What is Criminology?
Many people think that criminology is about criminal profiling - a weird mash-up of C.S.I. type forensic sciences and detective-esque research. In this talk Vickie Cooper will debunk these myths and briefly explain how many of the key concepts in criminology stem from philosophy, sociology, urban sociology, cultural studies, political sciences, social policy and also psychology. This will talk will highlight some of the key concerns facing criminology, including social welfare, inequality, punishment, criminal justice system, criminalisation, policing and crimes of the powerful. This discussion will also highlight the ways in which students can carry their education forward, after leaving University.