S. Syed Umarhathab

Ph.D., University of Madras (Criminology)

Assistant Professor

drsyedumar@gmail.com

 

Victimology, Alcohol Abuse and Criminal Justice

Courses:

Course

Mode

Duration

MSc Criminology & Criminal Justice Science

Full Time

2 Years

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Full Time/Part-time

3Years Full time/4Years Part-time

 

Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice Science

        

          Crime and criminal justice are at the forefront of national policy and practice. The increasing emphasis on professional preparation in criminal justice careers places additional academic demands on the in-service professional. To meet this need M.S. University's Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice  offers a Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice Science .

The Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice Science   degree represents a broad range of study designed to meet the academic needs of both pre-professional students and those already employed in the wide range of agencies, which make up the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. The master's programme focuses on the preparation of professionals and emphasises excellence in practice, problem-solving, critical thinking, inquiry, and leadership.

Admission Requirements: The programme is  intended  for students desiring a professional career. Students are  normally admitted  to the  M.Sc.  Programme with a three-year Bachelor's degree. Depending upon the nature of the degree, the successful completion of entrance examination may be required prior to admittance to the programme. While work experience will not replace academic qualifications for the admission decisions, the Head of the Department may consider experience as preferential qualification. Students are normally admitted in July-August. The maximum number of students directly admitted in to the programme is expected to be 30.

 Curriculum: The Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice Science   curriculum provides the student with a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and its components. The programme prepares graduates in the specialities of policing, courts, corrections, and the law. Students also study theory and analytical tools used in criminal justice and criminology. The curriculum includes required and elective courses.

The term "criminal justice" refers to police, courts, and corrections as a system for the administration of city, state, and central laws. The requirements of the programme stress an integrated view of the criminal justice system. In this view all components of the system interrelate with all other components to provide co-ordinated justice administration. The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of the developing theoretical knowledge base in this field of study while simultaneously providing an understanding of how each of the component parts relates in forming the criminal justice system. The curriculum is built on a common core of courses and allows for maximum flexibility to meet the needs of the student and their respective areas of interest or expertise. In this way, the programme may be individualised to meet the student's professional goals in keeping with the overall objectives of the program.  

 

 

Abstract of the Syllabus

SEMESTER I 

 
 

Core/ Optional

Title of the paper

Credits

Core1

Principles of Criminology

4

Core2

Constitution and Criminal law

4

Core3

Police Administration and Investigation

4

Core4

Penology and Correctional Administration 

4

Core5

Criminal procedure and Evidence

4

   
  SEMESTER II 
 

Core/ Optional

Title of the paper

Credits

Core6

Forensic Science

4

Core7

Forensic Medicine

4

Core8

Research methods and Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice

4

Core9

Victimology

4

Core10

Human Rights in Criminal Justice Administration

4

 

 

SEMESTER III 

 

Core/

Optional*

Title of the paper

Credits

Core

11

Field work and seminar presentation of case studies

4

Optional 1

Ethics of criminal justice professionals

3

Optional 2

Crime Prevention

3

Optional 3

Media and Crime

3

Optional 4

Crimes against women

3

Optional 5

Cyber Crimes

3

Optional 6

Vigilance in Public institutions

3

Optional 7

Caste and Communal Conflicts

3

Optional 8

Victim Assistance and Services

3

Optional 9

Police Interview and Interrogation

3

Optional 10

Environmental Crimes and Laws

3

Optional 11

Restorative Justice

3

Optional 12

Psychology of Crime & Delinquency

3

  SEMESTER IV
 

Core/ Optional*

Title of the paper

Credits

Core12

Dissertation

4

Optional13

Technical Report Writing

3

Optional 14

Presentation skills

3

Optional 15

Use of Computers in research

3

Optional 16

Community Policing

3

Optional 17

Women Empowerment

3

Optional 18

Child Rights

3

Optional 19

Private Detective and Investigation

3

Optional 20

Security management in Industrial and Financial Institutions

3

Optional 21

Counseling and Therapy

3

Optional 22

Terrorism

3

Optional 23

Communications

3

Optional 24

Basic Principles in Conflict Resolution

3

 

*Out of 12 optional subjects in each semester, students should choose 4 in consultation with the Departmental Committee, and depending on the availability of resource persons/course experts.

 

Career opportunities:

 

Postgraduates of this programme may find employment in the following areas:

·         Research institutions dealing with the crime and criminal justice system such as Bureau of Police Research and Development; National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (NICFS); and National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). 

  • Government agencies in the areas of criminal justice and welfare such as the, police organisation,  the correctional system and community welfare services;
  • Non-government and private sector organisations which provide welfare and security services; and
  • Teaching services at secondary and tertiary levels in fields of criminology and police science.

 

 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Criminology and Criminal Justice:

          The Ph.D. is a higher degree awarded on successful completion of advanced training and research leading to a thesis. The aim of a research degree is to provide a thorough training in criminology and criminal justice through original investigation, culminating in the preparation of a thesis. A Ph.D. shows the ability to conduct original research, having acquired the necessary research methodology skills. It will be an independent study, using new data, which advances the frontiers of knowledge in criminology and/or criminal justice.

The general goals of the programme are:

·         To equip participants with a `toolkit' for research design, consisting of a range of social science research methods and strategies

  • To explore in detail the philosophical assumptions underlying contemporary research in the Criminology and criminal justice  sciences
  • To develop the qualities needed to evaluate critically Criminological Research
  • To provide practice in a range of transferable skills, improve existing skills and enhance employability.
 

   Registration Period:

  • Full-time 3 years minimum and five years maximum
  • Part-time 4 years minimum and 6 years maximum.
  • Registration is done in 4 quarters of the year (January, April, July and October) and it depends on the vacancy available with each guide.
 

 Course Structure:

  • Research methodology training and examination

·         All students who register for research degrees are required to undertake all of the generic and specific research training elements, as well as the transferable skills elements of the research pathway of the research methodology in Criminology and Criminal Justice sciences.

·         Seminar Presentations

·         Ph.D. Thesis 

 

Entry Requirements:

  • A Post graduate degree with minimum 55% marks.
A pass in the entrance examination conducted by the Department and/or UGC-NET qualification. 
   
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