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:
An online opportunity to meet the Head of Department and Programme Leader to find out what’s in store for your studies
- Date: Tuesday 23 August 2022
- Time: 3pm – 4pm (BST)
- Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/e5355c9fcb2d40f8a0871e336ddc0f4e
An online opportunity to meet members of the Criminology Team to learn more about your first-year modules
- Date: Thursday 1 September 2022
- Time: 2pm – 3pm (BST)
- Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/9373ede41997468f9af6bf52c876a98a
A virtual session to explore the wide range of resources, both academic and pastoral available to you throughout your studies
- Date: Friday 23 September 2022
- Time: 10am – 11am (BST)
- Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/d69d66378c26413c9868f22b85d37f5a
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.