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Crime, Harm and the State

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00
Christodoulou Meeting Room 11, Open University, MK7 6AA

Crime, Harm and the State

We are writing to invite you to let you know about a one-day workshop on Crime, Harm and the State. This will take place at the Open University, Milton Keynes, on Thursday 5th July.

By way of context, the Department of Social Policy & Criminology at the OU will, from August 2018, begin production of our 60-credit level 3 module DD311, Crime, Harm and the State. The aim of this module is to encourage our students to consider what it means to think ‘beyond criminology’ – the possibilities, prospects and pitfalls. It will explore the inter-relationships between crime, harm and the state by examining a range of topics that question how crime and harm are defined, who holds the power to define, and how some aspects of social life are regulated, controlled and policed – while others are not.

The day is organised around a series of workshops.

10.15-10.30    Welcome and Introductions

10.30-12.00    Workshop 1. Crime and Harm: what do we know?

1.00-2.30        Workshop 2. Crime and Harm: new directions 

3.00-4.30        Workshop 3. Crime and Harm: what about the state?

4.30-4.45        Close and next steps

Each workshop will consist of four short introduction of 5 minutes respectively by each of 4 panel members. This will then be followed by an open discussion.

Convenors: Steve Tombs, and Lynne.Copson <>