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Sociology and Criminology, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Examines how crime controls are related to broader sociological issues including class, ethnicity, identity and inequality
  • Focuses on social structures and institutions, and how these factors shape the individual and social life
  • Provides an understanding of crime and violence, crime policy and the relationship between social status and access to justice and rights
  • Introduces students to sociological theories and methods, with a particular focus on the causes of crime and the social, legal, and political responses to crime
  • Issues explored include how crime is defined, how society deals with crime, state regulation of crime and how the distinction between crime and deviance changes over time
  • Students gain a thorough grounding in sociological approaches and debates including understanding inequality, social stratification, identity, gender ethnicity and social policy
  • In addition to providing an understanding of theories and current debates within sociology and criminology the degree focuses on applied research skills and on enhancing career opportunities
  • Through taught courses, work placements and dissertation opportunities the degree fosters communication, analytical and organisational skills that enhance career prospects

Overview

Overview

The BSc Sociology and Criminology degree examines how crime control are related to broader sociological issues including class, ethnicity, identity and inequality. It focuses on social structures and institutions, and how these factors shape the individual and social life. It also provides an understanding of crime and violence, crime policy and the relationship between social status and access to justice and rights. It introduces students to sociological theories and methods with a particular focus on the causes of and social/legal/political responses to crime. Issues explored include how crime is defined, how society deals with crime, state regulation of crime and how the distinction between crime and deviance changes over time. Students also gain a thorough grounding in sociological approaches and debates including understanding inequality, social stratification, identity, gender ethnicity and social policy.

In addition to providing an understanding of theories and current debates within sociology and criminology the degree focuses on applied research skills and on enhancing career opportunities. Through taught courses, work placements and dissertation opportunities the degree fosters communication, analytical and organisational skills that enhance career prospects.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop an understanding of social structures and institutions and how these affect individuals' everyday lives
  • To provide insight into the causes of crime and the social, legal and political responses to it
  • To provide advanced practical research skills
  • To build independent thinking, intellectual curiosity and creativity
  • To create confidence, openness to new ideas and situations, and an ability to recognise and create opportunities
  • To foster cultural awareness, global and social responsibility
  • To enhance communication and analytical and management skills
  • To strengthen career related competencies including the use of information technologies, team work problem solving and professionalism
  • To provide students with a solid foundation for careers in related areas (for instance criminal justice, public policy, education, youth work, third sector) and/or postgraduate study in sociology, criminology, social/public policy.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

You should have:

112 UCAS points, which should include at least 104 points from A2 A-levels.

  • General studies is not normally accepted.
  • You'll also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics.
  • We accept alternative qualifications. For more information, please contact us.
  • You may be invited to an interview.

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Assessment

Assessment methods include a mixture of essays, examinations, mini portfolios, small scale research projects and verbal presentations.

Careers

This degree provides an excellent basis for careers in a wide range of areas. These include public policy, criminal justice, education, social services, community work, policing, probation and social welfare. Some career options may require further study.

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