Our teaching also draws on other disciplines, particularly sociology, psychology and law. We create independent critical thinkers who have the skills and knowledge to analyse official and popular conceptions of crime, criminals and victims.
Our course is designed to help students become effective criminologists by developing knowledge and gaining transferable skills such as thinking critically, writing effectively using theory and evidence, managing time efficiently, solving problems and working effectively both independently and in groups. During the course, our students learn how to perform presentations, design and carry out research projects and reflect on contemporary key ethical, political and moral questions that concern crime and justice.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for motivated, hardworking, critical and creative students who want to do an inspiring degree which we hope will lead you into meaningful and satisfying careers that will enable you to make a real impact on the world.
The Criminology team seek to ensure that the student experience is at the centre of what we do. The students that come to us are lively and interested. They engage with the world around them and they care about social inequalities. They question themselves about their own attitudes and assumptions, and are keen to learn from the experiences of a diverse body of students.
Modules provide an introduction to theories of crime, the historical and contemporary study of the criminal justice system, and criminological study and research. To help you develop your skills in research and writing, we provide continuous assessment and sustained feedback throughout this year.
Core modules build on themes from the first year, exploring the ways that theories of crime can be applied in the study of crime and criminal justice and contemporary issues in crime control. Specialist Criminology modules cover topics such as Race and Criminal Justice; Youth Crime and Justice; Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence.
Students are given the choice from a range of module options that helps them to tailor their degree to their own interests. There is an opportunity to carry out an independent research project in an area of particular interest. Criminology module options include Gender, Violence and Human Rights; Prisons and Punishment; Crime, Culture and the City; Children, Psychology and Criminal Justice; Crimes of the Powerful; Transnational Policing; Drug Use and Policy and Placement Learning in Criminology.
In years two and three, options are also available from Sociology and Psychology course teams, including Global Justice, Security and Society; Media in Contemporary Society; Sociology and Anthropology of Human Rights; International Human Rights and Criminal Law and Criminal and Forensic Psychology.
All of the criminologists who teach at the University are actively engaged in research. This is embedded within our teaching and our expertise reflected in the modules that we offer. Our criminologists are currently engaged in the following research activities:
- Dr. Natasha Du Rose – Research into crime and governance, drug misuse and policy. Natasha has recently completed a book titled Governance of Female Drug Users: Women Drug Users' Experiences of Policy (Policy Press, 2015).
- Dr. Finola Farrant – Research into penology, desistance, gender and identity, and life story methodologies. Finola is working on a book about the life stories of prisoners (Palgrave MacMillan).
- Dr. Aisha K. Gill – Research into health and criminal justice responses to violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) women in the UK, Iraq Kurdistan and India. Aisha is currently working on sexual violence and exploitation in South Asian communities and finalizing a co-authored manuscript titled ‘Honour’-based violence: Experiences and Counter Strategies in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UK Kurdish Diaspora (Ashgate, 2015).
- Dr. Amanda Holt – Research into youth justice, family violence and qualitative methodologies. Amanda is currently working on a research project about parricide and is editing a book about intervention work with adolescent violence (Routledge).
- Dr. John Kerr – Research into art crime, global policing, risk and cultural criminology. John is currently working on a book about the securitization and policing of art theft (Ashgate, 2015).