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BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

Study society and human behaviour while you explore why people commit crimes 

L390
3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Overview

Are you interested in the issues in the criminal justice system, and the impact these issues have on groups and individuals? This course explores these topics and prepares you for a rewarding and impactful career in the fields of criminology and sociology.

The study of sociology and criminology sit hand in hand. Sociology explores society and human behaviour, while criminology delves into who commits crimes and why. BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology allows you to explore the relationship between sociological issues such as race, gender and poverty, and discover how they relate to crime and punishment.

On this course you will:

  • Explore a range of sociology, criminology, psychology and social policy topics.
  • Be taught by a team who have rubbed shoulders with criminals.
  • Focus on what is going on in the 21st century, and debate how this can affect the future.
  • Develop employability skills like decision making and critical analysis.
  • Complete assignments linked to real-world issues.
  • Have the opportunity to focus on topics that interest you.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through small seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials, with typical class sizes up to 25 people. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate, and practical research.

You will be assessed through a variety of assignments including essays, group and individual presentations, poster design and exams.

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Why Sociology Matters I and II

In this module you will explore key sociological principles and theories. You will discuss the role of sociology in understanding the world we live in and develop the knowledge and skills you need to ‘think sociologically’. You will discover why sociology provides fascinating insights into so many aspects of our social world and develop your ability to provide supporting evidence for your views and opinions.

Criminal Law I

This module introduces you to the different aspects of Criminal Law. You will examine the theory Underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability. You will develop an understanding of a range of criminal offences and be able to analyse and evaluate related case law. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Crime and Punishment: Inside a Criminal Mind

This module explores key issues and debates in criminology and gives you a solid foundation in these topics. You will explore the origins of crime, categorisation of crime, theories of crime, and the psychological frameworks of crime.

Social Identities and Inequalities I and II

Does family mean a place of safety, nurture and stability, or a site of oppression, conflict and turmoil? You will explore opposing views and perspectives of what it means to be a ‘family’, using sociological theory and contemporary research to develop your understanding of family and social change.

Ageing and the Life Course

What is ‘childhood’? How would you define ‘old age’? This module explores how childhood and old age are ‘socially constructed’. You will explore the historical view of children as merely ‘mini adults’, the invention of the ‘teenager’, and the contemporary view of old age being defined as roughly 20 years older than the person defining it. You will discuss how government policy has attempted to keep pace with changing social attitudes and ask questions about what kind of society we should grow up in.

Crime and Society

This module examines how society manages crime and criminals and introduces you to the wider judicial and prison systems. You will consider the role of the media, moral panics, emerging crimes, and world approaches to crime.

Being Human: Emotions and Behaviour in Social Life

<span style="background-color: #ffffff; font-size: 14px;"> </span>What does it mean to be ‘human’? This question has puzzled humans throughout the centuries, and we often find answers in religion and philosophy as well as biology. Recent advances in psychology, sociology and neuroscience have revealed the importance of emotions in shaping human behaviour, social attitudes and the social structures we experience every day. <span style="background-color: #ffffff; font-size: 14px;">Discussions in this module will aim to revolutionise how you see the world around you.</span>

Sex, Sexualities and Society

Although sexuality is a relatively recent concept, issues concerned with sexuality have a long history in cultures across the world. On this module you will explore how our contemporary views towards sexuality have evolved and the social forces that shape current debates, questions and arguments.

Analysing Social Problems

You will draw upon ethical principles to explore questions of ‘what is right and wrong?’ and ‘what should be done?’. You will investigate how and why governments and other policymakers make decisions and, in doing so, gain deeper insights into how we, as individuals, view problems and make choices about the issues that affect our lives. Human psychology will inform your discussions as you learn how people think and explore the common biases and mental shortcuts that can lead to prejudice and faulty decision making.

Mental Health and Forensic Psychology

This module is an opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of key constructs, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. You will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system. You will be assessed through an essay, a presentation and a reflective report.

