In the first year you will explore the introductory core theories that underpin the disciplines of sociology and police studies. You will also explore the sociology of deviance and policing to develop a connection between your studies of sociology and police studies. Additionally, you will be challenged to address your own preconceptions of society whilst being encouraged to consider the variety of ethical and social justice issues that arise within policing. You will also be introduced to the key research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of crime and society. The year ends with a professional placement, following a programme of placement preparation activities.
In year two you will build upon your core knowledge to gain a detailed understanding of the contemporary and global social issues that sociologists have analysed, which may include consumerism, globalisation, and contemporary social inequalities. Alongside this you will explore the role of the police within communities to address key issues such as deviance and radicalisation, whilst exploring subcultures of deviance through cultural criminology. You also have the opportunity to specialise exploring topics such as sociology and religion, politics and culture, or children’s rights. A second professional placement at the end of the year allows you to further explore your career aspirations and goals.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity to further specialise in your sociological studies exploring wide-ranging contemporary topics such as gender and society, the sociology of childhood, prisons and punishment, or the sociology of sport. You will also have the opportunity to study modules that cover policing issues such as sexual exploitation, and the investigation of serious violent crime. You will also apply your knowledge of sociology and police studies to undertake an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: