BA in Social Policy and Criminology (Honours)
What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If anti-social behaviour is associated with family and community breakdown, mental health problems and substance abuse, how can we deal with these issues more effectively? This degree takes the study of key questions in contemporary criminology and social policy to an advanced level – examining controversies about crime and disorder in the context of the current recession and cutbacks in social care, education and youth justice budgets.
Key features of the course
- Equips you with the essential concepts and theories that underpin contemporary social policy and criminology
- Explores and compares developments in different communities and countries
- Develops the skills required to evaluate and implement policy initiatives
- Enhances your employability
This degree will provide you with the opportunity to:
- understand and apply social science concepts and theories to complex areas of social policy and criminology
- develop a specialised understanding of the research, the debates and the institutions of social policy and criminology and their inter-relationship
- acquire the skills and knowledge appropriate to graduate status
- develop professional and practical skills that can be applied to both further learning and the world of work.
We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:
- Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
- If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
- Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
- The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.
NB: Prices are subject to change.
How long does it take?
- Part time – 6 years
- Full time – 4 years
- Time limit – 16 years
The BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology provides a solid foundation for a career in any area of criminal justice or social policy. It opens up employment opportunities in health, education and social care as well as in the criminal and youth justice systems, in both the public and the voluntary sectors. You’ll gain a set of transferable skills relevant to research, policy and management positions in welfare, government, public health and criminal justice agencies.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
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