There is no ideal textbook for our course. However some are better than others for our purposes. And we are aware of student poverty.... However for the price of a good night out, one of these two very popular textbooks and the criminology dictionary below will serve you for all 3 years of our degree. You will be able to obtain them from the campus bookshop as well as online places like Amazon or, better still, through my CrimeTalk bookshop.
Tim Newburn  Criminology [2nd ed.]. Abingdon: Routledge.
Piers Beirne & Jim Messerschmidt  Criminology. [6th ed.]. Oxford: Oxford UP.
Chris Hale et al. [2013 ed.] Criminology [3rd ed.]. Oxford: Oxford UP.
Eugene McLaughlin & John Muncie  The Sage Dictionary of Criminology. [3rd ed.]. London: Sage.
The following will also be very useful for you throughout the degree:
Colin Sumner [2004 ed.] The Blackwell Companion to Criminology. Malden [Mass.], Oxford and Victoria [Aus.]: Blackwell.
Mike Maguire et al. [2012 ed.] The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford UP.
Ciaran McCullagh  Crime in Ireland. Cork: Cork UP.
Suzanne Cote [2002, ed.] Criminological Theories. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Paul O’Mahony, [2002, ed.] Criminal Justice in Ireland (Dublin: Institute for Public Administration)