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Introduction to criminology

The Open University UK

9 months
3168 GBP/full
3168 GBP/full
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This Introduction to criminology module from The Open University UK is an ideal introduction to one of the key areas of social sciences as it offers you an informed understanding of how criminal law is applied and its connection to social order/disorder, as well as criminal justice.

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On a week-by-week basis, you are introduced to different case studies encouraging you to think critically about the relationship between state, power and crime and the factors influencing the definition, contestation and deconstruction of crime in modern societies. Your studies are integrated with a range of skills that'll also provide a solid basis for progression to an OU level 2 module in this subject. 

What you will study

Criminology is closely allied to other social sciences subject areas such as sociology, social policy, political science, geography, psychology and history as well as law, criminal justice and police studies. 

This Introduction to criminology module from The Open University UK  brings together a variety of approaches and understandings from many of these disciplines to develop what is termed as the criminological imagination. You'll explore the different definitions, understandings and ways of thinking about crime and justice in society and develop your own critically informed approach that questions the role and effectiveness of criminal justice in contemporary society.  

Programme Structure

 Blocks of study

  •  The first block gives you an overview of the module and helps you to think about different ways of approaching the definition of ‘crime’. Through high profile case examples, you'll explore in detail the importance of considering the ‘power to define’ when it comes to how society sees perpetrators and victims of ‘crime’.
  • In Block 2 you'll look at how power, influence and social standing impact on how we decide if and when avoidable and premature deaths should be defined as a murder.
  • Block 3 introduces you to some of the key foundations of the criminal justice system: the rule of law, the police, the prosecution, prisons and the voluntary sector. 
  • The final block invites you to look again at many of the ideas and examples you have considered over the previous three blocks. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at OU level 2. 

  • Introduction to criminology (DD105) is available for standalone study and is an ideal starting point if you are considering going on to study one of our qualifications. Its integrated teaching of key study and skills will give you a firm foundation for further study.

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