Crime continues to be a central focus of public concern and political debate, particularly in world cities such as London. This specialist course will delve into the causes and effects of crime and criminal behaviour, and explore the criminal justice system, including the police, judiciary and prisons, examining the concept of justice and sentencing. You’ll learn about British and European Union law, and the methodological and theoretical tools that criminological practitioners use.
The course is delivered through a range of pedagogic methods including formal lectures, seminars, workshops, project-based research activity and, where necessary, individual tutorials. There’s an emphasis on the link between teaching, practice and research. A number of the staff in our criminology and law subject areas are active researchers, and their research findings often provide the basis for teaching and learning on the course modules. The teaching staff have published articles on a range of topics including gang culture, international organised crime, cybercrime, child protection and the probation service.
Our Criminology and Law BA (Hons) degree course integrates face-to-face engagement with online learning. You’ll have access to our very own mock courtroom. We provide detailed knowledge and understanding of legal rules and their contexts as well as developing general skills such as independent research, critical judgement and debating, communication and teamwork, which will prepare you for the world of work and a range of careers.
Our excellent London location means that MPs, visiting professors, successful graduates, as well as representatives from legal organisations and businesses are often guest speakers at London Met. Our location also provides easy access to London’s many legal resources as well as a range of opportunities for voluntary work and work placement opportunities.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
- Criminal Law (core, 30 credits)
- Introduction to Criminological Theory (core, 30 credits)
- Legal System (core, 30 credits)
- Researching Crime and Deviance (core, 30 credits)
Year 2 modules include:
- Measuring and Interpreting Crime (core, 30 credits)
- Public Law (core, 30 credits)
- Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)
- Perspectives on Policing (option, 30 credits)
- Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)
- Youth, Resistance and Social Control (option, 30 credits)
Year 3 modules include:
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights (core, 30 credits)
- Crime Control and Penology (core, 30 credits)
- Criminological Research Practice (alternative core, 15 credits)
- Criminology and Law Project (alternative core, 30 credits)
- Law Extended Essay (alternative core, 15 credits)
- Criminology Work Experience (option, 15 credits)
- Gender and Sexuality (option, 30 credits)
- Penal Policy (option, 15 credits)
- Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime (option, 30 credits)
- Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (option, 15 credits)
After the course
Graduates have gone on to careers in the police service, the probation service and other areas of the criminal justice system as well as undertaking further professional training in the legal field. The programme is also excellent preparation for further study. The analytical, methodological and legal skills acquired on successful completion provide a strong grounding for development within many different careers.