What will you study on the BA Criminology (Criminal Justice)?
Criminological theory lie at the heart of this course and you will study the ways of understanding crime and criminalisation, criminal justice responses and crime control perspectives and practices. You will critically explore the current criminal justice landscape – law, policy, practice and institutions – through a range of established and cutting edge theoretical approaches. You will critically examine specific areas of criminal justice such as prisons and the courts, the relationship between the public and the police, online and globalised crime, and violence and victimisation by engaging with contemporary debates and current issues. You will explore how issues of crime and criminalisation are shaped by social forces such as globalisation, race, social class and gender
You will learn to understand the factors that influence criminological research, policy and practice. Throughout the course you will take part in active debates affecting policy, in areas such as the relationship between the police and public, reform of the prison and probation services, and the working of the criminal courts. We also use current events in the media to stimulate theoretical, philosophical and political debates, which will help to sharpen your critical thinking skills.
Our close links with key criminal justice agencies such as the police, the probation service, and youth offending teams means you take part in real life projects from within the system, which can support and inform your thinking and help you to produce original and progressive academic work.
What will you gain?
You will gain an in-depth knowledge of criminal justice policy and the institutions of criminal justice as well as the ability to critically and theoretically analyse current issues facing criminal justice institutions and practice. Your research, communication and numerical and software skills will be developed across modules and in your final year dissertation. You will also develop advanced analytical skills that will enable you to critically evaluate a wide range of materials including theory and policies, strategies, and operational plans.
You will develop excellent awareness of how policy is created, interpreted and implemented, and how this informs society. You will also be able to draw on a wide range of criminological theories and concepts in order to develop a debate or discussion and to justify your conclusions.
Furthermore, you will experience professional life through placement options and engagement with practitioners and reformers.