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Crime & Justice

This masters degree explores new perspectives and ways of thinking about crime, harm and justice. It is concerned with examining problematic areas of social life, transgression, ‘crime’, social harm and justice in an increasingly global world. You will consider the significance of power, social structure, and economic and social inequalities in understanding ‘crime’, processes of criminalisation, and ideas about justice.

The qualification will enhance your ability to construct clear, logical and theoretically informed arguments about problems of criminological interest. The skills you will develop include the ability to think differently about problems of crime, social harm and the delivery of justice. You will also hone your skills in identifying, assessing and authoritatively debating and presenting arguments and evidence.

Key features of the course
•Develops your expertise and authoritative command of topics and problems related to the investigation, exploration and contested terrain of crime, and social harm
•Extends skills and insights concerned with the criminal justice system, victim protection and support, civil liberties, human rights, security, safety and social justice
•Ideal preparation for work where analytical, nuanced and careful decision making is required, and where independence and initiative are valued.

Please note that this masters degree is not accredited by The British Psychological Society.

Entry requirements

You must hold a UK honours degree or equivalent to be accepted for the MA in Crime and Justice. Your first degree need not be in criminology, but you must have the skills expected of a social sciences graduate.

All students will begin with the postgraduate module, Principles in social and psychological inquiry (DD801). This module will help equip you with the requisite skills needed to undertake postgraduate-level study, but it does not offer remedial training for those who have an unsuitable bachelors degree or inadequate experience. You must be able to:
•write accurately, clearly and concisely
•read large quantities of text quickly, accurately and critically
•classify evidence precisely and assess its value and reliability
•argue logically and consistently
•marshal evidence to support a logical argument.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details. If you’re not sure whether your English skills are good enough, there is some help and guidance at our Skills for OU Study website.

This qualification has a required study order, so there is only one pathway. This provides you with the opportunity to study with a cohort of peers throughout, while modules and assessment build on one another systematically.

Duration

2 - 10 years. You will be able to complete this masters qualification within two years (completion is required within a maximum of 10 years).

Number of credits

180 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
This qualification offers knowledge that is relevant for a range of professions and careers concerned with the care of people caught up in the criminal justice system, victim protection and support, civil liberties, human rights, security, safety and social justice. The skills developed will be recognised by employers in all fields who value people who can communicate clearly; analyse complex information; and show initiative in formulating and critically considering and investigating questions of their own and devising innovative solutions.

You will develop skills to prepare you for work in a variety of organisations and sectors concerned with protection, safety, and harm prevention, as well as those where analytical, nuanced and careful decision making are required, and where independence and initiative are valued. This qualification will also provide you with the academic skills to further develop theoretical and empirical understandings of issues related to crime, social harm and justice.

Please note that this qualification is not suitable for students wishing to progress to PhD level study in criminology or allied disciplines.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also look at our OU study and your career pages to find out about potential career opportunities related to OU subject areas.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

This 180-credit qualification comprises one standard and one long module. This weighting is reflected in the fees, the time expected to complete and the credits.

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:
Compulsory modules
Credits Next start
Principles of social and psychological inquiry (DD801) 60 07 Oct 2017
Crime and global justice (DD804) planned for October 2018

Using real world examples, this module provides innovative insights into the complex interplay between local and global dimensions of crime, harm and justice. 120 Oct 2018

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

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On completion
On successful completion of the required modules for the qualification you can be awarded an MA in Crime and Justice. You will be entitled you to use the letters MA (CJ) (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

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