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Study Criminology to gain an understanding of the key terms in Criminology, then tackle the central questions behind what makes an act or action a crime. You will explore the interaction between real-world issues and psychological research, and learn about Criminology from a range of perspectives.

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Course Summary

This two-week course will explore some of the central questions behind what makes an act or action a crime. It will help students develop an understanding of the psychology behind the crime, whilst seeking to find explanations for human conflicts and interaction, and how these lead to crime and victimisation. Students will gain knowledge of criminological theories and the criminal justice policy and processes. This will empower students to question, develop their own beliefs and understand the concepts of crime and harm. The course will then enable students to examine the social conditions in which crime occurs, the types of conflict that occur when people interact, and the level of tolerance in society, as well as the factors that determine this tolerance.

Students will then be introduced to the most common and effective therapeutic approaches for working with offenders and victims of crime. Mental health treatments will be explored, discussing how these have developed over time, and also examining therapeutic and forensic aspects around other criminal acts. The roles played by race, gender and social class will be explored, in terms of how people are perceived and treated by mental health and criminal justice services.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Criminology Summer Course?

By the end of this Criminology course you will have gained knowledge relevant to careers in the criminal justice system and other organisations concerned with crime and social justice. You will have also gained a critical understanding of criminology and social, clinical, counselling and forensic psychology, as well as the skills required to access, interpret and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources, and conduct basic forensic tests. Throughout the two weeks, you will have also developed your skills to present information and arguments in response to academic and applied questions.


No specific experience or skills are expected of students wishing to participate in this course, although a strong command of the English language is vital. We ask students to bring a laptop with them. If any additional course-specific equipment or software is needed, you will be notified in advance.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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Criminology is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

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