Crime and how to deal with it are amongst the most significant and contentious issues of our time, so it is vital that we understand this subject. Criminology is the study of crime, its causes and effects, and what we do about it. At Liverpool Hope University, you will study how crime is defined and who defines it, why some people commit offences, and what happens to those who commit crimes if they are caught.
Criminology also studies the impact of the various agencies and organisations that deal with crime: the police, the courts, the probation and prison services, as well as the role of the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. Studying Criminology enables you to focus on questions such as ‘is criminal behaviour learned or inherited?’ and ‘why are some actions defined as criminal and not others?’; ‘what is the purpose of punishment and to what extent does it deter criminal behaviour?’
Criminology is a well-established degree at Liverpool Hope and is taught by staff with considerable experience at national and international level. Several key criminological textbooks are written by members of the School. The Criminology team is enthusiastic and dedicated and will help you to get the most out of your degree. Criminology is heavily focused on justice - how it is delivered, to whom, by whom and whether or not it is effective. This reflects Liverpool Hope’s commitment to social justice both nationally and internationally.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. Lectures will map the discipline of Criminology, providing you with a general framework. Seminar activities and discussions help to develop basic understandings of the background and historical development of criminal justice and social policy. Tutorials in groups of around 10 help you to develop skills of analysis of how the justice system works. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
If you are studying Criminology as a Single Honours degree, in your first year there will be approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. If you are studying Criminology as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.
On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Exams at the end of each year offer an opportunity to assess your knowledge and understanding of the subject. Seminar topics are typically assessed via an essay. Reports and portfolios, which are linked to tutorial sessions, enable you to reflect on your learning. In the final year, all students are also required to undertake a criminology based dissertation/research project, which provides you with the chance to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a topic.
Feedback is given to you in a variety of ways. Where essays are submitted via Turnitin, then there is electronic feedback; for exams, there is a mark sheet that is available with comments on your answers; and there is always personal and group feedback.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
Your first year of study provides you with an overview of Criminology and covers its key issues. Topics such as the history and development of criminal justice, gender and crime, globalisation and the criminal justice process will be covered. You will also gain an overview of theoretical approaches to crime and punishment.
In your second year, you will develop a more in-depth understanding of the various theoretical explanations that can be used to explain crime and deviance, and the philosophies that we use to justify punishment. The influence of these theoretical approaches upon concrete examples of criminal behaviour and on how we punish offenders will also be explored; specific kinds of offending will be examined, such as hate crime, youth crime, and homicide.
If you are studying Single Honours Criminology, you will also study the operation of contemporary criminal justice, and the methods by which we collect information and data about the various criminal justice agencies. This raises questions about how we know what we think we do about crime and justice, and how this impacts upon our knowledge.
In your final year, you will study how the various sanctions we use to punish offenders have developed, their use and impact. Both sentences available to the courts as well as out-of-court penalties will be considered. You will also explore the contribution that psychology makes to the understanding of crime and the criminal justice process.
If you are studying Single Honours Criminology, then you will explore four specific areas: crime, justice and the media; human rights and criminology; crime and society in England and Wales 1750-1900; and the relationship between drugs, alcohol and criminal justice.
As a graduate in Criminology, you will have a firm grounding for entry to a range of criminal justice and related careers. Past graduates have gone on to have a career as a Drug and Rehabilitation Officer, Prison Officer, Safeguarding Officer and Hate Crime Caseworker. While the police, prison and probation services are the most obvious career paths, the knowledge, awareness and experience of studying Criminology are valuable in a range of services. In addition, some graduates have used their degree as a stepping-stone to pursue more formal legal training.
As well as detailed knowledge about crime and justice, you will also learn skills that are vital for employment in a wide range of careers. You will learn critical thinking, analysis and synthesis; problem solving and decision-making; effective written and oral communication; effective use of information technology; numeracy skills; time management; and the ability to work in a team and independently.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
We advise you to consider the cost of the books that will be suggested as key reading/reference books. All books will be available in the library, but in limited numbers. We suggest setting aside around £100 for purchases, but remember that costs of books vary depending on where you buy them.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £11,400 (provisional) per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available with Foundation Year as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects:
|Criminology and Computer Science (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Creative Writing (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Early Childhood (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Education (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and English Language (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Film & Visual Culture (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and International Relations (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Media & Communication (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Philosophy & Ethics (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Politics (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Psychology (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Social Care (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Social Policy (with Foundation Year)|
|Criminology and Sociology (with Foundation Year)|