Our Department of Sociology (in which this course is based) is ranked among the top 50 departments on the planet according to the QS World Rankings (2017). Meanwhile, American Studies at Essex is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for American Studies (CUG 2018). On this course you combine studies of the US with criminology to obtain an excellent understanding of the global patterns increasingly found in criminal justice policies and criminal offences. A social view which links crime to issues of power, resources, rights, (in)equality, governance and culture leads you to question and challenge. You consider why certain groups of people are more likely than others to become offenders, why certain kinds of offenders are more likely than others to be caught, how some governments commit ‘state crime’ and why so many people are simultaneously fearful of, yet fascinated by, crime. You spend your third year at a partner university in the US, so you can truly explore and become immersed in American culture. You spend the autumn term of your third year in the US, so you can truly explore and become immersed in American culture.