This course offers a critical study of the connections between criminological theory, criminal justice policy, and social control. You will examine the social, economic, and political contexts that give rise to crime and victimization.
You will explore and challenge formal responses to offending behavior, including policing, punishment and rehabilitation, and wider strategies of social control. You will study the criminalization process and engage critically with ‘what works to reduce crime.
You will develop your qualitative and quantitative research skills, and conduct your criminological research inquiry into a specialist area.
Reasons to choose Kingston University
- Kingston is well-placed for visits to crown courts, the central criminal court, and the many non-government organizations (NGOs) and charities connected to crime prevention and justice.
- The course offers opportunities to access first-hand experiences of imprisonment, the transition from prison, and the desistance process.
- In addition to teaching the substantive elements of criminological theory, research, and practice, the course examines an array of social harms and perspectives, which have traditionally been neglected by criminologists and the legal system.