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.

Presentation time: 
Saturday, 26 September, 2015 - 12:30
Presenter(s): 

Vickie Cooper

Vickie Cooper

Vickie Cooper joined the Open University in 2015 as a Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology. She is the Module Chair for Welfare, Crime and Society (DD208) and Module Chair for our forthcoming postgraduate module, Global Crimes and Harm (D831). She is the co-director of the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR), which is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research centre concerned with developing and supporting research projects and papers that think critically about problems of crime and justice.