You will examine how complex interactions between the state, the offender, the victim and the public lead particular acts to be framed as crimes while others are not. On this course, you’ll think critically about how laws and offenders are made and who avoids criminalization and why. Explore criminological theory and engage in debates about the problem of crime, criminal justice policy and the impact of crime in contemporary society.
We provide the practical experience employers demand - career areas include probation, policing, the prison service, NGOs, local authorities, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, teaching, social work, and administration.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.
Why Criminology at LSBU?
- You'll be taught by research-active academics whose work is nationally and internationally recognized and informs the course curriculum.
- No.2 London University overall in Criminology (Guardian League Table, 2018).
- Our courses in this field provide the practical experience employers demand - career areas include probation, policing, the prison service, NGOs, local authorities, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, teaching, social work, and administration.
- Graduates can apply for postgraduate courses, such as MSc Criminology and Social Research Methods, MSc Development Studies and MSc Refugee Studies.
- Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with an inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.
- Enhance your employability by taking part in our volunteering programme which covers a range of criminal justice-related agencies.
Key course information - ordered by mode
This course provides you with lots of transferable skills, as well as practical experience, which can be invaluable when it comes to starting your career. Areas you will study include criminal justice, politics, and policy, policing, rehabilitation, youth crime, drugs and crime, genocide and crime in a global context.
Methods of assessment for course overall: 75% coursework.
- Deconstructing the crime problem
- Criminal justice, politics, and social policy
- Issues in crime
- Introduction to the criminological theory
- Issues in contemporary sociology
- Researching social life
- Social research skills 1
- Social research skills 2
- Issues in contemporary policing
- Penal theory, policy, and practice
Plus two optional modules from:
- Youth, crime, and delinquency
- Crime, disorder and community safety
- Issues in criminal justice history
- Introduction to the Workplace
- Crime, criminology, and modernity
- Gender, crime, and justice
- Criminology research project (double module)
Plus two optional modules from:
- Drugs and crime
- Race, culture, and identity
- Genocide in the 20th Century
- Equality, social justice, and social change
- Criminology of evil
- Work placement
Students take part in voluntary work in the police service, the prison service, legal advice, victim support, domestic violence and child abuse agencies, youth offending and youth mentoring schemes. Many prefer to work with the police or criminal justice services, where there are countless opportunities to help the community with plenty of room for specialization.
A humanities degree also has the real advantage of opening up careers in a number of professions such as teaching, social work, administration and higher level education. Other graduates have forged exciting careers in research, public relations, advertising, retail, management and media-related work.
One popular role is as a probation officer working with offenders before, during and after they are sentenced. Possessing a great deal of patience, strong spoken communication skills, and a non-judgemental attitude, a probation officer can be very rewarding work. A qualified probation officer can earn between £28,000-£35,000. (National Careers Service)
The police service also offers a wide variety of long-term opportunities providing a two-year probationary period is completed. Salaries after 5 years can be up to £30,000. (BBC News)
If you are willing to take further training, then social work is another alternative. Social Workers provide support and assistance to many individuals, families, and groups, from the homeless to people with learning and physical disabilities. It's possible to earn up to £25,000 once qualified. (National Careers Service)
The academic strength of our programmes has allowed many graduates to continue onto postgraduate degrees and academic research. We offer a number of applied postgraduate courses (heavily linked to the Department's nationally and internationally recognized research activities).
Postgraduate taught courses to include:
- MSc Criminology and Research Methods
- MSc Development Studies
- MSc Refugee Studies
We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
Year 1 class contact time is typically 9 hours per week plus individual tutorial and independent study.
Brief assessment outline
All modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, essays, exams, presentations, reports, case-studies, reviews and final year dissertation.
Research active academics
You will be taught by research-active academics whose work is internationally recognized and informs the course curriculum. You'll be encouraged to undertake your own research, from which you'll gain invaluable experience of social science research methods.
Criminology conference at LSBU
At LSBU, Criminology staff is actively engaged in criminological research and in making a difference to local, national and international criminal justice policy. On 13th September, Helen Easton, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, hosted a conference with international guest speakers titled "Overcoming the Stalemate: Progressing Change in Prostitution Laws in England and Wales".
Personal Academic Tutoring
As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for 15 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or sign up for appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.
- A Level BCC or:
- BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.