Towards a Pedagogy of Public Criminology

Claire Hamilton

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In light of recent debates on ‘public criminology’, this paper chooses to focus on teaching as a way of reaching more publics. The various characteristics of a more public and engaged discipline are discussed and applied specifically to the teaching of criminology, including the relative merits and demerits of reorienting teaching in this way. Following on from this discussion, the paper proceeds to outline some practical ways in which this vision can be realised. Given the many affinities betweenthe Burawoyan concept of public ‘-ologies’ and the scholarship of learning and teaching, an argument is advanced for teaching as one of the first steps towards the practice of a more public criminology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-31
Number of pages12
JournalEnhancing Learning in the Social Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • public criminology, pedagogy, practice implications


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