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Crime and criminal justice are the source of much public concern, fear and fascination. Generating ongoing controversy and debate, crime and criminal justice policy remain pressing issues within media, government and local communities. Yet the mix of factors that contribute to crime and the range of strategies for addressing crime are increasingly complex. Studying this course at Birkbeck will provide you with the skills necessary to understand and assess the dilemmas of crime and justice in contemporary society. You will develop your ability to critically engage in key debates within the field, and gain the tools necessary to understand the social, political, economic and cultural contexts of crime, justice, security and disorder. This course not only explores the worlds of prisons, courts, probation and the police, but grapples with broader social questions about order, regulation, surveillance and control. The course is also available for part-time evening study over four years.
The School of Law is an internationally recognised centre for critical approaches to law and criminology, with research-active academics whose work challenges traditional understanding of crime and criminal justice and who are commited to interdisciplinary, socially-engaged research. The School is also home to the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) which carries out multidisciplinary research into crime and the criminal justice system. ICPR also publishes the World Prison Brief, a unique database that provides free access to information about prison systems throughout the world. Dedicated academic skills workshops are run at Birkbeck by our Learning Development Tutor, who can advise on essay writing, time-management, efficient reading and note-making, giving presentations and participating in seminars. In the 2017 National Student Survey, 100% of Birkbeck BSc Criminology students said that they were satisfied overall, with 96% of students satisfied with the teaching on their course. We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top three in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality. Read about Birkbeck research that tackles the big issues and ‚real world’ questions facing law makers.
The BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to build your skills, knowledge and confidence through a balance of compulsory courses, which cover key skills and concepts in the field, and a selection of option courses, which allow you to specialise in your own areas of interest. In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules. In Year 2, you take four compulsory modules. You also choose 60 credits’ worth of option modules at Level 5. In Year 3, you take two compulsory modules and choose 90 credits’ worth of option modules at Level 6. Option modules will be drawn from a range of topics within the broad field of criminology and criminal justice. Please note that you cannot take the same option module at Level 5 and at Level 6. Also, not all options will be available every year.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Graduates can pursue careers in criminal justice, public safety or social welfare. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community development worker, prison or probation officer, social worker or adult guidance worker. We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.