Criminology and Social Policy (BSc Econ)
Please note that this course is currently under review. Therefore the information shown is subject to change and indicative only. The review is expected to be completed by February 2017. This page will be updated after that date and will then represent the basis on which the University intends to deliver the course
Criminology and Social Policy gives students the opportunity to combine study of crime, deviance and victimisation with study of wider society and the social and governmental policies within it.
This degree programme is an opportunity to study both Criminology and Social Policy within an interdisciplinary social sciences context.
Criminology is the field of study which focuses on criminalisation, victimisation, and social responses to crime and disorder. We draw on a range of social science perspectives and offer you the chance to explore sociological, psychological and political approaches to crime and its control.
Social Policy is the study of how societies respond to human need and seek to promote the wellbeing of their members. This includes debates about the goals of policy: how do we decide what human needs are, whose responsibility is it to meet human needs, and what we mean by ‘social justice'.
You will learn how to evaluate and interpret evidence, apply theories and examine policies in an objective fashion. Teaching draws upon a wide range of data and methods to investigate a range of policy challenges, ranging from problems of crime, justice and control to promoting social justice and environmental sustainability.
- The opportunity to learn from leading criminologists with strong links to police, probation and prisons, as well as local authorities, and Welsh and UK government institutions.
- The opportunity for you to learn in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF).
- The involvement of research-active staff in teaching.
- The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
- The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School.
- The opportunity to study abroad.
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Typical places available||The School typically has 280 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives 1250 applications.|
For detailed entry requirements see the School of Social Sciences admissions criteria pages.
|Typical A level offer||ABB, excluding General Studies.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core, plus grades BB at A level.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||34-33 points.|
|Other requirements||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.|
This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year, with the option of completing a 40-credit dissertation in year three. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
In year one, you will study four core modules. You will then choose two more modules from a selection that includes introductions to sociology, psychology, social analytics and education.
Criminology foundation modules focus on developing your capacity to think about problems of crime, justice and crime control as a social scientist. A strong emphasis is placed on introducing you to the research methods involved in gathering criminological data and the relationships between this evidence and the theories developed within criminology.
In the first year, you’ll have a more intensive personal tutor programme to help you to make the transition to higher education.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Education and Society||SI0005||20 credits|
|Sociology, Society and Social Change||SI0237||20 credits|
|Philosophy & Methodology of the Social Sciences||SI0257||20 credits|
|Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics||SI0258||20 credits|
|Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology||SI0267||20 credits|
You will take five core modules and have the option of choosing another module from across the disciplines in the School, including a credit-bearing placement module.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Gender Relations and Society||SI0072||20 credits|
|Inequality & The Division of Labour||SI0075||20 credits|
|Children and Childhood||SI0141||20 credits|
|Sociology of Education||SI0234||20 credits|
|Migration, 'Race' and Ethnic Relations||SI0235||20 credits|
|Cultural Sociology||SI0239||20 credits|
|Working Knowledge: Analysing & Experiencing Employment (With Placement)||SI0240||20 credits|
|Knowing the Social World - Online and Offline||SI0259||20 credits|
|Real World Research (with placement)||SI0265||20 credits|
In year three, you will have the option of undertaking a dissertation project, designing, conducting and writing up a small scale research project supervised by a member of academic staff. You will also study modules in both Criminology and Social Policy.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Conflict & Change in Educational Policy||SI0151||20 credits|
|Globalisation and Social Change||SI0158||20 credits|
|New Frontiers in Sociology||SI0163||20 credits|
|Power, Culture and Identity||SI0164||20 credits|
|Diversity, Crime and Criminal Justice||SI0184||20 credits|
|Prisons and Community Sanctions||SI0203||20 credits|
|Power, Politics and Policy||SI0206||20 credits|
|Equality and Diversity in Education and Work||SI0220||20 credits|
|Reflections on Teaching and Learning Practice, Theory and Experience||SI0241||20 credits|
|International and Comparative Social and Public Policy||SI0247||20 credits|
|Digital Society: Theory, Method and Data||SI0248||20 credits|
|Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine||SI0250||20 credits|
|Policing: Theory, Evidence and Policy||SI0263||20 credits|
|Science, Risk and Resistance in a Global Age||SI0264||20 credits|
How will I be taught?
In the School of Social Sciences you will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.
In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests.
As social science develops in response to the social world, so our curriculum also changes. Our students play an important role in these developments, with the Student-Staff Panel being consulted about major changes and all students completing module evaluations and an annual student survey.
How will I be supported?
A personal tutor will guide you for the duration of your studies. The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.
All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects
You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake assessments that don’t count towards your final grade but give you an opportunity to assess your progress and to get feedback on your work.
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:
- knowledge of contemporary theory and research in both Criminology and Social Policy
- communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team);
- using ICT;
- interpreting and presenting relevant information, for example as part of a research project.
- demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work;
- recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
- managing learning and performance (including time management);
- demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.
In 2013/14, 95% of School of Social Science graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.
We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.
Our Criminology graduates have gone onto a range of related careers in criminal justice and the growing fields of community safety, crime reduction and security management. Others have followed a variety of career paths including research, teaching, policing, legal professions, social work and social care, administration and management.
Social Policy is a practical and policy-relevant subject so is excellent preparation for careers in social and policy research, the civil service, community development work, social work, and teaching.
UK and EU students (2017/18)
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our Funding and fees section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Students from outside the EU (2017/18)
Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.
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