BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology
Do you want to make sense of the rapidly changing society in which we live and the freedom with which information, money, goods and services now move across national boundaries? Would you like to understand the effects of this globalisation on modern Britain?
Are you interested in how deviance in social circumstances can lead to crime? Are you fascinated by social justice, human rights and the workings of the criminal justice system?
On this course, you’ll study these issues in the vibrant, multicultural setting of east London. You’ll graduate with a degree that has vocational relevance, while putting no limit on your career options.
If you want to be a probation officer, for example, you need to know about criminology. This course is an exciting way of preparing for a career while studying the wider questions that sociology addresses and the impact it has on our daily lives.
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The best place to study Sociology with Criminology in the UK
East London, is known for diversity of wealth and culture, and fast moving change, but still faces issues relating to inequality, racism and crime. By adding a broad sociological perspective to a more specialised focus on crime and deviance, you'll develop the critical perspective that employers in the public and private sector really value.
Sociology with Criminology, BA (Hons)
The tutors are all very approachable. You can talk to them about things you are struggling with and they are very happy to help you. It’s an atmosphere of encouragement.I had a real interest and passion for criminal behaviour and finding out what actually causes it. What stands out to me are all of the different theories about what may cause people to commit crime.
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What you'll learn
This three-year (full-time) or four-year (part-time) degree course will connect you to the real-world issues that exist in our community.
Sociology is about the world we live in, how we interact and relate to each other. Developing your understanding of people will help your understanding of criminality.
The course combines social theory and the appliance of that theory to the real world beyond the classroom or the lecture hall with an unusual combination of criminology modules.
You can choose to study youth crime and sub-culture, football hooliganism and global illicit drug trafficking. Or perhaps you will be drawn to the appeal of terrorism studies and surveillance, technology and society.
You’ll learn about the different types of crimes that exist and explore various theories about why people commit certain crimes.
As well as providing you with a strong theoretical grounding through a variety of criminology options, we’ll also give you a comprehensive knowledge of criminal law.
What you'll study and when
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (Core)
Social Theory 1 (Core)
Research Methods for Sociology and Social Policy (Core)
Crime, Deviance and Social History
Social Theory 2 (Core)
Social Policy 2 (Optional)
Crime, Danger, and the City (Optional)
Understanding Social Change (Optional)
Adventures in Intersectionality (Optional)
Work Placement (Core)
Global Illicit Drug Markets (Optional)
Terrorism Studies (Optional)
Psychological Criminology (Optional)
Policing and Criminal Investigation (Optional)
Organised Crime and Cyber-Crime (Optional)
Housing and Urban Regeneration (Optional)
Gender Studies (Optional)
Constructions of Race in Culture and Politics (Optional)
Surveillance, Technology and Society (Optional)
The New Cultural Sociology: Taking Culture Seriously (Optional)
Cultures of Work/Place (Optional)
How you'll be assessed
All modules are assessed through different forms of coursework – typically 2,000-word essays – and some of the optional modules also include exams.
In addition to traditional essays, we’ll expect you to write reports and policy reviews and to give presentations. This is to ensure you’ll gain the relevant skills that can be transferred to the workplace. In your final year, you’ll write a research dissertation.
How you'll learn
Sociology with Criminology at the University of East London is taught by research-active staff who are passionate about their subjects. We’re committed to providing you with a world-class education in a socially diverse environment.
You’ll learn how to gather, organise and use data, information and evidence from a variety of sources. You’ll gain an understanding of how to construct reasoned argument and put forward solutions to problems.
Debate will be at the centre of your learning experience when you study criminology. The amount of data produced, particularly in relation to crime, can be colossal, and interpreting it intelligently – as you will learn to do – is the basis for conducting informed and coherent debate on social issues.
As a student, you'll be able to opt for a work placement and will be eligible to apply for paid summer work as part of our undergraduate research internship scheme. The scheme offers up to £2,000 to enable students to work on important research projects and boost their CVs.
We also have excellent links with postgraduate teacher-training and social work courses, as these are popular destinations for our students after they graduate.
“We have ten people teaching in our sociology department, a big team, which is unique in London,” says Dr Penny Bernstock, Head of Sociology. “So you get a very rich experience and lots of subject choice.”
Your future career
A sociology degree from UEL will prepare you for a wide range of jobs such as teaching, journalism and social work. Add criminology to your qualification and you’ll be able to specialise, should you wish, with a career in the police force, the probation service, pressure groups or central and local government.
UEL has strong links with criminal justice organisations who work with us both in and out of the classroom. You’ll benefit from these links as they can help you choose your career after you graduate.
You may wish to become a prison officer, a community development worker, a probation officer or a youth worker.
This degree will also give you the skills to move into a career as an adult guidance worker, a housing management officer or manager or a social researcher, or it could set you on the road to becoming a solicitor.
Alternatively, you may decide you want to continue your fascinating discovery of the social issues that affect us all by staying on at UEL and helping to shape the local community on one of our postgraduate courses.
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