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Crime and Justice, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Crime and Justice programme is offered by The Open University UK.  


Crime, disorder, and justice are increasingly pressing concerns across the world. Fear of crime and proliferating global threats contribute to an increasing sense of insecurity. Local concerns – for example street crime – are now accompanied by twenty-first century global concerns about human trafficking, cyber-crime, terrorism and human rights violations to name but a few. These ‘threats’ have implications for justice, as the boundaries between crime control and civil liberties are being increasingly redrawn. You’ll explore crime and justice in both global and local contexts, and in particular the way that crime and justice are being continually redefined by global economic, social and political change.

Modules count towards OU qualifications

OU qualifications are modular in structure; the credits from this undergraduate-level module could count towards a certificate of higher education, diploma of higher education, foundation degree or honours degree.

The Crime and Justice programme is offered by The Open University UK.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Key issues for this module are:
  • What do we mean by ‘crime’ and ‘criminal justice’?
  • In what ways do crime and criminal justice have a global dimension?
  • What is the difference between crime and the idea of social harm?
  • How is the concept of violence intrinsic to understanding both crime and criminal justice?
  • How does power work itself into networks of crime and the practices of criminal justice?
For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements


This is an OU level 3 module, for which you are expected to be acquainted with the social sciences or with humanities. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably with the OU.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    2140 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2140 GBP per module and a duration of 9 months.
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