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For more detailed information about our work in this area, see also the dedicated Centre for Criminology website

This theme contains two subjects, namely: Criminology and Criminology and Criminal Justice


Criminology

Forthcoming Subject Events


June 2015

Police and Policing Research Discussion Group seminar
Learning from Testing: the lessons from Operation Turning Point:
Speaker: Peter Neyroud
Centre for Criminology Centre Meeting Room at 12:00

News

Attention Oxford Criminology Alumni!

Oxford Criminology will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016 […]

The Criminal Case Review Commission's response to wrongfully convicted asylum seekers

Dr Mai Sato, a Research Officer from the Centre for Criminology, has been awarded a grant from the Fell Fund in order to continue her work as an early career researcher into the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) reviews possible miscarriages of justice […]

Mounted police units 'boost public trust'

Researchers have measured the value of mounted police units in the UK […]

Inside Immigration Detention

In September 2014 Mary Bosworth published the first national study of life in Britain’s immigration removal centres (IRCs) […]

Dr Mai Sato - Young Criminologist Award

Dr Mai Sato was awarded the Young Criminologist Award 2014 for her book "The Death Penalty in Japan: Will the Public Tolerate Abolition?" The Award ceremony took place on 18 October 2014 at the 41st Japanese Association of Sociological Criminology Conference in Kyoto […]

The Death Penalty in China - the road to reform

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The Death Penalty in China - the road to reform

Research by Oxford academics, Professor Roger Hood and Professor Carolyn Hoyle, has influenced worldwide reform of the death penalty […]

Making and Breaking Barriers - assessing the value of mounted police units in the UK

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Making and Breaking Barriers - assessing the value of mounted police units in the UK

Research work by Ben Bradford is the subject of a new impact case study, one of a series of impact stories on the Oxford University impact pages and on the new Oxford Law Faculty Public Engagement and Research Impacts webpage, where you can read about just a few examples of the wide-reaching impact of research conducted in the Law Faculty and its Research Centres […]

Shaping the Policy of Elected Police and Crime Commissioners

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Shaping the Policy of Elected Police and Crime Commissioners

Research by Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology, has played an important part in shaping debate about the role and future of elected Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales […]

Discussion Groups

These self-sustaining groups are an essential part of the life of our graduate school. They are organised in some cases by graduate students and in others by Faculty members and meet regularly during term, typically over a sandwich lunch, when one of the group presents work in progress or introduces a discussion of a particular issue or new case. They may also encompass guest speakers from the faculty and beyond.

Criminology Discussion Group

Publications

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2015

H Annison, B Bradford and E Grant, 'Theorizing the role of ‘the brand’ in criminal justice: The case of Integrated Offender Management' (2015) Criminology and Criminal Justice (forthcoming) [...]

DOI: 10.1177/1748895815572164

The rise of branded programmes and interventions is an important, but largely under-explored, development in criminal justice. This article draws on findings from a study of a British Integrated Offender Management (IOM) scheme to ground a broader theoretical discussion of the meaning and implications of the increasing centrality of such ‘brands’. This article focuses primarily upon the ways in which criminal justice practitioners might draw upon brands in order to (re-)construct their professional identities. Ongoing fundamental reforms of criminal justice organizations, which have tended to blur the traditionally clear distinctions between professional roles, have made this need to reinforce (and indeed reconstruct) practitioner identities ever more pressing. The article closes by considering the prospects and limitations of criminal justice brands. It is argued that while brands may play an important role in ‘ethically orienting’ relevant practitioners, there is a danger that the absence of appropriate structural underpinnings may prove to be highly counter-productive.


B Bradford and A Myhill, 'Triggers of change to public confidence in the police and criminal justice system: Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales panel experiment' (2015) 15 Criminology and Criminal Justice 23 [...]

DOI: 10.1177/1748895814521825

Accounts of public ‘trust and confidence’ in criminal justice agencies often fall into one of two camps. Instrumental accounts suggest that people trust police and the criminal justice system (CJS) when they believe them to be effective in fighting crime and reducing offending. Expressive or affective accounts, by contrast, suggest people place as much or more emphasis on the social meaning of justice institutions as on their instrumental activities. In this article we add to recent studies that have sought to weigh up the balance between instrumental and expressive factors. Using data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales panel experiment, we present evidence that trust in police and the wider CJS is implicated in public concerns about the nature of local order and cohesion. The expressive account appears to offer a better understanding of why people may grant trust to, or withdraw trust from, the police and the CJS.


