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. Finally, you will finish the year by undertaking your first professional placement.
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. Youwill explore various groups and subcultures associated with crime which may include football hooligans, honour based violence and child criminality whilst considering the issues such groups present to the working of society. Towards the end of the year you will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminology and sociology research 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, the prison service, and domestic violence. Throughout the entire final year you will choose an academic member of staff who will supervise you on one-to-one basis to undertake a specialised and independent piece of research.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: