Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Explore the nature of crime, why people are seen and labelled as criminal, and investigate the subject from a critical and sociological perspective.

We live in a complex, global, mobile and technologically sophisticated world, divided by inequality. How might we best investigate and understand crime and criminality?

**Why study BA Criminology at Goldsmiths?**

Explore the social and cultural construction of crime and criminality within a stimulating and dynamic sociology department.

You will be encouraged to challenge common sense assumptions about the nature of crime and criminality.

You will be faced with questions about the form of crime now in a global context, and you will look at how ideas of crime and punishment - not only in legal texts, but also in novels, art, television police series and films - have changed over the last two hundred years.

You will be invited to think about contemporary forms of policing in the context of ideas about human rights, and you will think about how notions of evidence in a criminal justice system have changed over the course of the modern period.

The programme is taught by experts in the social sciences, but also includes sessions with those involved with and who have experience of criminal justice.

Course Modules

You will study: the history and development of criminology as a discipline, how our knowledge of crime and criminality is refracted through culture and how the media represent crime, law and social order, forms of government of crime and the policing of individuals, populations and territories, technologies of forensic policing, surveillance and security, crime as a global phenomenon and its policing in the context of global inequality, the movement of peoples, international trade, human rights and state violence, practical cases and stories from people working in and with experience of the criminal justice system, research methods for the empirical investigation of sociological and criminological topics. Our intention is that you consider the problem of crime from a critical perspective in the context of modern forms of power. You will develop a practical, but conceptually sophisticated, set of skills that will equip you for a range of careers in the sector and beyond.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5