2014

R Condry and Caroline Miles, 'Adolescent to Parent Violence: Framing and Mapping a Hidden Problem' (2014) 14 Criminology and Criminal Justice [...]

DOI: 10.1177/1748895813500155

Adolescent to parent violence is virtually absent from policing, youth justice and domestic violence policy, despite being widely recognized by practitioners in those fields. It is under-researched and rarely appears in criminological discussions of family or youth violence. This article presents the first UK analysis of cases of adolescent to parent violence reported to the police. We analyse victim, offender and incident characteristics from 1892 cases reported to the Metropolitan Police in 2009–2010, most of which involved violence against the person or criminal damage in the home. Our findings reveal that adolescent to parent violence is a gendered phenomenon: 87 per cent of suspects were male and 77 per cent of victims were female. We argue that the absence of adolescent to parent violence from criminological discourse must be addressed if criminology is to have a thorough understanding of family violence in all its forms.


I Loader and R Sparks, 'Beyond Mass Incarceration?' (2014) 23 The Good Society 114

M Bosworth, 'Citizenship and Belonging in a Women\'s Immigration Detention Centre' in C Phillips and C Webster (eds), New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime (Routledge 2014) (forthcoming)

Courses

The courses we offer in this field are:

Postgraduate

MSc

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Please visit the course pages on the Centre for Criminology's dedicated website.

Criminology and Criminal Justice (Research Methods)

Please visit the course pages on the Centre for Criminology's dedicated website.


People

Criminology teaching is organized by a Subject Group convened by:

Rachel Condry: Associate Professor of Criminology

in conjunction with:

Andrew Ashworth, QC: Emeritus Emeritus Vinerian Professor of English Law
Mary Bosworth: Professor of Criminology
Carolyn Hoyle: Professor of Criminology
Ian Loader: Professor of Criminology
Julian Roberts: Professor of Criminology
Lucia Zedner: Professor of Criminal Justice

Also working in this field, but not involved in its teaching programme:

Roger Hood: Retired. Formerly
Leila Ullrich: Research Officer
Federico Varese:

Graduate students working in this field:

Clara Feliciati: DPhil Law student
Arushi Garg: MPhil Law student
Alice Gerlach: DPhil Criminology student
George Mawhinney: DPhil Law student
Marion Vannier: DPhil Criminology student
Kate West: DPhil Criminology student

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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Forthcoming Subject Events


June 2015

Informal Seminar Series - knowledge exchange and impact
Beyond Custody
Speaker: Sarah Turnbull, Ines Hasselberg, Alpa Parmar, Centre for Criminology
Manor Road Social Sciences Building Centre Meeting Room at 15:00
Centre for Criminology
Centre for Criminology Research Showcase
Manor Road Social Sciences Building Lecture Theatre at 14:30
Annual Roger Hood Public Lecture
Prisons and the problem of trust: contrasting approaches to risk, radicalisation and personal growth in two high security prisons
Speaker: Professor Alison Liebling, University of Cambridge
Manor Road Social Sciences Building Lecture Theatre at 17:00
Informal Seminar Series - knowledge exchange and impact
Towards a better politics of crime
Speaker: Prof Ian Loader, Centre for Criminology
Manor Road Social Sciences Building Centre Meeting Room at 15:00

News

50th Anniversary Criminology Photo Competition

The Centre for Criminology is pleased to announce its 50th Anniversary Photo Competition […]

Part-time DPhil Criminology - Applications now open

Applications for the part-time DPhil Criminology are now being considered

The deadline for applications to this programme, for entry in 2015/16, is 1 June 2015 although later applications may be considered if places are available […]

The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective. Roger Hood and Carolyn Hoyle

The 5th edition of Hood & Hoyle's The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective was published on 8 January 2015, and launched in the House of Lords on 13 January at an event hosted by Baroness Vivien Stern and the All Party Parliamentary Group Against the Death Penalty […]

Annual Roger Hood Public Lecture - Friday 5th June 2015

Annual Roger Hood Public Lecture - Friday 5th June 2015

Prisons and the problem of trust: contrasting approaches to risk, radicalisation and personal growth in two high security prisons

Professor Alison Liebling, University of Cambridge

Friday 5 June, 2015, 5pm, Lecture Theatre, Manor Road building

This lecture describes a newly emerging form of imprisonment in high security prisons […]

Discussion Groups

These self-sustaining groups are an essential part of the life of our graduate school. They are organised in some cases by graduate students and in others by Faculty members and meet regularly during term, typically over a sandwich lunch, when one of the group presents work in progress or introduces a discussion of a particular issue or new case. They may also encompass guest speakers from the faculty and beyond.

