2nd Edition

Criminology and Criminal Justice
A Study Guide

ISBN 9781138233126
Published April 20, 2018 by Routledge
342 Pages

USD $42.95

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Book Description

A broad and comprehensive guide to the study of criminology and criminal justice at undergraduate level, this book is essential reading for new students. Assuming no prior knowledge, it offers an essential overview to key themes and issues, brings together theory with practice, and provides useful hints and suggestions for developing the skills required to see you on your way throughout your degree.

Features of the book include:

  • A detailed discussion of the study of criminology and criminal justice in Higher Education,
  • An overview of theories of crime and deviance,
  • A discussion as to why and how we punish offenders,
  • An exploration of the criminal justice system in England and Wales,
  • A guide to criminological research and the methods and concepts involved,
  • Examples of original sources in criminology, including key websites,
  • Tips and advice on skills in criminology and criminal justice, including referencing and the presentation of written work,
  • A full glossary of key terms.

The new edition has been fully revised and updated and includes a new chapter on theories and explanations of punishment. Each chapter includes a series of ‘Taking It Further’ exercises to encourage well-developed essays and critical thinking. They culminate in a final chapter offering guidelines as to how these exercises might be answered. This book is indispensable for the criminology undergraduate and a benchmark for academic success.

Table of Contents


1. The causes and prevention of crime and deviancy 

2. Why and how offenders are punished 

3. The criminal justice process – an overview 

4. How to conduct criminological research 

5. Criminology sources 

6. The presentation of written work 

7. Studying criminology in higher education 

8. Taking it further exercises 

Key terms in criminology and criminal justice policy 


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Peter Joyce is currently Visiting Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social and Life Sciences at the University of Glyndŵr, Wales. He has published widely in the areas of politics and criminology and recent works include the third edition of Criminal Justice: An Introduction (Routledge, 2016) and The Policing of Protest, Disorder and International Terrorism in the UK since 1945 (Palgrave, 2017).


"Peter Joyce has produced an excellent transition text for those either commencing or intending to study criminology at degree level that maintains academic integrity yet is accessible. Furthermore, Joyce helps to alleviate some of the concerns students may have regarding studying at university by exploring key skills that will be developed during their studies."

- Stuart Agnew, Associate Professor in the School of Law and Social Sciences, University of Suffolk

"This new edition of Criminology and Criminal Justice: A Study Guide is essential reading for all undergraduate students studying within the social science field. It is to be recommended to all students as the invaluable source which will see them throughout their studies. The text successfully informs students of a theoretical understanding to crime and deviancy while also providing practical guidance to undertaking criminological research. I will be highly recommending this book."

- Dr Sarah Dubberley, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Wrexham Glyndwr University

"This is a key resource for undergraduate students who are new to studying criminology. It covers core areas of the curriculum in an accessible and informative way. Students can get to grips with the terminology of the discipline, test their knowledge and skills with practice examples, and learn interesting facts and theories about crime, punishment and research!"

- Dr Nicola Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Criminology, University of Sunderland

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