Sociology and Criminology
Study crime and its cost to society
Why take this course?
This course allows you to bring together the study of two well-matched social sciences, focusing on their shared interest in the extent of crime, how society controls crime, and how it deals with those taken into the criminal justice system. It is an ideal programme for students interested in this central issue of our times.
What will I experience?
On this course, you can:
- Engage with and evaluate current critical debates and classical theories in both fields
- Utilise some of the many resources available to you, such as our large archive of documentary films
- Volunteer locally or do a work placement alongside your studies to improve your employability
What opportunities might it lead to?
This course provides a sound basis for careers in commerce, industry and the service sector. You will possess numerous key transferable skills to enter a wide range of careers and professions.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- working in the police force
- social work
- working for the local government
- civil service
The course is a 50/50 combination and we are offered a wide range of modules in both subjects which allows you to build your degree to your interests and strengths.
Rebecca Evans, BSc (Hons) Sociology and Criminology student 2013
- UCAS Course Code:
- 3 years full time
240-300 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man full-time students: £8,750 p/a*
International full-time students: £10,500 p/a*
*Please note that all fees are subject to annual increase.
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- School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
Structure & Teaching
In your first year, you’ll follow a core programme of study focused on introductory units in both fields of study, plus the development of study and employability skills.
- Theorising Social Life
- Research Design and Analysis
- Introduction to Criminology
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Studying Society
- Researching Criminology 1
During this year, you’ll follow core units from each academic field, and choose from a range of options to complement these. You will also begin to plan an appropriate topic for their dissertation and acquire the necessary research skills. There is an option in this year to apply for an exchange programme with Moorhead State University, USA.
- Modernity & Globalisation: Classical & Contemporary Perspectives
- Questioning Criminology
- Punishing Offenders
- Police, Law and Community
- Criminal Law and Psychology
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Key Issues in Criminal Justice
- Understanding Deviance and Social Problems
- Emotions and Social Life
- Urban Sociology
- Work, Employment and Society
- Doing Sociological Research
- Global, State and Corporate Security
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice
- Crime, Reduction, Partnerships and Community Safety
- Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
- Languages (University Wide Option)
- Learning from Experience (Faculty Wide Option)
As a final year student, you’ll spend much of your study time working on your dissertation. This is a major piece of individual work where you have the opportunity to examine in detail part of the course that has interested you most. You will also be able to shape your year with optional units from both strands of your course.
- Dissertation/Major Project
- Transformations of Modern Societies
- Food, Culture and Society
- Animals and Society
- Young People, State and Society
- Learning from Experience
- Arts and Society
- Violence, War and Society
- Sociology of Culture
- Contemporary Criminologies
- Safer Communities and Neighbourhood Policing
- Dangerous Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
- Fighting Fraud and Corruption
- Hate Crime
- Forensic Psychology
- Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
- Cyber Crime: Virtual Realities, Control and Mitigation
- Miscarriages of Justice
- Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
Teaching and Assessment
Our teaching approach involves lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, with a strong emphasis on participation. Get fully involved in group debates and discussions, and gain hands on experience as you carry out survey research, qualitative interviewing and other research techniques.
How are you assessed?
You will be assessed throughout the course via a wide range of assessment methods. Here’s how:
- written essays and tests
- both group and individual projects
- seminar participation
- a 10,000-word dissertation
Facilities & Features
The Study Centre
A suite of rooms with a comfy seating area, desks where you can work, printers, Mac workstations and access to the wireless network so you can log in using your own laptop. There are also several study rooms where you can work on group projects, alongside access to the University 3rd Space.
You will be taught by specialist staff who are actively undertaking research in this field, ensuring your learning keeps you abreast of the latest developments. Staff are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Careers & Opportunities
The NHS, local education authorities, counselling and voluntary organisations and charities are just some examples of organisations that would typically employ sociology graduates.
Careers in social research, counselling, community development, careers advice, teaching, probation and charity work are possible options for you after this course. However, many of these areas will require you to undergo further training after your first degree.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- social researcher
- market researcher
- investigative analyst
- detention custody officer
- careers advisor
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you’re involved in alongside your study.
The School of Social Historical and Literary Studies can offer you a number of work experience opportunities in a range of local organizations during your degree course. Currently these include projects at the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the New Theatre Royal, with local government departments and political groups, and a number of our students have worked on small research projects for the local community.
Finding a job is a competitive business, but the statistics show that 89 per cent of our 2011graduates went into employment, further study or training within six months of finishing their degrees.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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