Students from the University of Derby on a criminology field trip to the USA today enjoyed a fascinating encounter with a leading practitioner in a key area of criminal justice practice.
In a unique learning experience which reflects the growing reputation for cutting-edge criminology for which Derby is renowned, the students spent the day in Hollywood at the world famous Universal Studios, where they met with Melissa Allgood, who is Director of Loss Prevention for Universal (pictured).
Loss Prevention is about fighting crime by preventing financial or other losses in a business environment. It is a crucial area for anyone studying criminology, as every business wants to avoid losing revenue by theft, whether it is by their own employees or by customers.
Few criminology students, however, have the chance to develop their knowledge of this fascinating area by learning about the secrets of loss prevention at first hand from a leading expert in Hollywood.
Melissa drew on over twenty years of practice experience as a leading loss prevention specialist to deliver a dynamic and engaging presentation, which offered the students a comprehensive range of insights into loss prevention.
The students found the whole experience especially useful in understanding how crime can be combated in a large business such as Universal. All were agreed that they learned some invaluable lessons for their future criminological careers.
The students were clearly inspired by Melissa’s generosity in sharing her hard-won secrets and left Universal Studios with the knowledge that few universities can offer students such an ambitious, hands-on learning experience.
The students were accompanied by Dr Phil Hodgson, Head of Criminology, and his colleagues Charlotte Hargreaves and Dr Michael Teague.
It suddenly dawned on me today that I haven’t actually told you about the real stuff we learn about in History. Seeing as this is basically my job, let me introduce you to the course!
You start in first year (naturally), with a few induction days. These get you introduced to the history course, and the rest of your course mates and lecturers. You will most likely go to Kedleston Hall (a VERY nice country house located near the city) for the day where you’ll look around and generally mingle with all these new people. You’ll also go on tours around the city, and maybe even stop in at a few pubs along the way…
Throughout the year the courses you’ll do cover British history from the mid-1400s to mid-1900s (across two separate modules), and the same again but in wider Europe. You also look at Russia mid-1800s to early 1900s, and finally a more general history skills module. In addition to this there is always the chance to go on trips to places like London and the nearby Peak District, just to further your experience with history at Derby.
Second and third years are much of the same, but obviously with different modules and available activities. Modules in second year include a look at the First World War, Ethnic and Cultural Minorities in Europe, Gender roles through the ages, Europe between wars, and how medicine has changed in the past 500 years. The Public History module is about delivering your very own history conference (more information on that soon!), and of course the research project is a smaller version of the third year dissertation.
Speaking of which, the so-called monster that is the dissertation comes in the final year. The straight up 10,000 word project is surrounded with more modules ranging from looking at country houses, the rise and fall of Yugoslavia, China through the ages, and a look at diplomacy and international relations around the world.
As you can see the History course in general offers so much variety that it’s difficult to find something you won’t enjoy whilst you’re here. There’s a lot to do, but I promise you’ll enjoy it.
Here’s a short video I have shot and edited myself at the the University of Derby’s Journalism Taster Day!
This day allows students who have chosen Derby on their UCAS application to come and have a look around the fantastic facilities we have here for the journalism course.
They also got a chance to speak to the lecturers and even some current students for those that were lucky enough.
Take a look, it might give you a bit of help and advice you need!