Learning outcomes

Overall programme learning outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, students should:

  • Have a critical analysis of the varying causes and functions of crime in society;
  • Know the history of criminology and its wide range of theories;
  • Be aware of the influence of class, gender, race, religion, politics, region and age in the causation and definition of crime and social deviance;
  • Have learned key empirical research findings about crime and understood the research methodologies used in producing criminological knowledge;
  • Be able to create research designs into a wide range of criminological issues;
  • Be able to read and decode the philosophy, theory and research implicit in different criminal justice politics and policies;
  • Be able to conduct a critical assessment of popular opinion, media images of crime and deviance, and the official criminal statistics;
  • Have gained an insight into the forms and processes of criminalization, and an awareness of alternatives to imprisonment;
  • Have become aware of cultural variations in the handling of moral and political conflicts globally; and of the relationship between the international economic order and crime and justice in developing countries.