The Department of Applied Social Studies offers a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment that puts itself at the forefront of the study of a range of contemporary social issues such as creativity, identity, investigation and insecurity. Our dynamic staff are leading innovative undergraduate programmes; their wealth of experience in teaching, research and practice helps our students address many questions that are crucial to understanding the rapidly changing world in the twenty-first century.
The department is the home to an exciting, popular range of undergraduate programmes in Criminology, Forensic Studies and Sociology. These courses draw on the expertise of the department’s own staff as well as others from across the university and beyond. They produce informed, engaged, critical graduates who are experts in their own field but who are able to look beyond the boundaries of their own disciplines to find the solutions to problems.
Our staff bring together high-level research interests and teaching expertise from a range of disciplinary perspectives. All of the department's staff are actively engaged in research, knowledge exchange and in the production of new knowledge that feeds directly into our undergraduate programmes. The department has strong external links on a variety of scales, from the regional to the global. Although wide-ranging in scope, the department has research specialisms in youth, gender and migration and the ways in which these intersect with culture, crime and creativity.
Crime and Justice Research Centre
The department also hosts the Crime and Justice Research Centre, which developed directly out of the success of the Criminology undergraduate programme and its participation in the Innocence Network UK (INUK). The Centre is the focus for academics across the University who are actively involved in a wide variety of research into crime-related areas and acts as a link with practitioners nationally who are engaged in issues of crime and justice. To find out more about the Crime and Justice Research Centre, contact Dr Alan Grattan.
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