Criminology is the study of crime. It involves examining how crime is defined, analysing its extent and impact on individuals and society, outlining assessing explanations for why people commit crime and examining the role of officials and organisations involved in trying to control crime.
It takes what is called an ‘interdisciplinary’ approach as it is influenced by contributions from Sociology, Psychology and Law. In common with these subjects you must be prepared to read and be open-minded. This subject also takes an applied approach so that assessments involve examining criminal case studies.
The subject is useful for anyone considering a career working in the criminal justice system.