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Drugs, Crime and Culture


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This short course, Drugs, Crime and Culture, provides you with a solid grounding in the key policy and research issues relating to illicit drug use, crime and justice.

Illicit drug use and its implications for crime and criminal justice have become central issues for criminal justice and criminology over the last 15 years. Laws and their enforcement intend to limit the damage done to drug users and others but have created harms and hazards of their own. Globally, drug trafficking is considered to be one of the most profitable sectors of transnational criminality. With it have come new forms of crime problems and new responses to these problems, while the mass use of cannabis, cocaine and dance drugs has increased the debate about the laws governing drug use and possession. 

This course is ideal if you have a professional or personal interest in the field of criminology. You will also find it of particular interest if you wish to enhance your career through Continuing Professional Development in this area. 

This short course is assessed by a 4000-word essay.

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.