Police and Policing Research Discussion Group

Publications

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2015

J Roberts (ed), Exploring Sentencing. Empirical and Normative Aspects of Legal Punishment in England and Wales. (Palgrave 2015) (forthcoming)

I Loader, 'Foreword: Towards what kind of Global Policing Studies?' in J Beek, M Gopfert, O Owen and J Steinberg (eds), Rethinking Policing in Africa (London: Hurst 2015)

M Bosworth and Turnbull, Sarah, 'Immigration Detention and the Expansion of Penal Power in the UK' in K. Reiter and A. Koenig. (eds), Extreme Punishment (Palgrave 2015)

M Bosworth, 'Immigration Detention, Ambivalence and the Colonial Other ' in Eriksson, Anna (eds), Punishing the Other (Routledge 2015)

M Bosworth, I Hasselberg and S Turnbull, 'Imprisonment in a Global Age: Rethinking Penal Power' in Y Jewkes, B Crewe and J Bennett (eds), Handbook of Prisons (Sage Publications 2015)

Courses

The courses we offer in this field are:

Undergraduate

FHS - Final Year (Phase III)

The degree is awarded on the basis of nine final examinations at the end of the three-year course (or four years in the case of Law with Law Studies in Europe) and (for students who began the course in October 2011 or later) an essay in Jurisprudence written over the summer vacation at the end of the second year. Note: the Jurisprudence exam at the end of the third year is correspondingly shorter. This phase of the Final Honour School includes the first and second term of the final year; the Final Examinations are taken in the third term of the final year.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Why are criminal laws made? Why are they broken? How do we, and how should we, react to the breaking of criminal laws? These three questions are the stuff of criminology. They also occupy a central and controversial place in public and political debates about the condition and future of contemporary liberal democratic societies. This course provides students with the chance to study them in depth.
Criminology and Criminal Justice offers students an opportunity to study crime and the ways in which it is dealt with by the criminal justice system. It enables students to explore the nature of crime and its control by examining the issues at stake using the resources of legal, penal and social theory. It also offers students the chance to think about crime as a social phenomenon and to explore using criminological research and analysis how criminal justice and penal systems operate in practice.

The course is structured as follows: 18 lectures as well four classes and tutorials

Lectures, classes and tutorials are provided by several academics from the Law Faculty who are also members of the Centre for Criminology.

More information about the Centre for Criminology, including the All Souls Criminology Seminar Series, can be found on the Centre's website.

Diploma in Legal Studies

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Why are criminal laws made? Why are they broken? How do we, and how should we, react to the breaking of criminal laws? These three questions are the stuff of criminology. They also occupy a central and controversial place in public and political debates about the condition and future of contemporary liberal democratic societies. This course provides students with the chance to study them in depth.
Criminology and Criminal Justice offers students an opportunity to study crime and the ways in which it is dealt with by the criminal justice system. It enables students to explore the nature of crime and its control by examining the issues at stake using the resources of legal, penal and social theory. It also offers students the chance to think about crime as a social phenomenon and to explore using criminological research and analysis how criminal justice and penal systems operate in practice.

The course is structured as follows: 18 lectures as well four classes and tutorials

Lectures, classes and tutorials are provided by several academics from the Law Faculty who are also members of the Centre for Criminology.

More information about the Centre for Criminology, including the All Souls Criminology Seminar Series, can be found on the Centre's website.

Postgraduate

BCL

Our taught postgraduate programme, designed to serve outstanding law students from common-law backgrounds

Punishment, Security and the State

The proposed course aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the theoretical underpinnings, justifications, and contemporary practices of punishment and security. The subject is approached from criminological, socio-legal, philosophical, and historical perspectives. The course explores the role of the state in the exercise of its most coercive functions against individual citizens – whether punishing those found guilty of criminal wrongdoing or taking security measures against those deemed to pose a risk to the safety of the public and the nation.

In Michaelmas Term it will focus on ‘why we punish’ by examining major debates in penal theory concerning the justification and rationale for punishment (not least desert theory and its critics, communicative and consequentialist theories). The second half of the term will consider ‘how we punish’ by exploring diverse social, economic and political aspects of punishment and examining whether it is possible to do justice to difference.

In Hilary Term the focus will shift from punishment to the pursuit of security and critically examine what is meant by security (whether, for example, as pursuit, commodity, or public good). Successive seminars will consider whether the growth of markets in private security and the development of communal and personal security provision evidence the fragmentation or dispersal of state power. They will go on to examine exercises in state sovereignty in the name of risk management, counterterrorism, and migration and border control. These reassertions of state power permit significant intrusions into individual freedom and the deployment of exceptional measures and the course will address important questions about the limits of legality and the balancing of liberty and security.

In Trinity Term two final seminars will provide an opportunity for critical reflection and engagement with issues raised throughout the course. The first will examine the case for ‘civilizing security’ and consider how security should be pursued, distributed, and governed and by whom; the second returns to the question of punishment to explore the notion of penal excess and the case for penal moderation.

The course will be taught by 12 seminars and 4 tutorials spread across Michaelmas and Hilary Terms (six seminars and two tutorials in each) with 2 further summative seminars in Trinity providing an opportunity for critical reflection on the whole course. The standard exam for the BCL (ie, 3 hour closed book) will be set.

The focus of teaching will be the weekly seminar which all those taking the course are required to attend. Students will be expected to read and think about the assigned materials in advance of the seminar. The seminar will be introduced by a Faculty member, followed by discussion, usually based around a set of questions distributed in advance. In addition the Centre for Criminology organizes seminars during the academic year at which distinguished invited speakers discuss current research or major issues of policy. This programme is advertised on the Centre's website and all students are encouraged to attend.

MJur

Our taught postgraduate programme, designed to serve outstanding law students from civil law backgrounds.

Punishment, Security and the State

The proposed course aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the theoretical underpinnings, justifications, and contemporary practices of punishment and security. The subject is approached from criminological, socio-legal, philosophical, and historical perspectives. The course explores the role of the state in the exercise of its most coercive functions against individual citizens – whether punishing those found guilty of criminal wrongdoing or taking security measures against those deemed to pose a risk to the safety of the public and the nation.

In Michaelmas Term it will focus on ‘why we punish’ by examining major debates in penal theory concerning the justification and rationale for punishment (not least desert theory and its critics, communicative and consequentialist theories). The second half of the term will consider ‘how we punish’ by exploring diverse social, economic and political aspects of punishment and examining whether it is possible to do justice to difference.

In Hilary Term the focus will shift from punishment to the pursuit of security and critically examine what is meant by security (whether, for example, as pursuit, commodity, or public good). Successive seminars will consider whether the growth of markets in private security and the development of communal and personal security provision evidence the fragmentation or dispersal of state power. They will go on to examine exercises in state sovereignty in the name of risk management, counterterrorism, and migration and border control. These reassertions of state power permit significant intrusions into individual freedom and the deployment of exceptional measures and the course will address important questions about the limits of legality and the balancing of liberty and security.

In Trinity Term two final seminars will provide an opportunity for critical reflection and engagement with issues raised throughout the course. The first will examine the case for ‘civilizing security’ and consider how security should be pursued, distributed, and governed and by whom; the second returns to the question of punishment to explore the notion of penal excess and the case for penal moderation.

The course will be taught by 12 seminars and 4 tutorials spread across Michaelmas and Hilary Terms (six seminars and two tutorials in each) with 2 further summative seminars in Trinity providing an opportunity for critical reflection on the whole course. The standard exam for the BCL (ie, 3 hour closed book) will be set.

The focus of teaching will be the weekly seminar which all those taking the course are required to attend. Students will be expected to read and think about the assigned materials in advance of the seminar. The seminar will be introduced by a Faculty member, followed by discussion, usually based around a set of questions distributed in advance. In addition the Centre for Criminology organizes seminars during the academic year at which distinguished invited speakers discuss current research or major issues of policy. This programme is advertised on the Centre's website and all students are encouraged to attend.


People

Criminology and Criminal Justice teaching is organized by a Subject Group convened by:

Julian Roberts: Professor of Criminology

in conjunction with:

Andrew Ashworth, QC: Emeritus Emeritus Vinerian Professor of English Law
Mary Bosworth: Professor of Criminology
Rachel Condry: Associate Professor of Criminology
Carolyn Hoyle: Professor of Criminology
Liora Lazarus: Associate Professor of Law
Ian Loader: Professor of Criminology
Natasha Simonsen: Lecturer in Law, New College
Lucia Zedner: Professor of Criminal Justice

assisted by:

George Mawhinney: DPhil Law student

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