Social Policy and Criminology at The Open University is a site of distinctive expertise and innovation. We have a highly successful undergraduate teaching programme focused on a range of key policy issues in UK and international contexts and we place a strong emphasis on the production of innovative modules spanning Social Policy and Criminology. We contribute to qualifications in the social sciences and to specialist degrees in Social Policy and Criminology as well as in Criminology and Psychological Studies.
Our new BA (Hons) Criminology degree, which starts in October 2018, offers a unique insight into a broad range of criminological topics at the national, international and global levels. Each module uses key themes, such as power, inequality, social harm and social justice, enabling students to unpack familiar social problems in new and exciting ways.
The research work and staff publications in our discipline are highly rated, and we are successful in attracting significant external grant research income. Our research strengths gravitate around a number of broad substantive themes including Harm and Violence, Identities, Social Inequalities and Social Development.