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Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BA Criminology and Sociology

Discover the social, cultural, economic and political factors that lead to crime.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

LM39

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Start date

Course overview

Criminology and sociology are a logical – and valuable – combination of subjects. Crime happens in social contexts. Sociology helps us understand those contexts. Demand for criminologists with insight into crime’s impact on society is higher than ever.

This course can train you to meet that demand.  Through real-world examples, you'll explore crime’s effect on society and how society responds to crime.

You'll consider your own attitudes to crime, criminals and victims. And you’ll study topics like the relationship between the individual and society, the concept of deviance and how offenders are punished.

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6 reasons to study Criminology and Sociology at Hull

  1. Chance for placements with Humberside Police
  2. Chance to learn alongside prisoners at HMP Hull
  3. Annual criminal justice careers event
  4. Tailor your studies to fit your interests
  5. Staff expertise in critical, relevant areas
  6. 99% graduate employability rating*

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Introducing the Sociological Imagination

    This module maps the relationship between the individual and society. It will encourage you to think of yourself as a sociologist and to consider your place in the world.

    Visualising the Other

    This module will introduce you to the concept and idea of the 'other'. You will be exploring how difference is socially constructed, how it plays out on a visual level and how visual material is used to include some and exclude others.

    Crime, Deviance and Society

    Look back to the origins of criminology by focusing upon the concepts and study of deviance. The module brings you up to the present day by tracing how crime and deviance have been, and continue to be, deeply intertwined. An example of this shift is evident in how rapidly and completely our ideas about what is and is not criminal can change drastically over time, and how this is reflected in society and in the law.

    Collecting Social Data

    The module takes an integrative approach to research ethics and design. This provides a foundation for critical skills in understanding research, as well as the practical skills to conduct independent research.

    Apocalypse and Utopia

    Narratives of the end of the world are omnipresent in popular culture. You will study the relevance of apocalyptic and utopian narratives and how they are used to elicit hope or instil fear in politics, urban planning, technology research, or warfare. You will also be introduced to key technical skills important for today's digital society.

    Social Theory: The Question of Modernity

    Discover how the kind of society we live in has been theorised over the last 150 years by exploring the work of 'the founding fathers'; Marx, Durkheim and Weber and their 'offspring', including major theorists like Bourdieu.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Punishment, Dangerousness and Risk

    You will study how and why we punish offenders and how offenders are dealt with by the contemporary penal system. You will examine how risk assessment and public protection has influenced the criminal justice system and consider a range of case studies of different types of offenders.

    Psychology of Offending and Victimisation

    You will learn about the decisions made by offenders in committing crime, such as why burglars choose one house over another and how the attitudes, emotions and behaviours of victims are affected by such crimes.

    Analysing Social Data

    This module builds on the Collecting Social Data research methods module and focuses on the next stages of social research, involving analysis and interpretation of research data. You will cover a range of approaches for analysis and interpretation of a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research data.

  • Optional

    Decolonising Otherness

    Learn about the 'otherness' of the non-Western other and how its most misunderstood beliefs and practices - magic, ritual and myth - can be de-colonised and become familiar.

    Visual and Material Cultures

    Explore how visual phenomena, such as popular media, and material objects, such as fashion and food, express norms and produce culture. You will become a visual researcher yourself and create a piece of visual research.

    Exploring Post-Theory

    This module continues the exploration of social theory by going beyond the mainstream and the conventional. It introduces excluded and marginalised voices: post-feminists, 'queers', ex-colonials, post-modernists and post-humans.

    Atrocities and Transitional Justice

    Explore how societies attempt to address their legacies of mass violence and gross violations of human rights. You will critically analyse the choices that post-repressive or post-conflict societies make in confronting past wrongdoings. These include criminal trials, truth commissions, reparations and amnesties.

    Criminology in Late Modernity

    You will look at how contemporary social theory has been used to understand recent developments in crime and crime control, taking in left and right realism, cultural criminology, contemporary feminist perspectives and advanced marginality.

    Inequalities, Social Divisions and Social Conflict

    In the era of austerity, social mobility in the UK has flatlined and social inequalities have become a cause for increasing political debate and public disquiet. You will consider the following topics: the relationship between politics, power and inequalities; the form and scale of inequalities; social class and social divisions; inequalities in relation to gender, ‘race’ and disability; the ‘problem of youth’; and the causes and consequences of social conflict through the window of the English riots, 2011.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • Optional

    Understanding and Interpreting Quantitative Data

    This module provides valuable quantitative research skills required for the dissertation and the job market. You will learn how to present quantitative results in a meaningful and informative way and to develop skills that allow you to accurately interpret and critically assess statistical output.

    Digital Citizens and Participatory Cultures

    On this module, you’ll learn how to critically analyse social media for its cultural content and the creation of new knowledge.

    Criminal Justice and Community Safety Placements

    You will take part in a proactive work placement where you experience the nature and range of work undertaken by the police and other criminal justice agencies. This provides you with a wide range of transferable skills and experience to help enhance your employability.

    Sociology at Work

    Learn about human development theory and apply this knowledge through the investigation of recent UK employment policy and labour market institutions.

    Modern Day Slavery in the UK

    Modern Slavery in the UK has risen exponentially over the past 20 years, from a few thousand victims at the turn of the Millennium, to an estimated 136,000 today (Global Slavery Index, 2018).  You will consider internationally recognised definitions of modern slavery and of how its incidence and scale is measured. 

    Surveillance and Social Control

    You will study a wide range of competing theoretical perspectives on the emergence of a surveillance society and examine what impact this transformation is having on policing, criminal justice and social justice.

    Drug Use Today

    You will be introduced to the study of ‘the drug problem’, in Western society from sociological and psychological perspectives. You'll also explore the range of theoretical perspectives used to explain drug using behaviour.

    Cyberterrorism and Extremism

    The work you will do reflects real-world practice as you look closer at what’s happening in the world today, and discuss and debate key terms such as ‘cyber’, 'radicalisation', 'terrorism', ‘extremism’ and 'violent extremism'. 

    Sex Work, Policy and Crime

    Consider the cultural, social and political issues regarding involvement in the commercial sex industry. Though lectures and seminars, you will be introduced to new ways of considering why people buy and sell sexual services in the UK and internationally.

    Learning Together - Desistance from Crime

    ​Delivered off-campus, this module involves a unique learning environment where prisoners and students share the same learning space, course materials and learning objectives. You'll attend weekly lectures at HMP Hull where you will study ‘desistance’ – how and why people stop offending - alongside prisoners.

    Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Criminology

    You will examine the origins and development of restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, critically analysing their key concepts, values, principles, practices and controversies surrounding them.

    Contemporary Imprisonment

    You will study broad themes in the contemporary sociology of imprisonment. You'll examine current controversies in the use of imprisonment and consider the effects of incarceration on a range of offenders, including women, young people and children, the elderly, and black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

20%
80%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

10%
90%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

156 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1044 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

10%
90%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Civil servant
  • Charity worker

Demand for Criminology graduates has increased significantly in recent years and our degree equips you with the knowledge and skills that are invaluable for a career in the field of criminal justice.

We hold an annual Criminal Justice careers event to introduce you to criminal justice and related organisations, helping you make vital career connections.

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