Dr John Kerr
the University of Surrey
University of Law

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About this Subject Spotlight

Join Dr John Kerr as he considers what constitutes a crime, with a particular focus on what criminology actually is, the difference between white collar and corporate crimes (with some recent examples from history), and a deep-dive into transnational criminology, thinking about global crime control efforts and the typical ways in which criminals make money. John also poses some topical questions that get you to think about the ongoing global 'war on drugs'.

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Criminology at University of Law

The BA (Hons) Criminology is an undergraduate degree designed to allow you to delve into the fascinating and diverse world of criminology, exploring areas such as drugs, cybercrime and terrorism. With this course you’ll be able to develop an understanding of contemporary criminology concepts and theories, looking at how they are viewed from a variety of perspectives. If you have aspirations of working in the criminal justice sector and want to build a strong overview of criminology and its effects within modern society, then this course is an excellent place to start.

Designed by expert criminologists, this three year degree programme will allow you to look at areas such as drugs, cybercrime, migration, mass incarceration, terrorism, and trafficking in detail. You’ll get to consider how these areas are viewed by groups from various backgrounds and with different outlooks, including how gender, race and cultural perspectives and issues can impact opinion.

This course is particularly interesting if you’re looking to work in the criminal justice sector or associated fields. You’ll benefit from learning in various ways, giving you a well-rounded understanding of both the theory and practice of criminology. This will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of criminology and apply this to current socio-economic policies and conditions.

You will learn through a variety of group sessions, workshops, digital media and a wide range of learning resources, completing a research methods module and a dissertation or research project in your final year. In addition to your knowledge of criminology, you will gain a wide range of analytical, research, problem solving and communication skills, which are in high demand by employers.

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