**Criminology at Newman University** explores the notion of crime and examines how the criminal justice system operates from a critical perspective. As a student at Newman, we will expect you to use your life experiences and studies to answer a range of questions: What constitutes crime? Who decides if something should be a crime? Is crime the product of social factors or individual psychology? Is the law enforced equally? What is the purpose of punishment? How can we best respond to youth violence? Are young people wrongly linked with violent crime? Our small classroom sessions are complemented by a range of fascinating field trips – to observe courts, to see behind the scenes at a police custody suite and to visit the National Holocaust Centre. You will visit criminal justice agencies and be asked to rethink what you understand by crime, criminal justice and criminology. You will have opportunities to get directly involved throughout the course too, by assisting with activities inside prisons and working with community groups and campaigners seeking justice for people who have died in custody. You will regularly hear guest speakers from the media, voluntary organisations, police and prison staff, and have the chance to meet and talk with ex-prisoners, magistrates and internationally renowned academics. Above all, you will be part of a learning community – students and lecturers as partners working together – seeking to understand the full range of crimes and social harms that affect the wider community. **SPECIAL FEATURES** You will be taught by a team of committed research active staff who have written and published internationally in areas such as prisons, the police, and youth violence, and who are committed to supporting you personally as you move through the course. - Currently we have two university-funded collaborative projects where students are being paid to undertake research with staff. - In your first year, you will be involved in practical research working with other students on a joint project. - During your second year you will undertake a work placement providing you with valuable vocational experience. - In your third year you can focus on your own areas of interest by choosing from a range of option modules and undertaking your own research. **EMPLOYABILTY** Criminology students will leave equipped with the skills to thrive in a variety of work situations. There is a wide range of possible career destinations where graduates find themselves able to be a force for change and influence including: probation, policing, victim support, youth offending, crime analysts, local government, and in the voluntary and private sectors.