Criminology BA Welcome Pack

Welcome to BA Criminology 2022.

Criminology tackles questions such as what is crime? How much of it is there? How are laws enforced? Why is crime concentrated in particular areas? How do you judge and evaluate evidence? How can crime be prevented? How do we best support victims and survivors? Additionally, Criminology asks us to imagine what society ought to be like, could or should we defund the police or abolish prisons?

Our Criminology degree provides you with a gradual development of criminological knowledge that progressively advances across the years. A range of different assessment strategies allow you to explore your strengths and weaknesses, developing transferable skills for the future.

Throughout your studies at the University of Northampton, you will be registered as a student member of the British Society of Criminology [BSC]. This offers a unique opportunity to engage with wider criminological discourse and attend conferences and events. Further information about the British Society of Criminology can be found on the BSC website.

Your Programme Leader

Dr Paula Bowles

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Welcome and Induction Sessions

To welcome you to the University and the BA Criminology degree, your academic tutors would like to invite you to some welcome and induction sessions to give you the opportunity to meet other students on your course. Please see the accordions below for more details:

What you can do to prepare

To start thinking criminologically, keep an eye on the news, whether written, visual or oral. Consider what is the biggest crime problem in your locality, the country and globally. How would you begin to tackle these problems?

Enhancing skills, building networks and engaging in the wider University community

The Criminology Team has a wide range of social media accounts which we would encourage you to follow:

In addition, the Criminology Team manage and write a regular blog. Throughout your studies we would encourage you all, to contribute to the blog your own thoughts on crime, criminology or your wider academic experience. You can find previous examples of student writing on our blog site.

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