Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

Course Modules

The BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to build your skills, knowledge and confidence through a balance of core 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 core modules.

In Year 2, you take four core 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.

Year 1 core modules:

Criminal Justice Process;

Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (BSc programme);

Sociology of Crime (associated with BSc programme);

Understanding Crime.

Year 2 core modules:

Advanced Crime and Law;

Crime and Law;

Critical Skills and Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice;

Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice.

Year 3 compulsory modules:

Criminology and Social Theory;

Social Research Methods.

Level 5 option modules:

Crime and Science (Level 5);

Crime Fiction and the Law;

Crime, Media and Culture;

Criminal Evidence;

Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice;

Equality and Diversity;

Imprisonment and Justice;

Judicial Studies;

Law and Spatial Power;

Law, Anthropology and Colonialism;

Law, History, and Political Violence;

Organised Crime in Contemporary Society;

Policing and Society;

State Crime (level 5);

Surveillance, Intelligence and Control;

Victims, Crime and Protection;

Work'Based Learning Module;

Youth Crime and Justice (Level 5).

Level 6 option modules:

Crime and Science (Level 6);

Criminal Evidence (Level 6);

European Perspectives on State Violence;

Free Will, Determinism and Responsibility: Critical Theory Perspectives on Criminal Justice;

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice;

Health and Vulnerability in the Criminal Justice System;

Human Rights;

International Criminal Justice;

Judicial Studies;

Law and Disorder: The Criminal Law and Protest;

Law, History, and Political Violence;

Organised Crime in Contemporary Society (Level 6);

Political Violence and Terrorism;

Researching the Workplace;

Restorative and Alternative Justice;

State Crime (level 6);

Surveillance, Intelligence and Control (Level 6);

Undergraduate Dissertation;

Victims, Crime and Protection (Level 6);

White Collar and Corporate Crime;

Youth Crime and Justice.

Please note that the modules listed here are indicative; not all modules will be available every year.

Start Date:

10/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £7,000 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £13,000 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £7,000 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £13,000 Overseas Fees