Examine crime and the various social responses to it. Improve your understanding of crime and deviance, and map the social and criminal justice policy implications.


Criminology gives a fascinating insight into the workings of crime and society’s reaction to it. Criminology is a multidisciplinary field of study which applies theories and research from across the social and behavioural sciences, as well as the insights from the humanities such as history and cultural studies, to the problems of understanding crime and the development of effective and fair public policy in relation to crime.

Across the staff expertise we cover a really vibrant array of local and international issues. Assoc. Professor Steve James , Criminology

Key teaching and research areas include:

  • Conceptualisations of crime and deviance
  • The institutions and practices of criminal justice and wider social control
  • The intersections between law, crime, society and culture
  • The global dimensions of crime, deviance and human rights
  • Social and public policy implications of criminological research
  • Development of sophisticated research methodologies relevant to Criminology

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