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Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies in Criminology and Social Work
Bowland North, Lancaster University,
LA1 4YN, UK
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Research in the Department of Applied Social Science
The Department has an established reputation for research of the highest quality. 95% of the department's research has been rated as being of international standing in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The Department provides both staff and research students with a collegial and supportive environment for a wide range of research activity, that covers both theoretically innovative work (for example, on processes of global change) and applied, policy-oriented work with a focus on informing practice (for example, on the effectiveness of interventions with persistent juvenile offenders).
The collegial, co-operative approach to research which characterises the Department means that we work across disciplinary boundaries and topic areas, but the research interests of staff can be divided into five broad areas:
In all areas, staff have written books, articles in scholarly journals, book chapters, and research reports and articles for professional audiences.
In the critical analysis of social welfare and health policy, members of the Department have researched and published on such themes as globalisation, governance, the nature of welfare states, social security, social exclusion and deprivation, feminist theory, gambling, racism, and research methodology.
In the area of crime and criminal justice the Department has expertise in a wide range of topics, including drug use, the night-time economy, cybercrime, criminal careers, homicide, racist violence, media representations of crime, socially excluded young people, youth justice, policing, and community penalties.
In the areas of disability and child care, recent and current work by members of the Department includes research on wheelchair use, citizenship, family violence, child witnesses and child protections systems.
Recent and current research projects have been funded by the ESRC, the European Union, the NHS, the Home Office, the Scottish Executive, the National Probation Service, the Youth Justice Board, the British Academy, and a wide a range of national charities and local and regional public bodies.
Postgraduate students as well as staff benefit from being in an intellectually stimulating environment in which ideas are daily exchanged and new research possibilities explored. The Department has a good record of supervising students to successful completion of doctoral theses, and has '+3' recognition from the ESRC for postgraduate studentships. The wider context is also important: staff and students of the Department benefit from being located in a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that is widely recognised as perhaps the best in the country.
The Department's record of achievement in research justifies the claim that this is a setting where research and scholarship of the highest quality is enabled to flourish.
The Applied Social Science Unit for Research & Evaluation (ASSURE) was established to serve cross-disciplinary research needs as well as provide public and third sector evaluation services.
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