An introduction to crime and criminology
An introduction to crime and criminology

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

An introduction to crime and criminology

3.2 What do criminologists do?

In Video 2, OU criminologist, Professor Steve Tombs, talks about the Grenfell Tower fire which happened in Kensington London on 14 June 2017.

Video 2 Grenfell: the avoidable tragedy
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

Tombs is an internationally recognised expert in the field of health and safety. At first, the issues of ‘health and safety’ might not strike you as being relevant to criminology. However, researchers in criminology explore a wide range of different subject areas associated with not just conventional crime and criminal justice, but also ‘social harm’ and different forms of justice.

Some of the topic areas criminologists concern themselves with, which you might not have thought about, include:

  • eco-crime or what is known as ‘green criminology’
  • human trafficking
  • deaths in custody
  • prison studies and prison abolitionism
  • immigration detention
  • social housing and homelessness
  • expressions of crime and ‘the criminal’ in popular culture.

In the next section you will explore some of the areas in which some of the criminologists who work at The Open University specialise in.

DD105_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371