Criminology draws from a range of other disciplines including sociology, psychology and law. On this course you will study contemporary problems relating to the crime prevention, criminalisation and social control.
Criminologists study crime, the criminal justice system and society’s response to the impact of criminal behaviour. You will develop a critical understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system and the relationship between punishments and crime prevention. Criminologists also analyse challenging problems relating to harmful behaviours in society and assess a range of solutions.
You will be taught by world-class tutors who have substantial experience working with offenders and prisoners and cases involving domestic violence, child abuse and youth crime. Areas of study include punishment and prisons, gang culture, the criminal justice system and legislations, serial killers and human trafficking.
We offer stimulating modules that will build your knowledge over three years of study. Recent examples have included ‘Becoming a Criminologist’ which will introduce you to the different ways to think about and analyse crime, ‘Youth Crime and Justice’ which will provide an insight into the regulation, control and punishment of young people in society, and ‘Contemporary Issues in Criminology’ which will examine issues in criminology and social control and touches on issues such as mass incarceration, war crimes, terrorism and anti-terrorism.
You will become an independent, critical thinker with the skills to analyse official and popular conceptions of crime. You will learn how to effectively use theory and evidence to solve problems, how to design research projects and ways to challenge current key ethical, political, and moral questions about crime and justice.
The skills you will develop on this course will equip you for a successful career in a wide range of occupations. The official survey of our graduates shows that nine out of ten of our students are in work or further study six months after completing their studies (DLHE 2013/14).
In year one, you will develop a strong foundation in Criminology. You will learn about the different theories relating to crime, examine the history of the criminal justice system, and undertake your own criminological study and research. You will develop your skills in research, writing, and presentation by drawing upon the expertise of our teaching community, who will provide constructive feedback on your progress throughout the year.
In year two, you will build your knowledge by exploring the ways crime theory can be applied in the study of criminal justice and contemporary issues in crime control. Specialist Criminology modules have recently covered topics as varied as Race and Criminal Justice; Youth Crime and Justice; Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence.
In your final year, you will choose from a flexible range of module options to tailor your degree to your own interests. There is an opportunity to carry out an independent research project in a diverse range of areas. Criminology module options have recently included 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.