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Criminology Summer Course in Oxford Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme


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.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Criminology course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019

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.

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.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.

The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

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.

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons

The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page

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