In this course you will explore the causes of crime, control of crime and public reaction to crime. In addition to the focus on the causes of crime you will also study the means by which society, social groups and the state, including prisons and police, attempt to deal with it.
Throughout the course you will engage with contentious issues including ‘What are the causes of crime?’ ‘How can crime be prevented?’ and ‘Do prisons work?’ Examining these questions from a variety of perspectives and reviewing the evidence for and against different theories. This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in the criminal justice sector, in professions such as policing, community safety or youth offending.
You will be taught through an innovative approach to learning which involves guest speakers from different spheres of criminological activity such as the UK Borders Agency, practising psychologists, victims and oversight agencies to provide effective learning insights which complements the expertise of lecturers and is designed to ensure you are engaging with the most contemporary issues in criminology.
We place a strong emphasis on relevant work experience and have excellent professional links with the Police, HM Prison Service and Youth Offending Service. Our partnership with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers was the first scheme of its kind in the country.
Criminology at Coventry University is ranked 8th for Student Satisfaction and 4th for career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2020.