This course is one of the first of its kind. It offers a thorough grounding in criminology and counselling – two disciplines which are vital to the criminal justice system. Criminology studies the causes of crime, the process of victimisation, the workings of the criminal justice system and the techniques for preventing crime. Counselling has an important and expanding role in attending to the victims of crime, addressing some of the causes of offending, reducing re-offending, seeking restorative justice, and alleviating stress among criminal justice practitioners. You will learn from academic experts and experienced practitioners who regularly contribute to our modules. You will gain the skills to carry out your own research, to apply a critical mind to contemporary social problems, and to adopt an empathetic and supportive stance to those suffering from harm.