Criminology is a multidisciplinary field in the social sciences, drawing especially upon the research of sociologists, but with important contributions from the fields of psychology, social work, law and human rights. Our programme seeks to promote a critical and comparative understanding of crime and social deviance, how the criminal justice system operates, and the impact on different social groups and communities.
We will equip you with the conceptual and methodological tools, analytical and presentational skills, and a criminological imagination to take out into the world, and change it for the better. The programme is also helpful if you are seeking a career in the criminal justice system, or if you have a general interest in crime, social harms and justice.
Overall, our programme aims to:
- provide you with a multidisciplinary framework for understanding crime and its control;
- enhance your critical understanding of crime and social order by exposing you to historical and cross-cultural analyses of the subject; and
- encourage you to appreciate and care about the causes, solutions and harms related to the problem of crime and justice locally and globally.
General applications enquiry
Ms Wu, Tina P S
Tel: +852 3917 2050 / +852 3917 4320
The Criminology major allowed me to learn about crime from a different angle, and challenged my conventional understanding of everyday life.— Cherry Cheng, 2nd year Criminology
The major in criminology is an incredibly comprehensive programme, which gives you a deeper understanding of what's happening in the world.— Amy Lai, Alumna of Criminology
SOCI2056 (1st semester)
Criminal justice: Policy and practice
SOCI3042 (2nd semester)
Qualitative research methods
SOCI3069 (2nd semester)
Crime and the city
SOCI2011 (Unavailable this year)
Gender and crime
SOCI2041 (1st semester)
SOCI2047 (Unavailable this year)
Sociology of punishment
SOCI2054 (1st semester)
Triads and organized crime
SOCI2060 (2nd semester)
Fraud, corruption and computer crime
SOCI2067 (1st semester)
Crime and the media
SOCI3033 (Full-year course)
SOCI3094 (2nd semester)
Youth crime in the global city
SOCI2078 (2nd semester)
Drug control in comparative perspective
SOCI3095 (Unavailable this year)
Public Sociology (full year course)
SOCI3082 (Unavailable this year)
Social and cultural studies internship
Final year (compulsory)
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Courses shown above are for illustration only, assuming major study mode. Actual course requirements vary depending on year of admission, home faculty and major/minor programme selected. Please check the relevant regulations for BSocSc students (or your own faculty) for definitive information on course eligibility.
- BSocSc students typically declare their major at the end of their first year of study.
- Students from other faculties should consult their own faculty for information on when to declare a major/minor.
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