Culture, Media and Society

Get to explore the impact of media and culture on the society with a look at specific challenges in the present day.

Criminology Classics and Controversies

You will develop your critical knowledge of classic and contemporary criminological cases and your understanding of the role of criminology in understanding different forms of crime. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast profiles of criminological cases.

Research Methods

This module looks at the application of qualitative, quantitative, statistical and mixed methods to social work practice. Research approaches such as thematic analysis, ethnography, evaluation and grounded theory will be explored. Research design and instruments such as observation, interviews and questionnaires, focus groups and surveys will be used as well as data collection and analysis.

Criminal Law II

This module continues to develop your understanding of Criminal Law. You will examine homicide and non-fatal offences. You will also develop an understanding of a range of defences. You will be able to analyse and evaluate related case and statutory law and proposed reforms.

Making a Difference 2: Preparation for Professional Careers

This module offers another opportunity to get involved in real social issues. You will develop your communication, problem-solving and other employability skills as you explore a topic of your choice.

Aggression, Violence and Abuse: a Sociological Perspective

You will use a sociological perspective to investigate the causes and impact of aggression, violence and abuse. Drawing on historical sources, you will note how social attitudes evolve and discuss the influence of feminism and other social movements in framing current debates. You will explore the life chances of victims of aggression violence and abuse as well as themes as diverse as child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, cyberbullying, harassment and hate crimes. You will investigate implications of these topics for individuals, society and social change.

Sexual Offenders – Across the Life Course

This module will introduce you to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course, while considering the typology of offenders in this cohort.

A Dangerous World? Risk, Anxiety and the Media

In this module you will explore how society constructs notions of risk, danger and dangerousness. You will understand how the media functions in creating heightened anxieties in the population and how and why politicians respond to these anxieties. You will critically analyse stories in the media and form your own judgements about phenomena presented as being a risk to society, exploring the social impact of themes as diverse as Covid-19, crime, mental health, islamophobia and youth culture.

Music, TV and Film in a Changing World

With a specific focus on the 21st Century and the latter part of the 20th Century, this module will take you on a journey through key social changes and movements as reflected and shaped by music, TV and film. You will discuss a range of topics starting with the protest songs of the 1960s and explore how music has influenced and been shaped by key events and societal changes, and explore how film, TV and other media forms have highlighted society.

Young People and Crime

You will examine the factors that contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and consider crimes committed against them. You will explore the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.

Independent Project (Sociology with Criminology Dissertation)

On this independent project you will engage in in a longer-term analytical piece of research on a topic relevant to sociology and criminology. You will conduct an in-depth investigation into an aspect of the course that particularly interests you. You could undertake research that fits into a qualitative or a quantitative framework, complete a business-related project to consider the needs of students developing their own businesses,  or choose a topic that prepares you for your future career.

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Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree prepares you for a range of careers across the industry. You could work in welfare careers like social work or the probation service or in areas such as the prison service, police or the Home Office. You could work in criminal justice, the legal system, or HM Revenue and Customs. Other areas include counselling, education and working for the local government.

 

You will develop your research skills during the course so you could work as a researcher in large company or the Civil Service. Many students also go on to postgraduate studies and become independent researchers.

Potential careers include:

  • Social worker
  • Community development worker
  • Probation officer
  • Prison officer
  • Counsellor
  • Human rights officer
  • Advice worker
  • Teacher
  • Social researcher

Further Study

You may decide to continue your study at the University of Chichester and undertake a postgraduate degree. Our postgraduate courses offer you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and greatly improve your career prospects. Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include Masters, PGCE and PhD.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BBC-CC
BTEC/Cambridge Technical
DMM-MMM
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
with at least 12 Distinction and 15 Merits
GCSEs
C/4 or above
in English language.
IB
26-28 points
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.

Optional Integrated Foundation Year

We also offer BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology with an integrated foundation year. This course is for you if you have not met the course entry requirements yet, or if you feel like you may need a little more preparation to make the most of your university studies.

Non-standard Application Entry Routes

The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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