Guide to Studying CriminologyWhat is Criminology?Criminology (from Latin cr men, "accusation"; and Greek - , -logia) is the scientific study of criminal behaviour, on individual, social and natural levels, and how it can be managed, controlled and prevented. Criminology falls under a range of disciplines, drawing on sociology, psychology, psychiatry and social anthropology, as well as falling under the remit of criminal law.
Why Study Criminology?Offers an in-depth look at modern crime and punishment, and why certain groups may be societally victimised.
Heavily connected to law, studying the connection between law breaking and the construction of law – good for those interested in law, but wanting a more specific area of study. Most courses have total freedom of module selection within a range of criminology interests.
As a niche degree, there is often a high student to staff ratio, so many departments specialise in small group teaching, meaning greater access to knowledge and expertise than on many degree courses. There are opportunities to study abroad, either as a dual degree with a foreign language or by travelling abroad to study how crime is analysed in other countries.
Coursework, Assessment and ExamsA range of summative (work which counts toward a final degree classification) and formative (work designed to enhance intended learning outcomes) techniques. Dissertation is either optional or compulsory in most third year courses.