Criminology 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Keele pioneered the teaching of criminology at undergraduate level in the UK, and we continue to offer a dynamic and cutting edge programme. You will learn from criminological researchers who specialise in areas such as policing, prisons and community justice, systems of justice and of punishment.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: L611

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Course Overview

Criminology is a rapidly developing field which draws on insights and methods from disciplines such as law, social science, cultural studies and psychology to explore crime, crime control and justice from a range of perspectives. You will examine such issues as the impact of crime on society and on its victims. You will be able to gain insights into how society responds to crime through systems of crime control, the workings of our criminal justice institutions, as well as through media representations. You will gain a critical understanding and detailed insight into the politics and development of criminal justice policy.

You will learn about the nature and causes of crime and offending and also explore the methods used to collect and analyse criminological data, which are vital skills for a future career in criminal justice.

Whilst studying Criminology at Keele you may be able to apply for opportunities to gain hands-on experience through volunteering in the community and/or work experience with external agencies who work in criminal justice or resettlement

What will this mean for my future?

A Criminology degree from Keele opens up a wide range of career options in the fields of crime reduction, offender rehabilitation or community safety. It provides an entry to further study or training to allow you to work as a probation officer, social worker, youth worker, prison officer or a solicitor. You can also aspire to work in areas such as victim support, penal reform and advocacy, the courts or in local or central government.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Crime
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice

Second year

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Research Methods in Criminology

Third year

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Risk and Criminal Justice
  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • State Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
  • Drugs, High Crimes or Misdemeanours

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

90

0

0

30

30

2

90

0

0

30

30

3

30

60

90

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Understanding Crime

15

Criminal Justice: Process, Policy, Practice

15

Psychology and Crime

15

Murder

15

Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives

15

Punishment: Beyond the Popular

Imagination

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Crime and Justice in a Global Context

15

Research Methods in Criminology

15

Mental Health and Offending

15

Working for Justice

15

Policing and the Police

15

Communities and Crime

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules (indicative)

Credits

Dissertation for Criminology

30

Popular Culture and Crime

15

   

Prisons and Imprisonment

15

   

Risk and Criminal Justice

15

   

Environmental Crimes

15

   

Drugs: High Crimes or Misdemeanours

15

   

Living with ‘Aliens’: Immigration, Crime

and Social Control

15

   

Rehabilitation, Reintegration and

Desistance from Crime

15

   

The Politics and Cultures of the Death

Penalty in the 21st Century

15

   

Criminology Work Placement

30

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az