Research course

Social Policy and Social Justice

Open University · Department of Social Policy

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The focus upon work at the boundaries of social policy and social justice – encompassing a plethora of concerns with crime, criminalisation and social harm – both renews longstanding research concerns within The Open University as well as setting out an exciting new terrain upon which these might be developed. The research topic broadly coheres with the range of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), a multidisciplinary research initiative drawing on expertise from Arts and Social Sciences (notably social policy & criminology, history, psychology and sociology) and Health, Wellbeing and Social Care (youth justice). HERC unites contemporary practice-based research and critical policy analysis in crime, harm, policing, criminal justice and criminalisation, with an awareness of historical, psychological and social contexts, and rooted in a commitment to social justice.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 655150