Black Studies Criminal Justice BA Hons

Black Studies Criminal Justice BA Hons

Black Studies is ground-breaking because it puts the experiences, perspectives and contributions of African and the African diaspora at the very heart of university education.


The aim of this degree is to provide you with the context to understand the issues as well as the tools and experience to work to remedy major social problems. More importantly, the aim of the subject is to break down traditional barriers and apply the work we do on campus to improving the conditions facing those who live off campus.

In creating the BA (Hons) Black Studies in Criminal Justice degree we have taken the strengths of the Black Studies programme and directly applied them to one of the most significant problems facing Black communities. 

You will take Black Studies modules which explore the history, politics and experience of Black communities as well as examining the issues in society that produce such stark inequalities. Alongside these modules you will take Criminology-specific modules that explore the basis of, and issues with, the criminal justice system. You will gain experience of the criminal justice system in the second year and be expected to use your learning and experience to create a final year project that is applied to the real world.

For those interested in working in criminal justice the issue of race and racism is one of the most important given the inequalities in the system. The aim is for this degree to provide essential learning that can be applied to future careers in the sector.


Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English language at grade C/4 or above

  • IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

Career Prospects

Enhancing employability skills
The benefit of Black Studies is that as society becomes increasingly diverse, employers recognise the need to have a much deeper range of knowledge about society. It will also be an advantage because it demonstrates a wealth of knowledge on issues of race, inclusion and society.
As well as this, you will gain the transferrable skills that employers always crave such as skills in critical thinking, analysis and research. 

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring role.

Course Details

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules

Year 1

Introduction to Black Studies
Black Intellectual Thought
City, Community, Culture
Crime, Punishment and Society
State and Societies
Researching Black Lives and Experiences

Year 2

Black Political Activism
Race and Crime
Black Studies Methods
Black Feminism
Black Studies Placement

Optional modules.
Experiencing Harm
Crime in the City
Youth, Crime and Justice

Final Year

Black Arts Movement
Blackness in Britain
Black Studies Project

Optional modules
Emotions in Crime and Criminal Justice
Gender and Crime
Cybercrime
Everyday Surveillance
Local to Global Organised Crime
Hate Crime
Harms of the Powerful

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