Sociology with Criminology BSc (Hons)

Overview

If you're interested in studying sociological theory and methods, and you're also interested in criminology, this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree is ideal.

Two thirds of this course is based in sociology with the remaining third in criminology. You'll explore the complexities of society using social theory and have the opportunity to learn about the different theories of crime.

You'll delve into current debates about sociology and criminology, develop your critical thinking and research skills, and learn from passionate lecturers and teaching staff.

When you complete the course, you'll be suited to roles or further training in the probation service (if you follow the probation pathway), local government and police force.

What you'll experience

On this Sociology with Criminology degree course, you'll:

  • Get an in-depth understanding of sociological theory and apply this to contemporary issues
  • Learn how people's life histories relate to wider social structures
  • Get an understanding of theories of crime and criminology
  • Understand and critically analyse notions of justice
  • Assess competing perspectives on society and crime, making rational arguments based on evidence
  • Develop analytical, communication and social research skills
  • Increase your employability through local volunteer work or a work placement in a criminal justice organisation
  • Have the opportunity to study certain modules as part of the Probation Pathway, which allows you to enter the Probation Service as a trainee probation officer after the course

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core sociology modules in this year are:

  • Developing your Sociological Imagination
  • Theorising Social Life
  • Research Design and Analysis

Core criminology modules in this year are:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Understanding Criminology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year are:

  • Doing Sociological Research (sociology)
  • Questioning Criminology (criminology)

You'll also need to choose 3 optional sociology modules and 1 criminology module.

Optional sociology modules in this year are:

  • Work, Employment and Society
  • Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
  • Challenging Global Inequality
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Physical Culture, Sport and Health
  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
  • Violence, War and Society
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • The Politics of the Body
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Risk and Society
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • Modernity and Globalisation
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday

Optional criminology modules are:

  • Community Justice
  • Foundation of Economic Crime
  • Hate Crime
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Missing Persons: Issues and Investigations
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
  • Crime and the Media
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Penology and Prison
  • Policing a Diverse Society
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Examples of placement organisations include:

  • Why Me? Restorative Justice
  • SEK International School, Spain
  • Aurora New Dawn – a charity giving safety, support, advocacy and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year are:

  • Sociology Dissertation or Major Project

You'll also need to choose 2 optional sociology modules and 2 criminology modules.

Optional sociology modules in this year are:

  • Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
  • Challenging Global Inequality
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Physical Culture, Sport and Health
  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
  • Violence, War and Society
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • The Politics of the Body
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday

Optional criminology modules are:

  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • Dangerous Offender and Public Protection
  • Green Crime and Environmental Justice
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Political Extremism
  • Social Policy, Justice and Crime
  • Contemporary Criminologies
  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Gender and Crime
  • Management of Criminal Investigations
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Money Laundering and Compliance
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • workshops

There's an emphasis on participation on this course, you'll take part in group debates and discussions, and gain experience in research and interviewing techniques.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • written essays and tests
  • both group and individual projects
  • seminar participation
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • a 9,000-word dissertation

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

After this Sociology with Criminology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will help you get started on the career ladder and support for you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

After the course, you'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

  • teaching and lecturing
  • research
  • health and social care
  • advertising
  • marketing and media
  • local government
  • counselling
  • voluntary services
  • human resources and recruitment
  • business administration and personnel management
  • law enforcement
  • probation

You can also take optional specialist modules that prepare you for entry into the police force or probation service.

Job roles you could take on include:

  • probation officer
  • police officer
  • lecturer
  • teacher
  • civil servant
  • social researcher
  • human resource manager
  • counsellor
  • charity worker
  • campaigner
BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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