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Blogs

Patriarchy Meets Neoliberalism: Tackling domestic abuse in the twenty-first century

Professor Liz Yardley explores why it's important that society starts to look at domestic abuse differently.

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Black Lives Matter Book Recommendations

A list of book recommendations for those looking to educate themselves on the societal issues facing Black people in th...

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June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month: is it needed?

School of Social Sciences associate professor Geraldine Lee-Treweek examines the history and relevance of June's  Gypsy...

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Best crime dramas on Netflix right now

Crime shows and documentaries have become a hugely popular genre in recent years, with shows like CSI, Breaking Bad and...

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Protecting ‘Safe Spaces’ or Rolling Back Trans Rights?

Dr Ben Colliver, a Criminology Lecturer at Birmingham City University, looks at legislation changes in the UK and US an...

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Societies at the School of Social Sciences

When you become a BCU student, you automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, giving you access to the wide...

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The Cold War of the Middle East

Senior Teaching Fellow Jonathan Jackson examines the similarities between the Cold War between America and the Soviet U...

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Student Support Services at BLSS

The Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences at Birmingham City University has a lot of support services on offer t...

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Lessons of the Past: Napoleon, Borodino and the Russian Campaign

In June 1812, one of the greatest military commanders of all time launched his most daring and risky invasion.

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Crime and Corona

Senior Teaching Fellow Jonathan Jackson discusses the impact the UK-wide lockdown due to coronavirus could have on crim...

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Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove: Police response to the Coronavirus

Jonathan Jackson, course leader for our BSc (Hons) Professional Policing course, discusses the global police response t...

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Dragons, Snakes and Covid-19: Old and new threats to our security

School of Social Sciences staff members Jonathan Jackson and Lily  Hamourtziadou look at global security threats in thi...

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HMP Grendon: A Student View on the Annual Debate

MA Criminology student Sally Browne gave her take on the annual students vs inmates debate at HMP Grendon.

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Out of Court Disposal Sessions

As a result of BCU’s active connections with West Midlands police, MA Criminology student Sally Browne has been able t...

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Glocalization, Bricolage and Black Metal: How a music-centric youth culture portrays global and glocal interests

Criminology lecturer Kevin Hoffin offers an insight into how Glocalization and Bricolage shape the Black Metal subcultu...

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An Alternative View of Peaky Blinders

A critical response to Jonathan Jackson's " By Order of the Peaky Blinders ", by Craig Kelly.

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By Order of the Peaky Blinders

Senior Teaching Fellow in Policing and Security studies, Jonathan Jackson explores what we can learn from one of BBC’s...

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Memorials and Remembrance

School of Social Sciences members Lily Hamourtziadou and Maram Abdulkader wrote the following blog after visiting the B...

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Taser Training - A Students Perspective

On October 10, MA Criminology student Sally Browne was given the opportunity to represent Birmingham City University a...

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University, Life, and My Borderline Personality Disorder

Professor Craig Jackson spoke to a psychology student who was prepared to explain what it is like for many students su...

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Mandalay Bay Mass Shooting - Two Years On

Tuesday 1st October marks two years since the Route 91 Harvest music festival mass shooting occurred in Las Vegas on Su...

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4 Reasons to Study Policing

Policing is one of the words oldest professions, and an occupation that changes country to country, town to town, and ...

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A Step Back: Trump’s Violent Environmental Policies

Despite being one of the greatest, if not the most significant threat that our planet faces, Trump's imprudent environ...

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Alcotraz - The hottest new place for wannabe inmates

Alcotraz is the latest quirky drinking location found at the heart of London’s iconic Brick Lane and below, a recent re...

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Micro and Macro harms of Neoliberalism through the lens of violent and structural crime

Day after day, the wider media issue reports on violent crimes, with a heavy focus on knife crime. 

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‘I didn’t realise it was already Halloween, freak”: Reflections of a Goth immersed in sociological deviance

Everyone has something they identify themselves with, it’s taught at the most basic level of sociology. 

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Winning Wars: The Myth of Technology

Technology has long played a part in the success and failure of military operations.

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Personal Sovereignty, or “He who makes a beast of himself…”

Much has been said recently about sovereignty; if the sloganeering chants that drove a majority of a population to vot...

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Myths and Small Margins: Lessons of Command from Operation Barbarossa

When society thinks of key moments in human history, we are often reminded of how so much can be decided by the smalle...

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Removing ‘No Outsiders’ school lessons is adding to LGBT people being targets for hate speech and violence

Ben Colliver argues there are ‘serious implications’ for children who are being denied access to the No Outsiders prog...

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Introducing the Desecuritising Higher Education Project at Birmingham City University

Looking into Prevent duty

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Four deadly planes and their legacy: Iraq 16 years after the invasion

Dr Lily Hamourtziadou and  Edwin Knapp look at the legacy of the Iraq war, 16 years after it started.

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What careers can you get into with a postgraduate psychology degree?

Psychology is an area of study that can open up many career doors for those graduating from postgraduate degrees.

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How YOU can get into psychology and criminology

Have you ever wondered how to switch disciplines at University? 

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The Dark ‘Flâneur’: Re-theorising Serial Murder through the Ultra-Realist Lens

How did a transient physical labourer whom was once noted as an aspiring and promising boxer come to hold the grizzly ...

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Raising Awareness of Coercive Control

Amidst the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, I thought it would be beneficial to reflect on my attend...

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Attacking a Giant: The lessons of Pearl Harbour

As many around the world prepare for the annual festivities, it is maybe important to remember another key moment that...

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Grenfell Tower Walk

In June 2017 the country’s attention focused on London, as we witnessed one of the UK’s worst disasters: the fire at G...

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The Norwegian response to Breivik is a sign of a “fundamentally civilised nation”

What should be the main purpose of imprisonment? Criminology Lecturer Liam Brolan explores Norway's response to Anders...

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Mental Health and Suicide: It’s Complicated but Simple

For Mental Health Awareness Day, Professor Craig Jackson looks at the complexity of suicidal behaviour.

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7 careers for Social Sciences graduates

When you work hard on your university degree, you want to know what jobs are out there for you when you graduate.

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Top Four Reasons to be a Criminologist

Where there is civilization, there is crime. 

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Everyday psychology tricks marketers use

Psychology plays a large role in marketing, so we thought we would examine just a handful of the psychological tricks m...

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Five Ways Black Studies will Profoundly Change University Education

We took the first step forward in opening up academic discussions on race relations and Black history in Europe.

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5 reasons to study a Sociology degree

Here are five reasons why we think you should consider studying Sociology.

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The Grindr killer

Exploring the Stephen Port case 

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The branches of social sciences explained

Criminology, Psychology and Sociology - which one is for you?

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