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Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals

Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Nov 2014
Enabling the police to identify who is using a digital device at any time won't catch up with the more advanced criminals, writes Andrew Smith....

An Italian dissident

An Italian dissident Creative commons image Credit: static461 under CC-BY-NC licence [Warning: Image page contains swearing]
Introductory level Updated 05 Feb 2013
We look at why Roberto Saviano's book Gomorrah - an expose of the mafia in Napoli - is so ground-breaking 

Are the police corrupt?

Are the police corrupt? Creative commons image Credit: By Hugovk via Flickr under Creative Commons Licence
Introductory level Updated 22 Jan 2013
What moral lines are police officers willing to cross? A recent survey by Dr Louise Westmarland explores just this question

Does society get the police it deserves?

Does society get the police it deserves? Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 11 Jan 2012
Dick Skellington reports how freedom of information legislation revealed two worrying sets of statistics.

Final justice for Stephen

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Final justice for Stephen Creative commons image Credit: By rwdownes via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Jan 2012
With justice finally being brought in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial, we've gathered some links to explore the meaning of crime and justice

A crime against their gender: How the world sees women who kill

A crime against their gender: How the world sees women who kill Creative commons image Credit: &y under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Jun 2011
Does the perception of women who kill as acting against the typical behaviour of their gender mean we try to find reasons why they're not 'proper'...

Doing prison: Experiences of women in the UK prison system

Doing prison: Experiences of women in the UK prison system Creative commons image Credit: Girlsbehindbarsexhibition under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jun 2011
Does prison work for women inmates? Abigail Rowe spent time exploring the experiences of female prisoners to find out.

Behind bars and far from home: Experiences of Russian young offenders

Behind bars and far from home: Experiences of Russian young offenders Creative commons image Credit: Oxana Maher under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 May 2011
Sometimes thousands of miles from home - if they have a home - and frightened. What is life really like for Russian young offenders, and how do...

Catholic police in Northern Ireland

Catholic police in Northern Ireland Copyrighted image Credit: Henry Clark under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Apr 2011
Following the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr, Laurie Taylor spoke to Mary Gethins about the integration of Catholic officers into the Northern...

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Welfare, crime and society

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Welfare, crime and society Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 14 Dec 2009
If you feel that you are being watched, it may well be that you are. Surveillance is an ever growing feature of 21st century life in countries...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? What can be done to tackle the breakdown...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps inform...

BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology

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BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If anti-social behaviour is associated with family and community...