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Introduction to Criminology

What is Criminology?

“Criminology is the study of crime and social responses to crime. It aims to develop a body of knowledge about behaviours, processes, and institutions related to crime. Criminology critically examines relations of power by exploring how patterns of structural inequality influence who and what are labelled criminal and with what consequences; it informs decisions ranging from the processes of making laws, reintegrating offenders, and building communities, to developing sound policies and critically engaging with information about crime and punishment.” (UA Faculty of Arts, Criminology)