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Course summary

What factors can explain the recent rise in knife crime? How is climate change linked to the crimes of the powerful? Are prisons the appropriate response to criminal acts? Are we all treated equally before the law? These are some of the debates that you will explore in this course, by looking at the complex interactions between the state, the offender, the victim and society. You will think critically about how laws are made and how social structures shape both crime and crime control. As a criminology student at LSBU, you will be able to engage in a series of employability events. Criminology courses open pathways to careers in a variety of settings, including probation, policing, the prison service, NGOs, local authorities, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, teaching, social work and administration. Our courses prepare you for a range of careers, including probation, policing, the prison service, NGOs, local authorities, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, teaching, social work and administration. Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with an inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.


Modules are Subject to Change Year 1 Semester 1 Deconstructing the Crime problem (core) Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (core) Social Science in the Contemporary World: Themes, Concepts and Higher Education Skills (core) Semester 2 Issues in Crime (core) Understanding Crime: criminological theory in context (core) Social Justice in Action (core) Year 2 Semester 1 Understanding Punishment: penal theory in practice (core) Social Research Methods (core) Behind Bars: prisons and society (optional) Decolonisation and Legacies of Empire (optional) Issues in Criminal Justice History (optional) Semester 2 Youth Crime and Delinquency (core) Working in the Social Sciences (core) Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Climate Crisis (optional) London: Crime and Social Exclusion (optional) Policing and Society (optional) Year 3 Research Project (core) Semester 1 Gender, Crime and Justice (core) Hate Crime (optional) International Security (optional) Social Justice and Social Policy (optional) Semester 2 Contemporary Criminology (core) Crimes of the Powerful: states corporations and human rights (optional) Politics and Protest (optional) Race, Culture, and Identity (optional)

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants: IELTS 6.0 (the minimum score required in each skill area is 5.5) or TOEFL IBT 80 ( the minimum score required in each skills areas are: Reading 18, Listening 17, Writing 17, Speaking 20) or Pearson Test of English Academic 52 (the minimum score required in each skill area is 51)

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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