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Subject Intent: Why Criminology?
The study of Criminology provides an understanding of the complexity of behaviours and social implications of crimes and criminality and the impact of this on wider social issues, including government policies and initiatives. Students acquire academic skills such as research, report writing and communication along with practical skills including creativity, planning and organisation. Criminology provides the opportunity to apply knowledge to the real world, creating an awareness of the “big picture” and challenging students to hold to account, and question, decisions made on their behalf, encouraging them to engage with society around them. The course is good preparation for studying the social sciences at university, and also prepares students for work in crime-related contexts such as the law, policing and criminal justice.
Why should I study this subject?
Criminology is an increasingly popular subject for students who are interested in a career in criminal justice, or studying Criminology at university. The subject explores why people commit crime, drawing on explanations from psychology and sociology, along with how society tackles crime through the law, policing and punishment. Students learn about different types of crime, how people’s perceptions of crime are shaped and how crimes are investigated. They also study how the criminal justice system operates.
What will I study?
• Changing awareness of crime: types of crime, perceptions of crime, unreported crime
• Media representations of crime and official data on crime
• Crime prevention and awareness campaigns;
• Criminological theories: theories of criminality from biology, psychology and sociology
• Crime scene to courtroom: the criminal justice system from investigation to verdict –personnel and techniques involved in criminal investigations and courtroom procedures
• Crime and punishment: law-making, criminal justice, forms and functions of punishment
What are the entry requirements?
“Studying criminology I was able to study topics that not only interested me, but also allowed me to actively make a change. This is why I think studying criminology is great as you are not only learning theory in a classroom, but are practicing how to better the world we live in.”
Zaib-un-nisa Kosser – Bradford Girls Grammar School