Criminology (Youth Justice) BA Honours

Discovering the relationship between youth and crime, you’ll explore the fundamentals of criminological theory and social issues facing young people.


3 years full-time




$11,300 (CA) $15,800 (INT)

Course Summary

Strongly focused on usable skills, this degree gives you a grounding in criminology. You’ll concentrate on the core subjects related to criminology including crime theory and criminal justice institutions, so you’ll be able to analyse issues in a clear and concise way. While studying criminology, you’ll also explore youth justice studies, discovering the history of youth justice and policy, and investigate the role and issues of children and young people in the justice system. Our criminology department is a leading centre of criminology and social science research, so you’ll be studying at the heart of the latest policy and practice developments. We also have strong links with the Metropolitan and Hertfordshire police which enables us to fast-track your application into the Special Constabulary. Developing your criminology skills in a live environment. During the course you’ll take field trips within a criminal justice setting like court visits and prisons, which you’ll use to develop your understanding of criminology in context. You’ll also take part in a paid work placement and our links with employers in the criminal justice system means that prestigious placement opportunities are available. Here you’ll build your professional experience within the live criminal justice settings, building practical skills and knowledge. When it comes to support, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor to get the backing you need. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants who have personal experience in your subject. When you graduate, you’ll have a wide range of jobs available to you. Previously, our graduates have gone on to work as youth workers, police officers, data analysts, and more. They have been employed in organisations like the Metropolitan Police, the Probation Service, and the Home Office among others. This a versatile and challenging degree with a wide range of career options available. The skills you’ll build are highly valued by employers across all sorts of sectors, so if you’re interested in criminology, then this is the course for you.

Course Content

You will be introduced to crime in its social context, to the history of criminological thought and to the principal methods used in the study of crime and criminal justice. You will then go on to examine contemporary ideas about the nature and causes of crime and offending, paying attention to the global context, critically examines institutions such as the police, courts and prisons. You will be equipped with the skills you need to undertake criminological research. The final year dissertation allows you to complete your own research on a subject of your choosing. Core transferable skills gained by studying this programme include verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, research methodologies and techniques, skills in constructing and defending arguments. Practical experience is available via the option of doing an accredited placement as 3rd year optional module. You will develop research skills that will enable you to analyse a range of publications in both print and digital from within government criminal justice agencies and other informed organisations. You will develop advanced analytical skills that will enable you to critically evaluate a wide range of materials including theories, policies, strategies, and operational plans. You will develop excellent awareness of how policy is created, interpreted and implemented, and how this informs society. You will also be able to draw on a wide range of criminological theories and concepts in order to develop a debate or discussion and to justify your conclusions.

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