The first semester of year one will introduce you to the historical backdrop of sociology and criminology exploring how the sociological school of thought has changed throughout history whilst exploring how theoretical approaches to crime have changed, too. During semester one, you will also address your own conceptions of key issues within society through student-led debates. In semester two you can choose to gain a detailed understanding of the criminal justice system in England and Wales or can focus upon the changing contexts in sociology. You will also be introduced to the key contemporary research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of society. At the end of the year, you will undertake your first professional placement, following a programme of placement preparation activities.
Year two of the programme builds upon the core knowledge taught in year one with the focus being on specialist modules that relate to crime and society. Within year two you will be able to study a broad range of serious violent crimes exploring their prevalence in society, from homicide through to terrorism. You will be able to study the sociology of religion alongside exploring sociological aspects of politics and culture. You will explore various groups and subcultures associated with crime whilst considering role of various forms of media in influencing our understanding of crime and justice. Towards the end of the year you will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminology and sociology, including undertaking a courtroom observation, before finishing the year completing your second professional placement.
The final year of this degree programme allows you to really tailor your degree by choosing from a range of modules which cover topics such as: religion, sociological perspectives on childhood, contemporary cultural issues, gender & society, the prison service, and critical criminology. Throughout the entire final year you will undertake a specialised and independent piece of research, with one-to-one supervision from one of your tutors.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: