Kenilworth School

Criminology Preparation

Kenilworth School and Sixth Form

Criminology Department – Preparation work


Task1: Campaigns for change research

As part of your course you will have to look at campaigns that have caused a change in the law. You will also have to plan your own campaign.

Conduct research on the following campaigns. Find out what the original crime was that sparked the campaign; what the aim of the campaign was; what methods were used (eg. TV interviews, advertising, wristbands, petitions, T-shirts etc) and whether the campaign was successful.

Sarah’s Law

The Double Jeopardy Law

Dignity in Dying

Snowdrop Campaign

Slow Down for Bobby

Anti-Foxhunting Campaign


Task 2: Newspaper research

Research how newspapers report crime and the types of crime they report on. Consider differences between local newspapers, national newspapers, tabloids and broadsheets in their reporting of crime.

For each newspaper consider the following:

  • The name of the newspaper
  • Type of crime reported
  • Examples of headlines and language used


Task 3: Key Terms

Find out what the following key words mean.

Key Term



Social Definition

Legal Definition





Moral Panic


Civil Liberties


Miscarriage of justice


Criminology watch list:

You may find some of these interesting to watch

Watching List - Criminology

  • Any documentaries, including Panorama, Louis Theroux, Stacey Dooley, Mind of a Murderer etc
  • McMafia (previously BBC i-player)
  • Chernobyl (drama)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Ted Talks/Crime/Criminal Justice
  • Cold Case Files (Netflix)
  • I Am A Killer (Netflix)
  • When They See Us Now – Oprah Winfrey (Netflix)
  • The Push – Derren Brown (Netflix)
  • MacIntyre Undercover: The Chelsea Headhunters (Youtube)