Criminology and Criminal Justice




Criminology and Criminal Justice was officially launched at the St. Augustine Campus on February 24, 1997, as a project under the directorship of Professor Ramesh Deosaran who is now Emeritus Professor. The programme is now co-ordinated by Dr. Randy Seepersad.

The aims and objectives of the Criminology programme include:

a) To provide a fuller and systematic understanding of the complex nature of crime and criminal behaviour, especially with regard to the causes and/or correlates of crime in the international and Caribbean context.

b) To provide conceptual and analytical skills for advancing theories of crime, reviewing public policy, and in so doing, helping remove existing misconceptions and myths over the causes and solutions to crime and delinquency.

c) To illustrate the theoretical and empirical connections between criminology and the social sciences, thus helping to construct criminology as a multidisciplinary  subject.

d) To bring to Criminology and Criminal Justice scholars and professionals in the protective services, educational and criminal justice system an appropriate body of knowledge and skills to improve their management and leadership capabilities in the area of crime reduction and prevention.

e) To understand the research methodology used in criminological research and so develop the analytical and operational skills of scholars in criminology and criminal justice and officers in the protective services and criminal justice system.

f) To provide students with theoretical and data-driven models for critical criminological thinking, crime reduction, crime management and crime prevention, and in so doing, provide skills to engage the various communities in crime

The Unit is committed to influence the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice through teaching, research and community service by:

  • offering  degrees at the B.Sc, M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels.
  • initiating collaborative research and educational projects that delve into a range of criminological issues in the country, the region and globally.
  • contributing to various consultancy and outreach activities where the Unit’s expertise could be offered to abate the crime situation.

The Unit also provides technical support, and a wide range of facilities for relevant research and teaching to undergraduate and graduate students, and academic staff at the St. Augustine Campus.

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