Combining two exciting and complementary disciplines, this fascinating degree explores some of society’s most pressing issues in relation to inequality, deviance and marginality.
Our course has been designed with input from the British Sociological Association and our experienced teaching staff includes qualified educationalists, active researchers and experts in areas such as race, gender, media, sexuality, sport, class identities, deviancy, punishment and crime.
We have excellent links with local organisations and employers, many of whom provide work placements, including the Citizens Advice Bureau and local Council.
If you have a curious, analytical mind and are interested in crime and its effects on individuals, offenders and society at large, this course aims to engage you in challenging, often emotive debate around issues such as ethnicity, racism and sexism.
Underpinned by core sociological and criminological theories and research methods, our degree focuses on the impact of crime and criminal justice in a broad social and global context – its effect on individuals, families, communities and workplaces. We will draw on case studies from around the world, rather than exclusively from Britain, the USA and other ‘Western’ nations. Previously, we have compared issues such as refugees and patterns of immigration and integration in Gothenburg.
Why choose this course?
This joint degree course explores how societies develop and change and the role of individuals in relation to social groups, institutions and global forces. We study the core principles of crime and criminal justice, together with social theory, social policy analysis and social justice.
In Sociology, we will explore a range of key contemporary social issues, including: globalisation and development, modernity and postmodernity, inequality and social exclusion, media and culture, the family and gender relations, the city and urbanisation and crime and deviance.
In the Criminology components of the course, you will be introduced to theories of crime, deviance, control and punishment and develop rich understanding of the workings of criminal justice institutions such as the police, the law courts and prisons.
We will encourage you to challenge some of the typical preconceptions about the nature of crime and disorder. In doing so, you should develop strong analytical abilities, enabling you to cast a perceptive and critical eye on the world and convey your ideas and views effectively, skills which are beneficial in any number of careers.
Throughout your studies, we try to embed real-life experience of social policy and will attend a range of events and conferences, often featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries. For example, in the past, students have attended the British Sociological Association Annual Conference and the Coventry University ‘Sociology Speaking Seminar Series’ and witnessed debate about issues, policy and laws around areas such as social justice, media, immigration and current political affairs.
After your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year on professional placement or studying abroad. Placements in the UK have included Prison Support Officers, Student Advocacy and Refugee Worker, youth Co-ordinators, Rehabilitation Support Workers, Management Trainees, Event Co-ordinators and Marketing Placements.
The final year of the programme allows for greater personalisation with a choice of two optional modules. In Bodies, Power and Cultural Politics, for example, we look at sport as an aspect of social life often taken for granted as a simple form of ‘leisure’ or ‘entertainment’, when in reality it is an important social activity which produces and reinforces ideas, values, individual and collective identities, social structure and relations. We will consider a range of case studies, like the 1936 ‘Nazi Olympics’ in Berlin and debates on the biological and racial basis of athletic ability.
You will also be expected to conduct your own piece of supervised research in an area of your choice. This can be done as a 10,000 word research project or as an audio-visual documentary. In the past, students have explored issues such as media representations of deviancy, the racialisation of crime and violence and gender.
International experience opportunities
One of the main features of this course is its international focus. Our lecturers come from all over the world and have expertise in international issues, global development and comparative sociology.
There are opportunities for overseas fieldtrips, study or placements abroad. For example, in recent years, students have studied on a range of sociology related and non-directly sociology related courses at universities in Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands (subject to application and possible additional costs).
Our Study Trip module provides further opportunities for international experiences and has previously facilitated visits to Krakow, Berlin, Istanbul, Poland, Sarajevo and Gothenburg where students have visited a number of significant social, cultural and political spaces such as Auschwitz and the military airport of Boccadifalco (additional costs may apply).
For those students who are not engaged in any of the above activities, we also run an International Week, where, among various events and activities, you will hear from international speakers and view international films.
Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that will help set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers.
Our Creative Futures Unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance that can help you develop the transferrable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.