This unique course explores issues concerning the definition, nature and incidence of crime, and looks to use academic theory to find explanations for criminal behaviour. You’ll be given the opportunity to engage in debates on the nature of justice, examine a range of perspectives on areas like policing, investigation, prosecution and punishment, and consider the effectiveness, fairness and consequences of various institutional approaches to crime.
Criminological study at Solent starts with our programme of lectures and guest speakers. Past students have benefitted from talks delivered by criminal justice professionals and psychology practitioners, giving detailed insight into the industry and the careers it offers.
Previous years have seen students embark on a range of national and international study trips. These trips enabled students to visit local criminal justice facilities including the Old Bailey and the Houses of Parliament, as well as international sites of interest like the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, USA.
This programme also encourages students to develop a range of transferable interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews and group work. These competencies are valued in a wide range of industries.
Solent University’s criminology degree can help you to better understand the experience of crime victims, media representations of social problems and the effect of modern communications technology on the processes of law. This knowledge will position you well to pursue either further study or graduate employment.
What does this course lead to?
Whether you are working in the public or private sector, a career in criminal justice offers the chance to engage with some of the most challenging and fulfilling aspects of life in the twenty-first century.
You can make a real difference to someone’s quality of living, enhance community experience, be at the very cutting edge of technology and contribute to global developments.
Working as a cyber-security consultant, or with those suffering from addiction, helping the disadvantaged, or those deemed ‘dangerous’ or undesirable, you can have a perceptible impact on our society.
Who is this course for?
This course is well suited to students who are keen to study criminality, criminal justice, social issues and policing.
Graduates are well prepared for positions in the criminal justice sector, social care, mental health and community safety.