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Social Policy & Criminology: Why Study with Us?

We have a highly successful undergraduate teaching programme which focuses on a range of key UK and international topics and policy issues, and we place a strong emphasis on producing innovative modules that engage and inspire our students. Your studies with The Open University will help you to challenge your assumptions about crime and criminal justice, and enable you to view the world differently.

Our teaching

Criminology as a subject can be seen as the convergence point for a variety of different disciplines, including social policy, sociology, social policy, law, politics and psychology. Our teaching draws upon perspectives from all of these disciplines and many more.  You’ll learn to think critically about crime, harm and victimisation, as well as a range of actual and potential societal responses.

Can I combine my studies?

If you’re interested in sociology, psychology or law, there’s the possibility of enrolling on one of our joint honours programmes and studying Criminology and Sociology, Criminology and Psychology, or Criminology and Law. You can, of course, choose to focus entirely on criminology if that’s what you would prefer.

Social policy & criminology and your career

We’ve thought carefully about the ways in which our qualifications develop a wide range of key skills that will help you achieve your goals, whatever those might be. There are a number of career options directly related to criminology, but NGOs, voluntary and community support organisations, will equally value your newly-gained skills, as will parts of the private sector.

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