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What is the difference between studying criminology and criminal justice at university??
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What is the difference between studying criminology and criminal justice at university??
I would suspect not much at all. The best way is to compare the syllabus for each and note the differences.
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I agree with the above, check out the syllabus. I would guess criminal justice would have a law feel to it, linking in to crime and punishment. Criminology is a segment of sociology and will look more at the internal challenges such as why commit crime and as a society how we manage and influence it. If the syllabus is unclear or unavailable then I would suggest an open day and discuss it with the available lecturers. Good luck choosing. X


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What is the difference between studying criminology and criminal justice at university??
Hi,

I'm just about to commence my MSc in Criminal Justice and Criminology. The two are different, but do interlink. It is likely that whichever you choose, they will share content from the other.

Criminology is the study of crime, looking at why people commit crime and how society responds. Criminology is all about asking questions and obtaining information with the aim of proposing how crime can be prevented in the future. There is a lot of analysing information and researching that criminologists undertake.

Criminal Justice is concentrated more on systems associated with crime, for instance, police, courts, probation, etc and often covers the powers and limitations of these agencies. Law makes up a big proportion of study on a Criminal Justice programme.

I hope this helps.
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