23rd August 2021

The School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is delighted to announce that it will be offering a new Master’s degree in Criminology and Social Policy commencing in January 2022, which will provide extensive opportunities for engaging with research into criminalisation and its harmful consequences in national and global criminal justice systems. The course has been designed by a dedicated team of academics working in the Criminology and Criminal and Social Justice Cluster at the School.

Strathclyde University is a full partner in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR).

Details of the research cluster can be found here: https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/subjects/socialworksocialpolicy/criminalsocialjustice/

The course has grown from collaborative and collective thinking amongst staff and students in the Criminal and Social Justice Research Cluster on creating and embedding pathways to social justice in the criminal justice sector. While justice, and its implementation, are among the most fundamental concepts underpinning any society, the impact of crime and criminal justice is felt across society as a whole. It is not, therefore, confined solely to those who are victims of crime, nor to those who commit those crimes. It is this interface between criminal justice and social justice that is at the heart of this new Masters course. The course offers critical insight and understanding not only in these areas but also in a wider political, economic and social context. Practical social science research methods will be taught, alongside key issues, theories and debates in criminology, social and penal policy and practice. The course is being designed and delivered by an experienced, award winning and globally-recognised Criminal and Social Justice team, and expands the repertoire of critical, scholarly, policy and public engagement in their cluster at the School of Social Work and Social Policy. It reflects the research and teaching by a community of students and staff who are inspired by, and committed to, a criminological focus that aims to decentre criminal justice and refocus the lens towards social justice.

For further enquiries, please contact the Course Director, Professor Laura Piacentini (laura.piacentini@strath.ac.uk)