Social Policy and Criminology at Birmingham

Do prisons do more harm than good?  What is the relationship between poverty and crime? Why do less equal societies have higher rates of homicide? By choosing to study Social Policy and Criminology you will gain insights into a range of social problems and social harms.

It will enable you to consider the ways that different societies produce contrasting levels of 'problems' and 'harms', such as drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, homicide, and workplace injury. You will be encouraged to consider the reasons why particular 'social problems' or 'social harms' are designated as being either 'crimes' or 'social policy' issues and are dealt with through contrasting 'welfare' or 'criminal justice' responses from society.