The Combined Honours programme offers you an opportunity to study two subjects at degree level, enabling you to benefit from high quality teaching across more than one subject. Criminology: The academic discipline of criminology considers a range of questions relating to crime, deviance and social control, including: What are the causes and consequence of crime? What are society’s responses to crime, offenders and victims? How are laws created and enforced? How are crime and law-breaking defined? What are the cultural and historical changes in constructions and responses to crime? The discipline of criminology allows students to think about and address these questions. It provides students an excellent understanding of national and global trends in contemporary British society and situates crime within this context. Criminology and Politics work well together as political decision-making and policies are at the heart of how society deal with crime. As part of their criminological studies, combined honours students are introduced to up-to-date and critical knowledge of the criminal justice processes and policies as well as the key agencies operating within it, such as the police, courts and prisons. As students progress through this course, they will have increasing flexibility to pursue their own specific criminological interests through a range of optional units. Politics: There is ‘politics’ in almost everything we do. It is the study of power: who gets it, why they seek it, by what means they obtain it and what they use it for. Its principal focus is on power relations among individuals, social groups and nations. You will gain a firm grasp of political and current affairs, understand the news headlines, seeing beyond them to the real issues of politics, and be in a better position to comment upon and understand what the politicians are really saying. Studying Politics prepares you for life in the globally interconnected 21st century, exploring how the local, national and international intersect to influence both high and low politics, and questions of power and justice. You will also undertake practical skills training in advanced quantitative and qualitative analysis, to ensure you are fully prepared for the graduate job market.