Explore your interests in causes of crime, criminal behaviours, deviance, the criminal justice system, justice and punishment, policing, transnational crime, forensic mental health, crime and the media, social and public policy, as well as impacts of race/ ethnicity, gender, class and health.
As an interdisciplinary course you will have the opportunity to develop a critical and an analytical mind and explore issues from diverse theoretical perspectives.
In the first year, you will be introduced to the intellectual foundations of both subjects and core skills in social sciences.
The second year provides an opportunity to explore your interests through option units alongside the core units.
The final year covers specialised areas and a research project of your choice.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
- Learn to interpret and evaluate evidence, and make informed and reasoned arguments
- Study with expert staff including social scientists from a variety of backgrounds including forensic psychiatry and youth justice
- Develop your communication, group work, IT, problem-solving and job search and application skills
- Challenge yourself to develop your own position on policy and practice
- Benefit from a course that can lead you into a range of careers in policing, the prison service, juvenile justice, youth work, educational welfare, family care, probation and social work, as well as other jobs in social services, local government, social administration, HR, communications and marketing
The BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology course will allow you to achieve a range of skills and levels of personal enquiry deemed essential in the world of work.
On completion of the course you will have the ability to understand and have knowledge of the broader context of the discipline of Criminology and of Sociology. This, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills, together with the collaborative approach adopted in the learning and the ability to make sound judgements, will equip you with the qualities and skills necessary for employment.
You will be encouraged to move ‘beyond the lecture room’ and to take up volunteering experiences. This helps students to gain practical experience of working with and understanding vulnerable groups and enhances your CV.
Careers for graduates can include:
- Graduate training schemes
- Youth Justice/Work
- National Offender Management Service (NOMs) organisations
- Social Work
- Housing sector