Social Policy and Criminology at the OU is recognized nationally and internationally for its distinctive approach to teaching and research in the study of Criminology and Social Policy. We are an international leader in the development of written, broadcast and audio-visual teaching materials in Social Policy and Criminology. We contribute to a range of qualifications in the social sciences and to specialist degrees in Social Policy and Criminology as well as in Criminology and Psychological Studies. They form part of a Faculty curriculum and culture in which emphasis is placed on the virtues of interdisciplinary study and research. We use interdisciplinary methods and theories to examine those rapidly changing social policies, practices and processes that affect the social, economic and cultural welfare of individuals, families, communities and nations across the UK, Europe and wider international contexts. There is a strong emphasis on the production of innovative modules in Social Policy and Criminology and on the links between these fields of academic study.
We have a highly successful undergraduate teaching programme focused on a range of key policy issues in UK and international contexts. Topics and areas covered in our modules include social inequalities, poverty, housing, health, social harm, children and young people, families, crime control, personal lives and relationships, social justice, and globalisation.
We welcome applications in Social Policy and Criminology to study for an MPhil or PhD, as either a full-time campus-based student or a part-time distance-taught student. We are particularly interested in proposals which fall within our existing research strengths. Further information about staff research expertise can be found on individual staff webpages.
A vibrant research culture is sustained through our commitment to producing scholarship and research publications of national and international significance that can act as a catalyst for and inform public dialogue on critical issues across Social Policy and Criminology. The Department's research and staff publications are highly rated, and we host significant research projects funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.